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CORNELL UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

NEWSLETTER SPRING ‘14

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND JOIN US!

Celebrate Reunion with CUSD on June 7, 2014 with a special CUSD tour of new construction on campus as well as CUSD student-led projects! The tour will leave from Milstein Hall at 3:30 pm. The tour will last approximately an hour, ending at Carpenter Terrace on the Engineering Quad for Cornell Dairy ice cream!! If you cannot make the tour, please feel free to still join us for the ice cream around 5 pm. For more information please visit the official Cornell Reunion website http://alumni.cornell.edu/reunion/

INTRODUCTION In 2010, a group of ten students who were competing in the Solar Decathlon decided to expand their efforts beyond building solar-powered homes. This group of architects, engineers, and student leaders were curious about all the aspects of sustainability: economic impacts, social interactions, and resource conservation to name a few. After carefully considering how to shift the sustainability research paradigm, Solar Decathlon Team became

CORNELL NYCTECH Since last semester, the CornellTech Initiatives team has made a good amount of progress on its wind, geothermal, and LEED ND tasks. The geothermal team is working on developing more in-depth and accurate models to predict the feasibility of a system that utilizes the fractures in the geology of Roosevelt Island. The wind team is wrapping up their one year study of wind potential on the campus as well as evaluating two different locations in Ithaca to move the LiDAR to now that it’s completed. LEED ND is working on filling out the required forms for certification and getting the full LEED experience.

Cornell University Sustainable Design. CUSD research paradigm, Solar Decathlon Team became Cornell University Sustainable Design. CUSD started with two ambitious projects: the develoment of a Sustainability Research Facility on Cornell’s campus, and the Schoolhouse: South Africa project. Since then, we developed multiple programs addressing the various facets of sustainability.


NEWSLETTER RE-INNOVATIONS

Re-Innovations is a collection of teams working directly on the Ithaca campus in effort to turn Cornell green. These teams are looking for innovative ways to reduce power and influence renewable production throughout campus renovations and re-planning. The Upson HVAC Occupancy Sensors project has had a successful semester in creating a novel office occupancy system which will serve to reduce heating loads by preemptively scheduling HVAC operation according to occupant arrival and departure – thereby reducing costs for excess heat. Another great project, the Rice Hall Net Zero energy analysis, has been working tirelessly to redefine how a historically recognized building can operate with present energy expectations. Working in conjunction with several Cornell facility members they have developed a master-list of potential geothermal and solar applications, as well as changes

BEEBE LAKE REDEVELOPMENT

This semester, the Beebe Lake team has worked with several stakeholders on Cornell’s campus to advance our building design and ensure its feasibility. Our five interdisciplinary teams this semester are design, geotechnical/structural, technology integration, cost analysis, and logistics. Our design team has expanded upon last year’s design to enhance its lodge feel while our structural and tech teams have consulted several local professionals to confirm

to the window, insulation, HVAC, and behavioral interaction, to turn historic Rice Hall into the first Net-Zero building at Cornell. Other exciting projects include the Solar Master Plan and Green Building Metrics. Overall, Re-Innovations looks forward to learning more about the buildings on campus, and working to lend a helping-hand in re-inventing each.

their research and suggestions to our stakeholders, Cornell Outdoor Education, Cornell Plantations, and Cornell Outing Club. With the help of Cornell Student and Academic Services, our project is now on the capital plan! The Beebe Lake team looks for ward to sharing our new design and project details with the Cornell Community as well as with alumni during Cornell’s sesquicentennial celebrations!


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FARM POND CIRCLE

The Farm Pond Circle project is a collaboration of CUSD students and a local development company Community Building Works to design and construct a sustainable and affordable residential community in Lansing, NY. Our student members have been working hard to put the finishing touches on our design, using straw bale construction methods, energy efficient heating systems, locally sourced materials, solar panels, and more. In addition to our own design, we have also been working as design consultants with a local family that wants to construct a net zero water and net zero energy home on a lot close to our project. FPC aims to raise awareness of environ-

mental issues in residential development by making household sustainability affordable and accessible.

CENTRE D’EDUCATION INCLUSIF After a semester of design research and collaborating with the sophomore architecture studio, the Centre d’éducation Inclusif (CEI) team will be working this summer from Haiti to finalize a comprehensive design for a school building in Petit Goave, Haiti. The school will focus on local engagement - for social and economic sustainability - and numerous environmental intricacies to create an inclusive learning atmosphere for primary school students with and without disabilities - unprecedented in the country. Our CUSD design team will continue to work in partnership with

two other Cornell-accredited courses on campus through Education and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) to formalize an inclusive education curriculum and organizational partnership strategies. The next steps will be to take one design from the architecture studio; add in sustainable design elements including passive ventilation and natural daylighting, rainwater caption, landscaping, composting toilets, and solar photovoltaics; and fundraise for the project to break ground in January 2015. We invite you to join us in our passionate endeavor!

INFRASTRUCTURE CUSD’s support structures have been formalized into teams for three semesters now and they continue to impress with new firsts. Broken up into Marketing/Communications, People Development, Outreach, and Alumni Relations, these CUSD stu

dents have each added new things to the CUSD experience. At the end of this semester, MarComm will be releasing CUSD’s first ever unified press pack! People Development will have hosted both the first CUSD Collabothon (an event combining inter-project critiques as well as student-led workshops) as well as the first CUSD Gala honoring advisors and graduating members. Our Outreach team has successfully reinstated the age-old Outreach requirement and connected CUSD students with a variety of organizations, speakers and events. Lastly, Alumni Relations is releasing its second newsletter, and organized two tours of major NYC architecture/engineering firms through our lovely alumni Daniel Lu and Chi-chi Lin respectively. Thanks so much guys!


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THANK YOU,

DONORS ALUMNI

MICHAEL SCHOENFIELD BERNARDO MENEZES

NEW GRADUATES

REBECCA DUGAL AYLIN GUCALP KAI KEANE SEBASTIEN LACHANCE-BARRETT JARED LANDSMAN SARAH LEVINE JESSE MCELWAIN LEAH MEYERHOLTZ JOE NELSON EMILY SCHUIT ELLIOT SPERLING NAOMI WEISZ

AN ENORMOUS THANK YOU TO CHI-CHI LIN AT BJARKE INGLES GROUP (BIG) AND DANIEL LU AT WISS JANNEY ELSTNER (WJE) FOR THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF CUSD. THESE TWO OUTSTANDING ALUMNI ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING TWO AMAZING TOURS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE COMPANIES FOR OUR CURRENT MEMBERS. THANK YOU!

CUSD Newsletter Spring 2014  

A look at CUSD's activities over the course of the last semester.

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