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Practice : Winter 2009
BAC's Longstanding Commitment to Campus Sustainability We exemplify an institutional culture that acknowledges that sustainability is rooted in social, economic, and environmental justice. It's only natural that a college leading the way in sustainable design education online and in the nation's foremost certi cate program should "walk the walk." e Boston Architectural College has begun to articulate a more formal and more public commitment to sustainability. Hired under the supervision of the Director of Facilities, Art Byers, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to research the subject of sustainability, interview members of the BAC community, and write the rst draft of the BAC's Sustainable Campus Initiative. is fall, this document was handed over to a newly formed Sustainability Council---self-selected members of the BAC community who are interested in working together interdepart- mentally. eir mission will be to establish a cohesive and integrated plan of sustainability at the BAC by recommending and imple- menting changes to policy at all levels. What is sustainability? Having already taken two of the online Sustainable Design classes, I understood that sustainability encompasses more than recycling, replacing my light bulbs with CFLs and using my own bag at the organic grocery store. Still, I was far from a complete understanding of what it meant to live in a sustainable manner. Delving into the meaning of sustainability, two common ideas consistently appeared to me: e rst notion is that sustainability requires incorporating a long-term view into our decision-making; we must consider the impact of our choices on future generations of living creatures. e second idea is that sustainability demands taking into account a universal view of life---we must bear in mind the consequences of our choices on ecological systems, on social justice, and on economic welfare. Primed with a working de nition of sustainability, I began to understand that we do not yet know what a picture of sustainable living looks like in all its complexity. It certainly does not mean that we return to a way of living that deprives us of the conveniences, bene ts and pleasures of living in a modern society--- that would be unrealistic. Instead, sustainability suggests the pressing need to examine all aspects and consequential results of modern living, then to devise ways of maintaining human activity that, at the least, have no impact on the environment and, at best, harmonize with and enrich our natural world. According to scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental impacts of our current choices have resulted in global warming (the most urgent negative e ect to address), acid rain, water pollution, poor indoor air quality, habitat alteration, ambient air pollution, ecological toxicity, damaged human health, ozone depletion, and smog--- all of which lead to an environment, a planet, that ultimately cannot maintain life. We understand that our current choices are not sustainable and moreover, we know that to continue to choose as we have is negligent. So, what do we do? Individuals, institutions, corporations and governments world-wide are asking this question as well. At the BAC, I believe we start by acknowl- edging the e orts of many farsighted individuals already guided by environmental respect in their work at the BAC. On our urban campus: Newbury, Boylston, which we own; the th and th oors of Massachusetts Avenue, the nd oor of Newbury Street and Boylston, which we rent, many examples of maintenance, upgrading and renovation exemplify sustainable thinking in practice, and two academic programs rooted in sustainability testify to the beginning of our philosophical shift in design education. In Boylston, open as of September , we preser ved and reused the shell of an Arthur Vinal building. rough historic preservation, we recognize not only the building's historical signi cance but also the fact that the materials and stored energy of those materials have value. On the interior, we have reused light xtures and recycled much construction debris. A new high- e ciency HVAC system is in place that can be retro tted for a geothermal-powered system in the future. Daylighting and occupancy sensors will keep the e cient lighting system o when it is not needed. Low volatile organic compound paints throughout the building will emit fewer health-endangering toxins into the indoor air. e building is furnished with refurbished furniture upholstered with environmentally friendly fabrics. e restrooms, in BAC buildings, are tted with low- ow toilets and sinks, waterless urinals and occupancy sensors. Recycled carpet squares are used in areas requiring carpet; otherwise, the hardwood oors are kept intact. During the last phase of the renovation, the BAC will repoint and clean the exterior brick, install new insulating double-paned windows NEWSWORTHY ] CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY Amy Jamison, BAC Student, M.Arch PRACTICE 8