The final schedule is posted below. Presentations from the conference are linked throughout (when made available by the presenter).
Thursday, June 6
|11 a.m.-4:15 p.m.||Pre-conference Event|
- Summit on Civic Engagement and Sustainability organized by New York Campus Compact, New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education and the New York State Sustainability Education Working Group (requires separate registration)
|Allegany Room, Central Dining Hall|
|1:30-4:30 p.m.||Conference registration||PHS Lobby|
- Campus Farm
- Zero Energy Demonstration Home
|4:30-5:30 p.m.|| Keynote Speaker (open to the public)|
- John Anderson - "Civic Engagement and Sustainability: Honoring Tradition – Embracing Innovation"
|6 p.m.||Networking and Dinner||Central Dining Hall, 2nd Floor|
Friday, June 7
|8-8:30 a.m.||Continental Breakfast||PHS lobby|
|8:30-9:30 a.m.||Keynote Speaker|
- Leith Sharp - “Designed for Change: The 21st Century University and College”
|9:45-10:15 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
- “Promoting Sustainability Through a Member-Owned Cooperative”
- “Infusion of EfS Concepts Into Existing Curricula - Pilot Study Results”
- “Community Partnerships Encourage Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades”
|10:20-10:50 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
- “Corning's Global Energy Management (GEM) program”
- “Implementation of a Research-Based Sustainable Agriculture Program”
- “How partnerships create great learning in (and out of) the classroom”
|10:50-11:10 a.m.||Break and opportunity to view vendor displays||PHS lobby|
|11:15-11:45 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
- “R&D in energy reduction at Corning”
- “Reaping What You Sow: Leading Community College Students to Success”
- “Creating A Campus-wide Sustainability Plan”
|11:50-12:20 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
- “Family Farm, Family Cow and Beyond”
- “Mapping Campus-Community Partnerships with GPS Tools”
- “Real-Life Design Project Approach to Teaching Renewable Energy”
|12:30-1:45 p.m.||Lunch||Central Dining Hall, 2nd Floor|
|2-3:15 p.m.||Discussion with keynote speakers||PHS 107|
|3:20-3:40 p.m.||Break and opportunity to view vendor displays||PHS lobby|
|3:45-4:15 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
- “High Performance in Renovation: Allied Health Renovation”
- “Enabling Students to Advance Sustainability by Developing Corporate Sustainability Plans & Metrics”
- “Biomass Energy plus Sustainable Technologies equals Science Engineering and Education (BEST=SE²)”
|4:20-4:50 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
- "Kickstarting an energy management career path – the CUNY Building Performance Lab’s Energy Bootcamp"
- “Incorporating Students to Develop Solutions for Campus Sustainability Challenges”
|5-6 p.m.||Network Reception/Vendor Displays||PHS lobby|
|6 p.m.||Dinner||Central Dining Hall, 2nd Floor|
Saturday, June 8
Concurrent Session Abstracts
Friday, June 7
Promoting Sustainability Through a Member-Owned Cooperative
David Hardy - Organic Dairy Farmer, Mohawk, NY, and NY Pool Coordinator, Organic Valley Cooperative
David and Susan Hardy own and operate an organic dairy farm in Mohawk (near Utica), New York. David also serves as NY Pool Coordinator for Organic Valley Cooperative. He has been an important resource for other farmers across New York State considering a transition to organic production, including the College Farm at Alfred State. David will describe how Organic Valley seeks to promote sustainability through its membership services program and through its business decisions as a farmer-owned cooperative.
Infusion of EfS Concepts Into Existing Curricula - Pilot Study Results
Michael Jabot - Professor, Science Education, State University of New York at Fredonia
As we seek ways to introduce the concepts of sustainability and 21st century learning into our work, we in higher education are often faced with the challenge of students whose prior experiences have not addressed these ideas. This talk will present initial findings of a series of piloted learning experiences at the high school level that targeted major topics concerning education for sustainability. In particular, the topics of renewable energy sources; climate education; sustainable food systems and water education will be discussed. The intent of this pilot study is to investigate the impact that these interventions have in students’ future work.
