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S U P M S CA DE N O I I T W ERA P O CHAPTER 2

University campuses are unique, and their designs and activities reflect specific institutional and community needs. However, most share similar challenges when trying to establish environmentally sustainable campus operations. Any university’s environmental performance is directly influenced by the interconnectivity between the physical environment, campus operations and organisational/community activities; thus, integrated strategies need to be developed. For example, sustainable landscape management may include planning for water conservation, biodiversity protection, and community-sensitive design that facilitates social engagement. The campus itself should be considered a classroom, with each element of its operations a lesson in how to live and work more sustainably. This could include placing energy/water dashboards in public areas that detail real-time consumption, producing regular formal reports that detail performance against goals, or establishing ‘sustainability in action’ designs for all new infrastructure (i.e., prominently displaying photovoltaic cells that generate renewable energy for buildings, or establishing campus landscape designs that highlight water conservation or biodiversity). Anonymous sustainability operations must also become a thing of the past and, whenever possible, new developments should make an organisational statement about sustainability, with visual cues reminding the community of the institution’s commitment.

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