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Practice : Winter 2009
NEWSWORTHY ] CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY speci cally designed to maintain the historic exterior, and put in a new roof. Newbury and our rental properties are consistently upgraded with energy-e cient xtures and environmentally respectful materials like those described above. Plans to replace the single-pane glass on two sides of the building with more energy conser ving fenestration are in the works. rough these examples, our buildings teach our students that renovation and environmental respect go hand in hand. " at's how we do it," says Art Byers, who manages all renovation and construction projects on campus. Looking into the future, the BAC's plans for a new Green Roof for Newbury Street, a new elevator to make the rooftop universally accessible, and a green alley between Newbury and Boylston that will extend from Hereford Street to the end of Boylston are projects on the forefront of sustainable design. e BAC Green Roof will absorb stormwater and use it as a heat sink for Newbury; it will replace some of the plant life lost to the footprint of the building; and it will provide a new, univer- sally accessible space for our community to connect with nature on the roof and to connect to the city of Boston all around. e BAC Green Alley, a permeable road surface, will replace the sealed asphalt paving allowing stormwater to ow into the Back Bay's groundwater system and permitting natural ltration to occur before stormwater enters the Charles River, an important step in keeping the water table of the Back Bay high and mitigating the negative e ects of stormwater run-o from Newbury. ese projects will showcase sustainable design for our students and community, and provide opportunities for outside benefactors to contribute to their realization. We are not starting from scratch---that is clear. However, to move ahead and make the dramatic changes needed, especially concern- ing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the Sustainability Council will think through the question of sustainability as a commu- nity, and together commit to a holistic and principled policy of decision-making. e BAC is philosophically and practically grounded in sustainability, an institution that grows and operates without harming our natural environment; we teach future designers that the only viable solutions to design problems are those in harmony with natural systems; we demon- strate a sustainable paradigm to the design community and society at large; and nally, we exemplify an institutional culture that acknowledges that sustainability is rooted in social, economic and environmental justice. Diagram by Amy Jamison BAC'S SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL WE WILL continue to examine our construction and renovation policies with the intention of further improving our commitment to mitigating our environmental impact during these activities; WE WILL examine electrical energy and natural gas consumption with the intention of benchmarking our carbon dioxide emissions and then reducing them until they are ultimately zero; WE WILL look into our water consumption and stormwater management to assess the impact of our behavior and our buildings' interaction on our water supply; WE WILL evaluate all aspects of our purchasing, applying a life-cycle assessment to every product we buy to understand all its environmental exchanges from the extraction of natural resources to make it until its disposal or recycle; WE WILL make eliminating solid waste our ultimate goal; WE WILL review our limited food service acknowledging the necessity of adequately nourishing our community; WE WILL measure the impact of transporting more than 1000 people weekly to and from our institution, to determine how we can provide incentives for our community to commute in an emissions-free manner; WE WILL investigate the "grounds" of our urban campus, looking for ways to enrich our natural world and thereby improve our air quality; finally, WE WILL continue to examine each course in the four degree areas to ensure that sustainability is embedded in our academic mission. PRACTICE 9