Community Partnerships Encourage Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Gary Thompson - Instructional Specialist, Science and Technology, West Virginia University at Parkersburg
West Virginia University of Parkersburg (WVU-P) has partnered with local community leaders in Wood County West Virginia to develop and run a novel program designed to encourage residential energy efficiency upgrades within the community while giving students and recent graduates real world work experience in their chosen field. Since October 2011 the Energy Programs at WVU-P have been partnering with the Wood County Commission (the local county government), local banks, contractors and interested citizens, known collectively as Wood County Energy Efficiency Upgrades Group, to develop a program to improve the energy efficiency of middle and upper income homes in Wood County.
Corning's Global Energy Management (GEM) program
Scott Ryan - Operations Manager, Global Energy Group, Corning
The development of Corning’s new Global Energy Management initiative is a story of building on a small, successful, business-unit energy program to create a rapid shift in corporate thinking, new policies, and new action plans on energy use, costs, and security. Scott Ryan illustrates the features of the initial model program, and he chronicles the process by which it was scaled up into a global program that is optimizing energy-efficiency investments, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving energy supply reliability. He details implementation costs, proofs of success, and strategies for garnering needed high-level corporate commitments.
Implementation of a Research-Based Sustainable Agriculture Program
James Choate - Agriculture/Biological Sciences, Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Donald Hayes - Biology Professor, Seward County Community College
Seward County Community College (SCCC) is located in southwest Kansas. There has been a dramatic influx of immigrants in the area over the past decade. Many came for low-wage, low-skill jobs in the region’s world-class meat packing plants. Over 8,000 workers process more than 25,000 cattle daily in southwest Kansas, making it the most production-intensive meat-processing center in the world. Liberal is the county seat of Seward County (pop. 22,252, Census 2010) and the largest city for approximately 200 miles in any direction. Since 1980, the county’s Hispanic population has surged from 9% to more than half (56.6%)—one of only two counties in Kansas to have majority Hispanic status (Census 2010). More than a quarter of residents (28.5%) are foreign-born, and 50.6% speak a language other than English at home. Hispanic students make up 72.3% of the Liberal school district’s 2010-11 enrollment (KS Dept. of Ed., 2011), foreshadowing steady increases in the numbers likely to enroll at SCCC. SCCC is forging ahead to meet the demands of changing times. SCCC is a small, rural, Hispanic-Serving Institution (>2,000 students) in an isolated sixteen-county, multi-state region. Spread across four states (Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado), SCCC’s service area is about the size of West Virginia but has a population of approximately 100,000. Forty-seven percent of students come from Seward County and the remainder from the rest of the service area. Historically, few students at SCCC have graduated with associates degrees in agriculture and even fewer went on to complete a 4-year degree. With emerging technologies in sustainability and the desire to increase enrollment, SCCC applied for and received a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant in 2011. The grant has many priorities including: 1) increasing the number of Hispanic and other low income students who gain degrees in STEM fields, 2) developing model transfer and articulation agreements between with 4-Year institutions in STEM fields, 3) enabling more data-based decision making, 4) using research as a tool for STEM students, and 5) utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to enhance student learning and success. Undergraduate research is not standard at most 4-year universities and definitely not for freshmen and sophomores. SCCC is making strides to develop research projects for students to become better prepared for finishing a bachelor’s degree and to gain technical/work experience. Current research projects being conducted by students are diverse, ranging from ecotoxicology to water and soil quality, and bioenergy. Two 4-acre plots of land (in addition to on-farm) are used for research and include switchgrass, bio-sorghum and conservation tillage practices. The STEM grant provides funding for equipment and the necessary consumables to ensure that SCCC is at the cutting edge of sustainability and ultimately student success.
How partnerships create great learning in (and out of) the classroom
Jeffrey Stevens - Associate Professor, Alfred State
Five years ago, Alfred State and BP agreed to work together to offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience assisting in groundwater remediation for a local treatment site. Together, they have breached the barriers of their two worlds to not only complete the project but to further engage students from multiple fields of studies and academic levels to continue to learn from the work. This report will share the challenges both groups faced in working together, as well as the common ground they identified to build a successful working relationship. You will see photo reports of student engagement and work and how two very different institutions worked together to strengthen the educational experience of students for years to come.
