Here you will find a series of journal entries that will explain and discuss information involving a broad outlook on sustainability also a more specific outlook on sustainability in the design industry. I will be expressing my thoughts on this topic, its related issues, and innovative ideas encouraging sustainable practices.
Sustainability is defined as:
The ability to maintain rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non- renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitelyhttp://thwink.org/sustain/glossary/Sustainability.htm
Sustainability at Sheridan College
Sheridan College has an intergrated energy and climate master plan which was developed in order to meet the following goals.
- Use at least 50% less source energy by 2020
- Create at least 60% fewer Greenhouse Gas emissions
- Generate an acceptable Internal Rate of Return on recommended investment
- Create a campus-wide energy culture
- Ensure energy supply reliability
- Be a platform for new energy and waste technologies
- Use Sheridan as a ‘living laboratory’ to develop competitive sustainability, energy and climate curricula
- Create a national and community role model with world-class energy performance
In 2014 Sheridan produced 1,105 tones of landfill waste, which costs about $137,000 in hauling fees. By reducing the landfill waste not only does Sheridan reduce its impact to the environment but also saves money for the college.
Sheridan also offers occasional repair cafes to students and faculty . At such event skilled fixers volunteer their time to repair any household items including anything from appliances, to electronics to clothing. The repair cafe aims to reduce waste sent to landfill and change society's throw-away mindset. For more information regarding sustainability at Sheridan click the following link.
Renewable Energy is defined as:
energy obtained from natural resources that can be naturally replenished or renewed within a human lifespan, that is, the resource is a sustainable source of energy.
The above Energy Star label is to help identify the best ways to save energy. The above label says this product, this home, this building or this factory is doing the right things to save. Below is a quick video explaining why Energy Star is a great example of providing sustainable energy efficiency.
CaGBC & LEED
CaGBC: The Canada Green Building Council
This council exists to accelerate the design and construction of green buildings across Canada. They are advocates of the approach in design that one day every Canadian will have environmentally responsible, economical profitable, and healthy places in which to live and work.
Their vision is a transformed built environment, leading to a sustainable future.
LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEED sets the standards and evaluates buildings that incorporate:
- Operational practices
LEED essentially provides the criteria and strategies to the design and build a profession to qualify for an environmental designation of certified silver, gold or platinum. LEED's standards influence how products are developed, manufactured, and marketed.
LEED in Oakville, Ontario
Currently in Oakville there are four LEED designed buildings including:
- Oakville Transit Facility; LEED Silver Certified
- North Operations Depot; awaiting certification
- Sixteen Mile Sports Complex; LEED Gold Certified
- Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre; LEED Silver Certified
- LEED Platnuim Academic Building
- Architects: Moriyama & Teshima Architects
- Opened September 2010
- Green Roofs
- Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
- Low-Flow Water Fixtures
- Recycled Building Materials
- Secure Bicycle storage Areas and Shower/Changeroom Facilities
- Daylight harvesting
Stormwater Retention and Bioremediation Pond—Surface water is filtered by an oil grit separator (OGS) to remove particulate, oils and heavy metals before being cleansed and oxygenated by the plant material and gravel in the bioremediation pond. Harvesting greywater for non-potable uses cuts the use of potable water for interior fixtures by 61% and irrigation by 100%. Stormwater run-off is maintained at the level prior to the development of the site.
Dual Duct Dedicated Outdoor Air VAV System—The HVAC system utilizes two parallel air distribution systems: one for outdoor fresh air only and one for heated and cooled air. This split system maintains a high level of indoor air quality and increases energy efficiency by providing heated or cooled air only when necessary.
deepen the connection between people and nature, and empower Canadians to take a hands-on approach to improve our urban environments, Evergreen works together to improve the health of our cities—now and for the future.
- 42,324+ native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers planted in parks and public spaces across Canada in 2013.
- Evergreen works with volunteers and community members to monitor and restore Metro Vancouver and Greater Toronto Area waterways. Together, we remove invasive plants, reintroduce native plants, monitor water quality and learn about the importance of our local streams.
- Building a more sustainable food system starts with restoring the connection between food producers and food consumers. We believe that promoting family farms and local producers can help preserve the health of our cities, the integrity of our environment and the strength of our communities.
Location: Santa Rosalia, Guatemala City
Architect: Paz Arquitectura
- Merges nature into the architecture, preserving existing trees, glass exterior walls, heat repelling foundation and sustainable materials
Urban sprawl is defined as:
the migration of a population from populated towns and cities to low density residential development over more and more rural land. The end result is the spreading of a city and its suburbs over more and more rural land. In other words, urban sprawl is defined as low density residential and commercial development on undeveloped land.
Causes of Urban Sprawl:
- Lower land rates
- Improved Infrastructure
- Rise in standard of living
- Lack of urban planning
- Lower house tax rates
- Rise in population growth
- Consumer preferences
Effects of Urban Sprawl:
- Increase in public expenditure
- Increased traffic
- Health issues
- Environmental issues
- Impact on social lives