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Sustainability Spotlight August 2013

University Construction Takes a Sustainable Approach By Alli Gerth, Planning/Landscape Architecture Assistant, Office of Design and Construction Management The University of Kansas is continuously working to improve its stewardship through the inclusion of sustainable elements when designing and constructing new campus projects. If you have been around campus this summer, you have probably seen a few of these projects underway. Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction Phase 1: Chi-Omega Fountain to Poplar Lane Phase 1 reconstruction of the boulevard is nearly complete and will be ready to open by August 12. This project included repair to the underground infrastructure and repaving of the street using concrete instead of asphalt. The concrete will be able to support the frequent heavy bus traffic, require much fewer repairs, and last longer that asphalt paving. New campus standard LED lighting has now replaced the old lights along the boulevard, reducing




50% for the stretch of phase 1. When


weather this




boulevard will be replanted


trees lining each side to restore the historic


To help increase the longevity and growth





Graphic by Jeffery L. Bruce & Co. Landscape Architects Image Illustrates planned tree canopy replanting. Tree species vary to prevent a monoculture and discourage major tree loss from potential disease.

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Sustainability Spotlight August 2013 such as manufactured structural soil and root paths have been included. Once the trees mature, pedestrians will again be able to walk the length of Jayhawk Boulevard with this welcome protection from the hot summer sun. This fall, design will



Phase 2 Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction (from Poplar Lane to









LED lighting, and tree


installations used in phase 1, phase 2 will evaluate the use Graphic by Jeffery L. Bruce & Co. Landscape Architects Illustrates concept for underground stormwater retention & treatment.


underground bioretention


The underground retention basins will help provide a water source for the new plantings, while also filtering and slowing stormwater runoff.

Lot 54 Reconstruction: Sustainable Parking Lot Project The June issue of “Sustainability Spotlight� discussed much of the Lot 54 sustainable reconstruction. Sustainability components for Lot 54 include: installing pervious pavement in the parking stalls, creating bioswales and underground retention basins, planting new shade trees, and installing a small demonstration rain garden. The lot is schedule to be complete by the end of September. The University is actively exploring ways of incorporating features such as native and climate appropriate vegetation, raingardens, stormwater management and LED lighting as opportunities arise in design and construction projects across campus. Through ongoing efforts, KU is moving toward a more sustainable future with consideration for the long term benefits of sustainable design.

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Sustainability Spotlight August 2013

EcoHawks Move Into New Studio 804 Building By Kari Cantarero, Center for Sustainability This fall EcoHawks, a KU School of Engineering student research program, will reside in a new research and teaching facility on West Campus. The building, designed and constructed by the School of Architecture, Design and Planning’s Studio 804 course, has taken into account the function of the EcoHawks program to provide an innovative and sustainable workspace that is reflective of the EcoHawks mission. EcoHawks is a student research program of the KU School of Engineering that allows students to focus on sustainable energy research and design. In 2008, students of the program converted a 1974 Volkswagen into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Focus has since expanded into other technologies, including biofuels, photovoltaic and shrouded wind turbine research. The group was previously housed in a barn on West Campus. The new EcoHawk’s facility will allow students to conduct their research in a space that meets the needs of their work while showcasing their research to the public. The building contains two indoor areas complete with computer workstations, and an outdoor, open-air mechanical research yard that includes a ground floor concrete sab deck and an upper level constructed of galvanized steel grating to support photovoltaic research. The building also houses an electric charging station, low flow and efficient plumbing fixtures and LED lights throughout the building. Beyond workspace, the building offers showers for those who bike to the building and storage lockers for undergraduate and graduate students of the program. To manage the sun’s heat impact on the building, a series of translucent panels have been installed on a garage door track to allow sunlight in while blocking the sun’s heat.

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Sustainability Spotlight August 2013

ROCK CHALK RECYCLE TO LAUNCH THIS FALL Kansas Athletics, in partnership with KU Recycling, is helping to launch the Rock Chalk Recycle wastediversion program this fall at all KU home athletics events. The waste diversion effort will include recycling and composting inside and outside all sports complexes, including Memorial Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse. "The University of Kansas is committed to sustainability on a regional and global scale,” University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.

“Rock Chalk

Recycle will be a major part of our broader initiative to engage the entire KU community in building sustainable traditions that benefit our planet, our economy and our health and well-being." In recent years Kansas Athletics and various student and community groups have coordinated smaller-scale efforts to recycle in tailgating areas during home football games. Those organizations included KU Recycling, student organizations including KU Environs, and Recycle & Blue KU, as well as Cans for the Community, a local nonprofit organization that donates proceeds from aluminum cans to other local organizations.