R&D in energy reduction at Corning
Dawne Moffatt-Fairbanks - Research Director, Inorganic Process Innovation, Corning
As part of the Global Energy Management initiative, Corning’s Science & Technology Division has developed a strategy for building a “Sustainable Technology Community.” This presentation will highlight the various activities and initiatives that are underway in the Research and Development community to increase awareness of the importance of sustainability and energy consumption on the campus and to help drive innovation in the areas of manufacturing processes and new products.
Reaping What You Sow: Leading Community College Students to Success
Donald Hayes - Biology Professor, Seward County Community College
Get your hands dirty! Planting the seeds and harvesting the crop necessary for Institution, Administration, Industry, Faculty, and Student Buy-in to an Undergraduate Research Program. Receiving and implementing a STEM Grant in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Research. Southwest Kansas students are researching environmental implications of tomorrow’s agriculture. Presenter will discuss the acquisition and implementation of a $4.1 Million STEM Grant in Sustainable Agriculture. Developing a Sustainable Agriculture Program that includes an associate degree, cooperative effort of 4-yr transfer institutions, administration, industry stakeholders, faculty and students will be described. Research opportunities include greenhouse, on-campus acreage, and local landowner test plots as hands-on application of learned techniques. Our Sustainable Agriculture Program will allow students to enter the workforce as intelligent, environmentally conscious individuals and/or transfer to 4-year partner institutions. Presenter will display and discuss student research techniques, advancements, equipment, data, and future applications. Environmental changes require sustainable agricultural practices to be developed and applied to current and future crops throughout the world. Students develop theory and practical application to promote a diverse and sustainable crop production. All background of Grant development, challenges and issues faced and addressed, and future implementation of Grant resources and student research opportunities will be discussed. Managing budgets, methods of developing community and industry interest as stakeholders, and recruiting and retaining students will be discussed.
Creating A Campus-wide Sustainability Plan
Evadne Giannini - Principal, Hospitality Green
Michael Fisher – Professor and Chair, Division of Professional Studies, SUNY Sullivan
In 2009, SUNY Sullivan adopted a mission statement to orient the campus to a vision of sustainability in all areas. The mission of Sullivan County Community College is to provide programs and resources that educate, inspire, and empower its students and the broader community. To prepare students for an increasingly diverse, dynamic, and interconnected world, the college will model sustainable actions and promote socially and environmentally responsible citizenship. To implement the mission statement, the position of Director of Sustainability was created and Hospitality Green, a consulting firm specializing in sustainability programs for business was engage to assist in the creation of a sustainability plan. This session will detail the process of creating the plan, highlight the major features and describe the pleasures and pains of implementation.
Family Farm, Family Cow and Beyond
Hubert Karreman, DVM - Staff Veterinarian, Organic Valley Cooperative
Dr. Karreman is an internationally recognized expert in the non-antibiotic treatment of infectious disease and enjoys interacting with medical doctors and veterinary researchers in developing hyper-immune plasma, hyper-immune colostrum and botanical treatments. He has given numerous invited talks about natural cattle care to farmers, veterinary associations and veterinary schools in the US, Canada, Holland and South Korea. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Karreman has participated in far reaching policy groups such as the USDA National Organic Standards Board, and AVMA Taskforce for Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine. He has also written two books, "Treating Dairy Cows Naturally: Thoughts and Strategies" and "The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally." Dr. Karreman will talk about dairy production practices and various aspects of sustainability.
Mapping Campus-Community Partnerships with GPS Tools
William Schumann, Director of the Allegheny Institute for Natural History, Behavioral and Social Science Division, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
This panel will present on strategies to develop university research partnerships with capacity-ready communities to build a digital infrastructure of community-based interactive trail maps, which would be accessible via smart phone applications. The basic methodology is:
- Use hand-held GPS devices to create digital trail maps embedded into open source map software.
