Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Road to a Green Campus

Three Approaches to Transforming DC’s Universities

 

On May 23, three distinguished panelists engaged 40 of our CREW women in an informative, vibrant discussion of implementing sustainability at three of the leading local universities. Chris O’Brien, Director of Sustainability at American University, offered insight on the commitment that the university has made towards the green campus built environment and offered targeted analysis of the work on existing facilities and infrastructure. Patricia Andrasik, School of Architecture Professor, The Catholic University of America, explained specifics about the LEED laboratory pilot curriculum and its impact on the university’s sustainability initiatives. Meghan Chapple-Brown, Director of Sustainability at The George Washington University discussed the University’s strategy for community engagement and the institution’s service activities for sustainability. Jaime Van Mourik, Director of Higher Education at the USGBC Center for Green Schools moderated the discussion.

The sustainability directors brought both regional and political perspectives to the discussion examining how each university’s green initiatives affect its internal facilities management and the return on investment from the real estate perspective of implementing sustainability practices.