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Community Collaborations to Facilitate Applied Learning and Emissions Reductions Programs Kurt Teichert Lecturer L t i E in Environmental i t l St Studies di and d Manager of Environmental Stewardship Initiatives Center for Environmental Studies Brown University


• Groups of 3 • Introduce yourselves

• What is your experience with community-based projects and/or classes?

• What do you want to gain in terms of information and tools to support your work? Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown


Some Key Points from the Discussion

• Align goals and unify efforts so that different organizations and stakeholders are not competing i – for f example: l all ll organizations i i working toward a weatherization training program that involves all organizations cohesively • Filter out the “useful” useful from the “non non-useful useful” collaborators • Align efforts internally within campus and establish a strategic, phased approach • Work with existing structures, structures such as a community seminar series 3

Some Questions from the Discussion

• How does a smaller campus without the central resource of a Center for Public Service make the h most effective ff i linkages li k with i h community i organizations? • The relationships with community collaborators can be b fragile, f il how h can they th best b tb be maintained?


The Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown ((CCURB)) Project j is designed g to link the greater Providence community with Brown students, staff, and faculty in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. emissions This program will address emissions beyond those included in Brown’s campus-based greenhouse gas g g emissions inventory. y

Brown Carbon Reduction Goals and Context for CCURB Goal: reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels htt // b d /F iliti /F iliti M t/d /S t i bilit %20R t%202009%20U d t df

GHG Reduction Plan and Progress 90,000

BAU, 87,000


Fuel Sw itching

80,000 Energy Efficiency


75 000 75,000 70,000

Renew able Energy

65,000 60,000

Actual Progress 67 403 (-7 67,403 (-7.7%) 7%)


High Perform ance Design Cogeneration


Approved Goal 51,000 Recom m ended 42,000

45,000 40 000 40,000

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Fiscal Year

Recommended reduction is based on 15% below 1990 levels, including grow th. Approved Goal is based on 42% below 2007 for existing buildings, up to 50% better than code for new construction, and up to 30% better than code for acquired buildings. Interim reduction goals are 4% per year from 2008 through 2011, 3% per year from 2012 through 2019, and 2% in 2020.

Source: Sustainability Progress Report, Chris Powell, Facilities Mgmt, Jan. 2009 KEY: MTCDE = Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent BAU = Business As Usual 6 The yellow line represents the level of CO2 emissions approved by Goals. The dark blue line indicates the level of CO2 emissions that would be released if the Goals were not implemented on campus. The green line indicates the actual decrease in CO2

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Community-based project should address the following goals:

– Provide vibrant opportunities for learning for all those involved – E Engage non-university i i groups iin thinking hi ki about how to increase the sustainability of the greater Providence area and its neighborhoods in a way that is responsive to the needs of the community – Lead to a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown


• Letters of Interest – IIndividuals di id l and d teams are iinvited i d to submit b i aL Letter off IInterest to provide a brief overview of the proposed project and how it fits into the program objectives listed above. – Submit your Letter of Interest to

• Grant applications – The CCURB committee will review applications on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of November 30, 2009 at 11:59 pm. Th application The li i iis available il bl ffor d download. l d • p p p j

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Pilot Projects Update

• Project Heat Save Thermostat Upgrades • Pump It Up Vehicle Fuel Use Reduction • Project 2020 Lamp Replacements • Capital Good Fund Proposal

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Project Heat Save • Project Description • Save money, energy, and carbon by installing programmable thermostats in eligible homes • Project Goal • Install thermostats in 200 homes • Projected Heating Cost Reductions • 10% to 25% • Project Status • 80 home installations to date; contractor hired; marketing to eligible homes; linking up with national grid to collect energy data and receive rebates • As heating season starts, we need to provide more education to installed households 10

Pump It Up • Consumer behavioral shift towards optimal tire inflation to maximize fuel efficiency • Encourage drivers to maintain proper tire inflation and publicize the benefits—both environmental and economic economic—of of proper tire inflation • IInitial iti l goall to t pump 1,000 1 000 d drivers’ i ’ tires • Initial pilot test completed, with driver surveys on awareness Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown



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Patrick Corey ’10 and Kelly Glaser ’10 install a highhigh-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulb in a house on Larch Street in Providence.

Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown


Assumptions in Emission Reduction Calculations • Over 65,000 bulbs installed in nearly 5000 homes • Over 1,000 MTCDE annual reduction • Over 4,000 MTCDE over 4 year lamp life • $60/MTCDE reduced


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Project 20/20 is • An environmental project • An A educational d ti l project j t • A community outreach project

Our Community Partners Atlantic Mills Flea Market Camp Street Ministries Capital City Senior Programs Child & Family Residence in Newport Church of St. Francis Community Works of Rhode Island p Curtis Arms Apartments Foster Grandparent Program Fox Point Manor George Wiley Center Holy Cross Church John Hope Settlement Home Lincoln Housing Authority Lockwood Plaza Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley Nickerson Community Center Portsmouth Multi Purpose Senior Center Poverello Center Providence Housing Authority RI Food Bank RI Interfaith Power & Light RI Parent Information Network RI People's Power & Light RI Recovery Housing San Miguel's Miguel s Church Santa Theresa's Church St. Elizabeth Place St. James Baptist Church Wal-Mart West Broadway Elementary School Whitmarsh Group Homes


Community-based projects Guidelines • Context, partnership, reciprocity -- existing efforts, community expertise expertise, not a "laboratory" laboratory for Brown • Awareness of diversity and perceptions of Brown • Full communityy engagement g g throughout g – – – –

defining "needs," designing plan, I l Implementing ti g actions, ti evaluating outcomes


Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown

Community-based projects Guidelines • Coordinated outreach to community; consideration for community it time ti • Plan for accountability and long-term long term sustainability • Grace and humility

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Engaging Students in Sustainable Design Through Community-Based Learning

SSustainable i bl D Design i iin the h Built Environment Objective: To take fundamental concepts of environmental issues, economic analysis, and architectural design and apply them to develop analytical and reasoning abilityy and to design g real-world solutions to reduce negative environmental impacts of the built environment.

Course Goals: •To cultivate particular applied skills associated with sustainable design (see Course Objectives) •To learn to work in interdisciplinary teams and utilize individual areas of expertise to synthesize information and analyze environmental problems that can be addressed through improved d i design. •To develop skills to present and teach technical concepts through visual, verbal, and written communication. •To g gain experience p working g across stakeholders in the local Providence community to enact change in the built environment.

• Pilot Brown University / ULI Mentorship Program – Fall 2009 Semester • The goal: provide hands-on experience for students of sustainable d i iin B design Brown’s ’ E Environmental i t l St Studies di P Program, while hil offering ff i an opportunity to RI real estate, design, engineering and related practitioners to become involved with the next generation of sustainable design leadership. – 1) Advisory Mentorship – Mentors will be available to advise students in the area of their expertise on a bi-weekly schedule with meetings for 1-2 hours (total of 4 meetings equaling li g about b t 6 hours). h ) This Thi could ld ttake k th the fform off iinclusion l i in meetings, site visits, one-to-one project reviews, etc.


• Pilot Brown University / ULI Mentorship Program – Fall 2009 Semester 2) Project-Based Mentorship

• Mentor firms propose projects for student assistance. • Students S d take k a lleadership d hi role l iin d defining fi i project parameters and deliverables. • Examples E l off this thi type t off project j t could ld iinclude l d – researching points for a LEED checklist, sketch-up up renderings) – producing graphics (including sketch illustrating the green components of a building, – materials and sourcing research, etc.


Presentation Session

• Mission: The Center for Engagement, g g , Learning and Teaching will provide resources and experience to support deeper learning, effective teaching, and community it and d professional f i l engagement g g t at Keene State College. 29

“The Greening “Th G i off Pittsburgh Pitt b h g Community y through Connections”

Barbara B b K Kviz i Carnegie g Mellon University y October 26, 2009

St i b Steinbrenner IInstitute: tit t Operations and Research Focus „

Operations „ „


Focus areas: Education & Research Mechanisms: Seed grants, graduate fellowships, supportt off special i l activities ti iti

Research „ „

Urban infrastructure and sustainable cities Energy transition strategies and the environment

G Green Practices P ti Committee: C itt Mission

“Strive Strive to develop university practices that improve environmental quality, decrease waste,, and conserve natural resources and energy.�

Pittsburgh Going Green ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Pittsburgh is #3 Among U.S. Cities by Green Buildings and Space Diversified Green-oriented Green oriented Workforce Green Technology Network Expertise in Brownfield’s Redevelopment Solar Cities funding and Solar Companies Re-discovering our riverfronts Sustainability Coordinators Green Government Task Force Biodiesel / Alternative Fuels Initiatives Keystone Innovation Zones / R&D Urban Forestry/Landscape and Architecture/TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Hosts the National Green Jobs Conference 500+ Companies in Region Producing Green Products

Local Collaborative Initiatives „ „ „ „

Pittsburgh Climate Change Initiative Allegheny Green Climate Change Corps Pittsburgh Green Innovators

Green Government Task Force „

Pittsburgh Climate Change Initiative „


Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan „ „ „ „

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20% reduction d ti iin GHG by b 2023 Higher Hi h Ed Education ti (HECC) Municipal Business Community

Plan adopted in June 2008

Pittsburgh Climate Initiative „ „ „

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General Energy Recycling and Waste Management Transportation Green Building Practices Student Engagement and Education

Allegheny Green „ „

Led by county Executive Dan Onorato Charge The Green Action Team, engages a diverse group of local thought leaders to develop policies policies, programs and incentives that will assure sustainable practices, embrace smart growth principles, and protect our natural amenities to solidify western Pennsylvania's standing as one of greenest regions g in the United States. the g


Vision Allegheny County will be a national leader by ensuring that all residents thrive in a sustainable community that is equally committed to economic vitality, social equity and the highest environmental standards.