- Use hand-held GPS devices to mark specific trail coordinates along the digital trails, such as the location of plant species, waterways, places of cultural significance, or local businesses.
- Collect interview, field guide, and archival data related to each coordinate in collaboration with local civic and governmental organizations, which would be packaged and uploaded as combinations of coordinate-specific photographs, maps, textual descriptions, and audio/video files.
- Store the value-added digital maps on the servers of regional tourism authorities, which can be downloaded by users as a self-guided, interactive trail map via a smart phone application.
- Create separate, place-specific K-12 lesson plans using the same mapping process, which meet STEM learning standards.
- Build online, multi-modal tutorial assets that enable communities to create their own trails or maintain and expand trails created through University-community partnerships; build parallel assets to assist school groups in utilizing the digital lesson plans.
The goal of the project is create a marketable network of low-cost, low maintenance developmental, educational, and public health assets that help to sustain rural communities while training students for future careers. The basic organizational structure of the project centers on encouraging faculty to contribute a portion of learning time in relevant courses to the development of sub-sections of the project. Presenters will also discuss strategies for creating tools that enable the replication of the project by other universities.
Real-Life Design Project Approach to Teaching Renewable Energy
Elena Brewer – Instructor, Electrical Engineering Technology, Erie Community College
During the last couple of years, the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) Department of Erie Community College has being steadily developing course offerings in the field of renewable energy technology. The overview course in Renewable Energy and the course in Photovoltaic Systems with a corresponding lab component have been developed and ran from 2010 to 2012. A course in Wind Power was recently developed and approved, and will run for the first time during the Spring semester of 2013. The current course in Photovoltaic Systems provides students with a solid background in the design and operation of photovoltaic (PV) modules, inverters, batteries, charge controllers and balance of system components (BOS). As a part of the course, students perform sizing calculations and system design for a hypothetical PV system. The department wants to take it a step further by offering students a real life experience in sizing, designing and installing a viable renewable energy system. The EET department presently has a need for an off-grid power system to power lights and power tools for the college’s overhead construction and climbing facility. Several student design groups will compete for the best design of the system within current specifications such as energy audit, already available equipment, and funding limitations for the additional equipment. Students will be able to document their work on the project for future industry certifications. The department already has an assortment of PV modules, a wind turbine with a charge controller, and equipment for the industry standard shading analysis with corresponding software. The combination of departmental budget, multidisciplinary college funds, and possible ETD mini-grant funding will be used to purchase the loads, inverter, battery bank, battery boxes, disconnects, and other BOS components. The installed system will continue to be used in various ECC courses for off-grid PV/wind data acquisition and data analysis as well as for actual power output. It will also serve as a “show-case” item for attracting potential students to the STEM related professions. The potential future college/community projects are identified to keep the project-based approach sustainable. Some of the examples include building a solar-powered go-cart and EV charging station for ECC employees. In the future, the department is planning to solicit input from the community on potential renewable projects in PV, wind, and hybrid systems.
High Performance in Renovation: Allied Health Renovation
David J. Meyer - Partner, Pathfinder Engineers & Architects, LLP
The $15 million renovation of Physical and Health Sciences, a science building at Alfred State, is creating a ”state of the art” teaching laboratory facility with world- class academic technology – with the objective of LEED® Gold and possibly LEED Platinum Certification under LEED 2009. This presentation focuses on the design process, goal setting and integration of the building systems and reviews high performance hybrid HVAC systems, energy modeling as a design tool, advanced lighting, integrated photovoltaic arrays, building envelope improvements, energy management and sub-metering. The unique challenges and lessons learned for a renovation in the center of campus will be reviewed, including aesthetic improvements, GSHP well field siting, decentralized boilers, renovation of 24/7 campus data center with no disruption.
