The College of Design's School of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture are participating in an interdisciplinary collaboration project -- the Zero+ Campus Design Project -- to integrate energy and environmental performance modeling. The goal of the project is to reduce long-term costs and align campus operations with the content of its teaching and research by developing campus design solutions that have a net-positive effect on the campus's energy use and storm water, while beautifying the campus.
Zero+ describes built environments that generate more energy than they use from on-site renewable sources.
"Universities, as research institutions and as long-term owners of property, have the opportunity -- and responsibility -- to explore new forms of sustainable practice," said Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture). "This project, which will link several disciplines and connect the academic and operational sides of the university, will show how campuses can become models of environmental stewardship."