Sustainability on Campus
In July 2010, a professional workshop organized by Dean of Engineering Nabil Grace was held in Israel. This workshop was the third in a series of international workshops on sustainable construction with recurring themes of the development of innovative materials, the efficient use of energy, and new construction approaches that will lead to more efficient and sustainable construction and reduced long-term costs. Read more here (back cover).
The Department of Civil Engineering has won $7,500 as one of five finalists in a national competition for connecting engineering practice and education. The competition was sponsored by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The Project E student capstone team developed plans for rehabilitating an abandoned market as an equestrian center for the Detroit Police Department. The Earth, Preservation, and Recovery (EPR) team proposed using a closed Detroit Public School building as a vocational school for urban farming and sustainable living skills. Read more here.
Faculty and students in the College of Engineering partner with DTE Energy to conduct tests on the bolier system at Cabrini Parish Schools in Allen Park to determine performance and energy savings of new equiptment. Read more here (pg. 23).
In February 2011, Lawrence tech held the seventh annual Seminard on Sustainability (SOS) conference. The seminars provided professionals an opportunity to obtain professinoal development credits to maintain licensures and certifications. A wide variety of topice were discussed such as green infrastructure, design considerations for sustainable sites, and a full demonstration site in Michigan that uses new sustainable solid waste technology to improve environmental protection. Read more here (pg. 19).
The college has an interdisciplinary design research lab, studio[Ci], on campus which focuses on sustainable urbanism and the creation of new zero energy communities. Read more here (pg. 10-11).
The library recycles all office paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, and cardboard through the campus recycling program. They donate unwanted books to a company that will reimburse the university when the books are sold. They also have a free table in the library where they put books for students to take and a spring used book sale.