Enabling Students to Advance Sustainability by Developing Corporate Sustainability Plans & Metrics
Steven Barber - Adjunct Professor, Business Department, Alfred State
Providing undergraduate business students with the fundamental skills required to conduct original research related to the creation and implementation of comprehensive, yet practical, corporate sustainability plans and metrics for real-life businesses will enable these future leaders to develop the insight to overcome the key challenges when balancing traditional business customs with more forward-thinking sustainable practices. In developing this understanding, emphasis should be placed on learning how to think and act like a corporate sustainability consultant through classroom presentations, discussions, team problem solving, and analysis of real-life sustainability practices within a diverse range of local and non-local entities and industries. By then acting as ‘pro-bono’ corporate sustainability consultants to an entity of their choosing, students experientially synthesize their understanding by developing, composing and presenting a comprehensive corporate sustainability plan and associated set of unique metrics.
Biomass Energy plus Sustainable Technologies equals Science Engineering and Education (BEST=SE²)
Klaus Doelle - Assistant Professor, Paper & Bioprocess Engineering, Division of Environmental Science, SUNY-ESF
The presentation will introduce, review and assess a voluntary STEM Approach between the State University of New York (SUNY), College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the East Syracuse Minoa School District (ESM), and the Village of Minoa. The Voluntary Stem Approach integrates high school students, undergraduate and graduate students at the Village of Minoa’ Cleanwater Educational Research Facility (CERF). The project initiative demonstrates a broad linkage between research, education and the general public by utilizing municipal challenges related to cost, energy and waste management. It synthesizes science into an understandable format for the general public, high schools, undergraduate and graduate level education and can serve as a role model for others. In addition the current voluntary approach has great utility in the developing world where energy and waste management challenges are even more serious and widespread.
Kickstarting an energy management career path – the CUNY Building Performance Lab’s Energy Bootcamp
Daniella Leifer - Manager, Training & Compliance Programs, CUNY Building Performance Lab
The City University of New York’s Building Performance Lab (BPL) is a grant-supported applied research organization in the field of high-performance commercial buildings. This specialized niche requires well-trained talent, familiar with basic tenets of building science, energy management, and energy data analysis skills – and these topics are not necessarily ones that college students will be exposed to in an integrated way in their chosen degree programs. To recruit students into this field, and to provide them with a foundation of knowledge necessary to prepare for jobs in this growing industry, the BPL developed an intensive, 3-day “Energy Bootcamp”. The structure and contents of the BPL’s Bootcamp will be presented in detail, along with feedback/findings from the first year pilot.
Incorporating Students to Develop Solutions for Campus Sustainability Challenges
Austin Cheney - Associate Professor Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology, Alfred State
This presentation explains how three and four person students teams in a Manufacturing Management class investigated and developed recommendations to minimize and manage waste on campus. More than ten areas of waste management were identified and presented to students, some of which include: pre- and post-consumer food waste; residential, office, classroom, and public space recycling; student move-in and move-out waste reduction; electronics and battery recycling; and development of a campus recycling communication plan. In addition, student groups were given the opportunity to propose and get approval to investigate other areas to recommend waste reduction. A major concept in the Manufacturing Management class encompasses discussion of lean concepts, which are essentially aimed at reducing waste in manufacturing operations. Students are also provided with a number of tools for analyzing data and developing solutions to problems using a structured approach. Such problem solving tools include project management methods, Pareto charts, process flow charts, Ishikawa/fishbone diagrams, and various statistical analysis and charting methods to examine variables, such as scatter and run diagrams. While not directly related to manufacturing, the waste reduction projects provide an opportunity for students to become engaged in campus sustainability issues and exercise and further develop the skills they have acquired in the class. As the course is offered in the Spring, 2013 semester, the projects are currently being pursued. Thus, there are no specific conclusions that can be shared at the time this abstract is submitted. Student teams’ papers will have been submitted and evaluated, and teams will have presented projects and recommendations to campus officials prior to the presentation. In addition to the proposed technical presentation for the Alfred State Sustainability Conference, a summary paper will be written to detail findings of the effort.
