Spring Into Green: Making a More Environmentally Friendly Campus

College of Architecture to host green campus symposium and workshop to develop a green action plan for the university.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

The symposium and workshop are part of the Spring into Green initiative which includes a week devoted to green living and making Texas Tech more environmentally friendly.

Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture in conjunction with the American Institute of Architecture Students will host a symposium and workshop April 15-16 that will focus on making its campus more environmentally friendly.

The goal of the symposium is to develop a green action plan that is backed by Texas Tech administration and facilities planners and can be implemented to help reduce energy usage and paper waste on campus.

Through a series of panel discussions and workshops led by two nationally recognized experts in green campuses and economies, event organizers hope to glean input from students, staff and faculty with expertise in fields such as sustainable design, engineering, economics and water conservation before hunkering down with university managers and leaders to hammer out a green campus action plan.

Keynote speakers for the two-day event are:

  • David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor at Oberlin College and author of five books: “Design on the Edge: The Making of a High Performance Building,” “The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment,” “The Nature of Design,” “Earth in Mind,” and “Ecological Literacy.” He has published 150 articles in scientific journals, social science publications and magazines.
  • Kevin Doyle, national program director at the Environment Careers Organization, which operates paid internship and fellowship programs for future environmental professionals, and co-author of “The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference.”
  • Mike Ellicott, Texas Tech University’s vice chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction, will offer a green state of the campus lecture.

The event is funded by a grant from the CH Foundation and will take place in conjunction with a two-week series of events that are part of a “Spring into Green” initiative.

Spring into Green includes a week focused on sustainable design and a week devoted to green living. It strives to educate the university on ways to make Texas Tech a more environmentally friendly campus.