While fans eagerly supported these efforts, the

organizations expressed a desire for a more centralized, expansive program in and around the stadium. Rock Chalk Recycle will accept plastic, glass, aluminum and cardboard materials, as well as compostable items, both inside the stadium and at select locations on the Hill. “We all have a responsibility to maintain our environment and Kansas Athletics is proud to lead this effort on the KU campus,” said Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger. With football season on the horizon, tailgaters and fans should look for waste stations with color-coded bags: blue for recycling, green for compost and grey for waste destined for the landfill. Tailgaters should be prepared to put their recyclables in blue bags that waste ambassadors will distribute throughout the major tailgating areas surrounding the stadium. Rock Chalk Recycle will have similar waste stations and waste ambassadors at soccer and volleyball matches for this fall. KU Recycling will be recording weights for trash, recycling and composting after each game to track progress throughout the season. Diversion rates for events will be posted online and be compiled at the end of the year. Kansas Athletics will provide funding for the program, including a majority of the bins, liners for the bins, gear for the ambassadors and signage.

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Sustainability Spotlight August 2013 ROCK CHALK RECYCLE, cont’d

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Rock Chalk Recycle will require large numbers of

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volunteers to ensure the program’s success. Cans for the Community, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and other student organizations have committed volunteers to the new Rock Chalk Recycle program, but additional volunteers are needed to staff waste stations and assist patrons with sorting. To become a volunteer, please



visit for more information.

8/24 Gardening 102 Class 9:00 AM—12:00 PM Douglas County Fair Grounds 9/7 Volunteers Needed: Recycling at KU Football 2:30 PM—9:30 PM (two shifts) Memorial Stadium Contact to help.

KU Recycling is a program of the Center for Sustainability,





promotes a culture of sustainability at the University of Kansas in order to protect natural ecosystems, create economic prosperity and treat all people with equality and respect. The Center works across campus to support sustainable practices in operations, education, research, and campus life. services

KU Recycling provides recycling





including administrative and student athlete areas in Kansas Athletics facilities.

The City of Lawrence looking for volunteers to conduct bicycle and pedestrian counts during the month of September. Volunteers will need to attend a mandatory training session on August 26th or 29th. Counts will be conducted September 11th & 12th from 10 a.m.—12 p.m. and 5 p.m.—7 p.m. and also on September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 12 p.m.—2 p.m. For more information visit

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

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KU RECYCLING SORTING GUIDELINES August 2013 KU Recycling collects the following materials at most locations.



Includes: White Paper Pastel Colored Paper Brochures Stapled Books Envelopes Manila File Folders Junk Mail Greeting Cards Heavy Weight Paper

Does Not Include: Newsprint Cardboard or Chipboard Paper or Styrofoam Cups Napkins of Tissues Food Contaminated Paper Magazines or Glossy Paper Books with Glued Binding Paper Bags

Includes: Aluminum cans ONLY

Steel or Tin Cans

STEEL CANS Includes: Steel (tin) cans ONLY

NEWSPAPER Includes: All Newsprint

Does Not Include: Magazines or Glossy Paper Phone Books or Catalogs

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD Includes: Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Corrugated Packaging

Does Not Include: Soiled Pizza Boxes Waxy Cardboard Any boxes that have food contamination

CHIPBOARD Includes: Other Paperboard Packaging

Does Not Include: Corrugated Cardboard

MAGAZINES Includes: Magazines Glossy Paper

Does Not Include: Aluminum Cans Bottles of any kind Sheet or Scrap Metal

TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES & CATALOGS Includes campus and municipal phone books and catalogs with similar construction (heavy-weight cover with newspaper-like pages)

Mixed Paper Grades of paper not listed above, including journals, hard-back books and glue-bound books should be recycled separately from other materials.

Shredded Paper Does Not Include: Junk Mail Phone Directories

#1— #7 PLASTICS Any #1-#7 plastic (salad bar take-out, plastic packaging etc)

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Does Not Include: Foil Food Wrappers

Bags of shredded paper should be tied shut to close bag completely. Do not put shredded overheads or any other type of plastics in with the shredded office pak. DO NOT put shredded paper in, or stack on top of or next to the regular recycling bins. Instead, contact KU Recycling for a special collection.

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