Saturday, June 8
Master Planning Bath, N.Y.: Engaging Students to Help Create Sustainable Communities
William Dean - Professor, Architecture and Design, Alfred State
Alfred State is located in New York’s Southern Tier, home to one of the poorest counties in New York State. With county-wide populations typically fewer than 100,000 residents, communities tend to be very small with limited resources and part-time governments. Local municipalities are especially in need of assistance with respect to long-range planning to create visions for future sustainable development and obtain grant funding for projects ranging from façade improvements to large-scale infrastructure repair and replacement. During the Fall 2012 semester, faculty teaching Design Studio 5: Urban Design assigned senior Architectural Technology students the Village of Bath, N.Y., in nearby Steuben County, as the subject for the semester’s Master Planning project. Students began the project by meeting with village officials to identify sites within the community that are underutilized, have future development potential, or are being promoted for future development, and researching and documenting Bath’s downtown area. Working individually and in small groups within their studios, students then completed a site analysis report, reviewed the village’s Comprehensive Plan, and worked with residents to generate conceptual ideas for revitalizing the village in a community design charette. At the same time, a Technology Management student under the direction of faculty in the Business Department spoke with stake holders to help them articulate and clarify the community's identity in order to promote it as a place to move to, start a business in, or to visit as a tourist/consumer. Each studio then compiled the information generated during the charette into a series of three conceptual master plans focused on preserving the historic fabric of Bath and developing a positive vision for sustainable growth and development three, five and ten years into the future. The three master plans included action items for implementation and were presented publicly by the students to a local community group along with the village’s mayor and several design professionals. The result of the student’s work was then re-presented at a regional conference in Washington, D.C., exhibited at the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, and shared with a wider audience of interested community residents. The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss the Master Planning: Bath, New York project in terms of challenges that have been encountered, opportunities for student engagement and leadership, and the possibilities for sustainable community development that might result from the student work. Due to the fact that this is an ongoing project, next steps in working with village officials and local community groups in the Village of Bath will also be discussed.
The Living Learning Environment; Using Sustainable Facilities as a Teaching Laboratory
Blaine Grindle - Director of Engineering Services, Facilities, Monroe Community College
This presentation will discuss the partnership at Monroe Community College between the Facilities Department and the Education Department that has developed to enhance the teaching of sustainable principles and construction techniques. The Growth of Sustainability education at Monroe Community College has been fueled in part by the construction and renovation of campus buildings. Facilities professionals have had to become well versed in the sustainable technologies, LEED requirements, and new ideas to encourage student participation in sustainability initiatives. With the advent of LEED certified buildings on campus, an opportunity presented itself to use those buildings as teaching tools in the classroom for technical education classes, environmental classes, and the new sustainability curriculum. MCC has reached out beyond the college and offered the same tours to vocational education students in the high schools, adult night classes, and local consulting organizations. As Director of Facilities Engineering, and an adjunct instructor, I have offered various departments the opportunity for tours and lectures on sustainability topics as they relate to the built environment. Over the past several years I have been able to give lectures on several topics including; the operation and environmental effects of our cogeneration plant, the sustainable features built into three of our LEED certified buildings, the energy savings from installed heat recovery devices, the results of our greenhouse gas inventory and the operation of our building automation systems. The lectures have been presented to students in our HVAC program, Biology department, and the Sustainability curriculum. In addition, we have supported many student projects that studied or explored various technologies that interested them and invited classes on tours during construction. This presentation will focus on areas of interest to educators and students and how facilities can be used to illustrate the lessons.
- Included will be real life examples that can be replicated on other campuses such as:
- The findings of the greenhouse gas inventory, the Climate Action Plan and our commitment to the President’s Climate Commitment are explained to students in a way that they can relate to the challenges of meeting it
- How we have ramped up the recycling of construction materials and the use of recycled products to gain LEED points
- How demonstrating the building management system to students saves the college money
- The decisions made and the resulting benefits of installing a Combined Heat and Power plant to replace a coal fired steam plant and a tour of the facility to learn how electricity is made and how much is consumed
- Tours of 50 year old HVAC equipment and the comparison to the new HVAC equipment recently installed to point out the differences in technology and efficiency
- Tours of the LEED gold buildings and their sustainable features including daylight features, the green wall, water and energy saving improvements
Collaboration between Facilities Management and the Academic Departments can be beneficial to both and can lead to a better understanding of the complexities both deal with.