Allegheny Green Working Groups „ „ „ „ „ „ „

Building Services E-waste and Recycling Employee Culture Sustainability Principles Land Use and the Comprehensive Plan Climate Change and Energy Policy y

Citizens Climate Corps „

Mission: "The Citizens Climate Corps is a grassroots, citizen-led organization that seeks to slow g global warming g by y identifying, researching, and advocating for strategic solutions that reduce manmade, heat-trapping gases in southwestern Pennsylvania via project projectbased campaigns and education."

Pittsburgh Green Innovators „

Initiative led by „ „


PA Senator Ferlo US Congressman Mike Doyle

A Collaborative for Living, Learning and Earning g

Mission Create the megaplex that allows stakeholder collaboration, helping SW PA to maximize the opportunity pp y to strengthen the economy through green jobs jobs.

Vision Pittsburgh will lead SW Pennsylvania achieving a clean, green vibrant green, vibrant, innovative and productive economy economy, fortifying its place as a global leader in sustainability. With the Pittsburgh Green Innovators as a catalyst, our Region will become the center with the tools and talents needed to meet the challenges of achieving a more sustainable economy by combining the best of our legendary work ethic and skilled labor, along with our emerging strengths in higher education and revolutionary technologies.

Workforce Development

Research and Development Trade Unions

K-12 Non-Profits


“STEM� Support


Higher Education

Public Resources & Foundations

Tech Transfer and Product Demonstration

Mature and Start Up Businesses


Business Development and Incubator

Community Resource

Government/Quasi - Local „ „ „ „ „ „ „ „

Allegheny County Economic Development Pitt b h Cit Pittsburgh City Planning Pl i Local Government Academy Councilman Peduto Urban Redevelopment Authority Southwest PA Planning Commission 3 Rivers Wet Weather Plus many municipalities ….

Government - State „



Pennsylvania Department of E i Environmental t lP Protection t ti Pennsylvania y Department p of Community and Economic Development PERC formerly (PCIEP)

Government - Federal „ „


US Environmental Protection Agency US Department of Housing and Urban Development National Energy Technology Lab

Higher Education „

University of Pittsburgh „ „

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Mascaro Center M C t for f Sustainable S t i bl IInnovation ti Environmental Law Clinic

Penn State Metro Center and Ag Extension Chatham - Rachel Carson Institute Duquesne University - Center C ffor Environmental Research and Education C Carnegie Mellon - Steinbrenner S Institute Slippery Rock - PA Center for Environmental Education

Foundations „ „ „ „ „ „

Heinz Pittsburgh RK Mellon Colcom Benedum Giant Eagle

Private Sector CompaniesExamples „

Mature „ „ „ „


PNC B Bank, k USSt USSteel, l PPG, PPG Consol, C l Alcoa, Al UPMC Environmental Consultants/Labs Developers - Soffer, Soffer Rubinoff, Rubinoff Fourth River Contractors - Mascaro Construction

Start ups Start-ups „ „ „

GTECH, Fossil Free Fuels, Steel City Biofuels Imbutec Thar Technologies

Professional Organizations „ „ „


Air and Waste Management Association American Society of Civil Engineers Engineers’ Society of Western Engineers Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Technology Council

Non-Profits „ „

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10,000 Friends Allegheny Conference for Community Development Allegheny g y Land Trust Allegheny Recycling Bike Pittsburgh g Conservation Consultants, Inc. Construction Junction Friends of the Riverfront Green Building Alliance Group Against Smog and Pollution


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PA Environmental Council PA Resource Council Penn Future Phipps Conservatory Rachel Carson Homestead Riverlife Task Force Ri Q t RiverQuest Sierra Club Sustainable Pittsburgh Young Preservationist Association

Non-Profits „

Conservancies „



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Allegheny All h County C t Conservation District Mt Lebanon Nature C Conservancy Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Southern Alleghenies Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Westmoreland County Conservation District


Watershed Ass’ns „ „ „ „

Chartiers Ch ti Creek C k Montour Run Ni Mil Nine Mile Run R Pine Creek

Community Based Organizations „ „ „ „

Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone Steel Valley Enterprise Zone East Liberty Development, Development Inc. Inc Heritage Health Foundation, Inc.

Others „

Trade Unions „ „


Public Schools „ „ „


IBEW International Union of Operating Engineers PPS - Career and Technical Education Magnet and Charter Schools Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Cross Cutting „

Green Drinks

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