Designing Multicraft Energy Programs
Dave Thompson - Division Chair, Science and Technology, West Virginia University at Parkersburg
While the fields of energy and sustainability careers are expanding, there seems to be a limited number of jobs immediately available in these occupations in many locations across the US. You will find that many common competencies among energy-related professions and other in-demand crafts that can be used to construct a multiple-disciplined program for producing marketable graduates. Examine how solar PV, solar thermal, energy assessment, and energy management training programs can also house certifications in residential and commercial electricity, HVAC/R and other profitable crafts to better ensure graduates widened employment opportunities.
Engineering Ethics and Sustainability
George Catalano – Professor, Bioengineering, Binghamton University
The tragedy of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 has served as the catalyst for my re-examination of the ethics of the engineering profession. Rather than being an isolated and extremely rare occurrence is repeated time and time again throughout the world. Many different disciplines in engineering play an important role in the exploration, drilling, removal and transport of oil as is true in nearly all the technologies we use and often take for granted in our modern world. So while the oil spill triggered this re-examination, issue of ethical responsibility in engineering is much greater than just this one industry. Engineering is a profession with an ethical dimension and has help propel technical advancements across the planet. Technology, science and engineering are advancing at incredible rates. With these mind-boggling advances, it is now an appropriate time to ask the following question: Has our understanding of our ethical responsibilities both as a profession and as individual practitioners kept pace with those advancements? I suggest that it has not, and as a result, offer a new engineering ethic. The new ethic will integrate new understandings of the workings of the Universe from such disparate fields as quantum mechanics and eco-philosophy. In addition, ideas from the emerging science of complex systems will be incorporated as well. From quantum mechanics we shall use the notions of potentialities, uncertainty, connectedness and the importance of experience. From eco-philosophy, we shall utilize the idea of the evolving, dynamic Universe and the important laws of differentiation, communion and subjectivity. Lastly from complex system science, we shall incorporate the concept of non-linearity, self-organization and emergence.
Respecting World View In Student Home Energy Assessments
Michael Whelton, Research Associate, Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State
The world view of an individual is a product of past experiences and social networks, and is shaped over time. While differences in world view are well understood to shape the values and priorities of individuals on many issues, considerations for world view are rarely integrated into the marketing and business development strategies in energy efficiency. Recent research efforts, such as the Six America’s of Global Warming and the marketing research of the Shelton Group have begun to demystify the concept of world view and have also begun to inform efforts that seek to engage homeowners into energy efficiency programs targeting consumer behavior. This research presents an effort to integrate the concept of world view and hands-on experience in the assessment of world view into a student-led home energy assessment program called the National Energy Leadership Corps. Tools for introducing the concept of world view are described along with experimental techniques for integrating world view considerations into home energy assessment and reporting. The design of a unique database of energy efficiency measures (EEMs) that enables the custom presentation of EEM benefits based on world view is also presented. Results from student assessments and course evaluations which demonstrating the impact of world view literacy on student efficacy as leaders is described. The relationship of world view to energy efficiency and renewable energy business development are also discussed.
Building Smart – New Pathways to Careers in High Performance Building
George Berghorn – Dean, Technical Careers Division, Lansing Community College
Lisa Reed - Director of Career & Employment Services & Apprenticeships, Lansing Community College
The increased demand for high performance buildings, buildings with improved indoor environmental quality, and decreased consumption of energy and other resources, has created a need for appropriately-trained professionals. According to the Michigan Green Jobs Report, “retrofitting American cities requires not just ‘green construction workers,’ but rather workers with traditional construction skills who also have up-to-date training on energy efficient construction.” A hallmark of high performance buildings is their high degree of integration among building systems. The provision of this up-to-date training for workers with traditional construction skills means that students also need to develop knowledge of STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math, to be successful in the modern high performance building industry. Lansing Community College (LCC) has developed a unique approach to creating integrated careers and educational pathways in building science for students from high school through post-graduate levels. Through a National Science Foundation-funded project, LCC faculty and staff have fostered partnerships with educational institutions and industry leaders to construct a framework for delivering a 21st Century education in a field that is outpacing the development of new job descriptions, education, and training programs. LCC’s framework uses a pathway approach to addressing these challenges in four distinct educational/career areas: Sustainable Construction, Building Commissioning, Facility Management & Operations, and Building Automation Systems. Pathways have been developed through an iterative process consisting of the following steps:
- Forty-four job titles categorized into six areas were identified through a literature review including green jobs labor market reports, labor market projects, industry forecasts.
- A survey was issued to regional industry leaders representing the six areas identified above. Respondents were asked to determine their current use of these 44 job titles, their projected three-year demand, expected education levels for entry-level workers, certification requirements, and the job areas with the greatest unmet need.
- The survey results yielded 22 job descriptions for further study. A content analysis was performed on job descriptions provided by industry partners, including a delineation of reporting relationships among workers in various job types. This led to the a priori construction of pathways.
- Curriculum development was conducted using the DACUM method; however, as opposed to a traditional DACUM process where only one job description is analyzed, the project team simultaneously analyzed several jobs within the same pathway. This process led to the refinement of pathways boundaries in addition to the collection of DACUM-specific data.
- A key final component of this education is the creation of a capstone experience that enables students at each level of the pathway (e.g., high school, community college, college/university) to work on a culminating experience appropriate to their academic level and chosen pathway. These experience are being developed to include real-world events managed jointly by education and industry partners to ensure that students gain meaningful experience that is directly-related to achieving overall academic program objectives, meet industry expectations for job readiness skills, and have a tangible “work product” to show to future employers.
This presentation will elaborate on the pathway development process, provide details of the capstone experience, and share developed curriculum and frameworks with participants.
11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Adapting the innovation of information technology to construction education
David Goldsmith - Visiting Assistant Professor, Myers-Lawson School of Building Construction, Virginia Tech
Changes in the way the academy approached industry and innovation in information technology led directly to the communications and computer advances of the 1990s and 2000s. These changes were hallmarked by breakthroughs in technology itself but also in the way development approached things like user interface, manufacturing techniques, and industrial design. These areas are directly analogous to construction: design, labor, and materials. The construction and information technology industries represent similar slices of the nation’s GPD. Construction metabolizes more than thirty percent of energy and over forty percent of materials as well as representing one of the country’s largest industrial labor forces. Sustainability as imperative in construction is understood and has found wide acceptance, but sustainability as a goal needs to radically reshape construction education to change the way construction problems are understood and addressed. The same techniques and processes that led to such rapid development in information technology can similarly be applied to design and construction. The huge impact construction has on the life of the United States is grossly underrepresented in higher education. Close ties to a highly regulated and standardized industry and long traditions have left broad space for innovation in all aspects of construction research and teaching. Incorporating fundamental values like interdisciplinarity, sustainability, and systemic thinking into a program that encourages and facilitates innovation will rapidly grow solutions to a range of problems in the built environment. At Virginia Tech we are developing methods and resources that will allow for experimentation in applying this approach to innovation and refine it to produce results that would be difficult under conventional methods. This presentation explores the methods of information technology innovation as developed at MIT’s Media Lab and its offshoots, examines how they have been adapted in programs such as Stanford’s d.School, and discusses plans to implement similar approaches aimed at facilitating innovation in construction at Virginia Tech.
Value of the New ACS Climate Change Toolkit for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Laboratory Technology Students
Annemarie Ross - Assistant Professor, Science and Mathematics, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology
Students in the Laboratory Science Technology program (LST), a technical education program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT), have demonstrated enhanced understanding of climate change-related concepts after utilization of materials from the new American Chemical Society (ACS) Climate Change Toolkit. The ACS Climate Change Toolkit is a website-based collection of materials that was developed to help improve general awareness and understanding of climate change concepts for the general community. After incorporating the Toolkit media into some of the LST program’s technical coursework, assessments of students’ pre- and post-utilization understanding of climate change showed improved comprehension.