Category Archives: Case Study

Climate Change in the American Mind

Climate Change in the American MindThe latest survey from George Mason University’s Center for Climate Communication reveals that the number of Americans “very worried” about global warming has reached a record high since first measured in 2008.

A majority of Americans (63%) say they are “very” or “somewhat” worried about the issue. Likewise, Americans increasingly view global warming as a threat. Since Spring 2015, more Americans think it will harm them personally, their own family, people in the U.S., people in developing countries, and future generations.

You can read the full survey report here.

Energy & Sustainability Conference: January 2013

VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) hosted the Energy and Sustainability Conference in January 2013. The two-day event was organized by Virginia Sustainable Building Network and James River Green Building Council. More than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they’re adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.

Click here to view the archived event website.
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Canterbury Woods Neighborhood Pilot Energy Audit Project

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In 2010, with funding support from the Building America Program and Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, VSBN worked with the Canterbury Woods Civic Association of Fairfax County in a pilot project to evaluate and perform energy audits on some of the most common home models in the neighborhood.

This neighborhood of more than 500 homes was built in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, and fit the demographics of a neighborhood of similar housing stock, where group assessments could be made that would result in quick movement towards housing retrofit. Six models were selected for energy audits. As a result of the project, model-specific deficiencies were uncovered that homeowners with the same or similar model may use to determine which types of energy upgrades are needed in their own homes.

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4th Annual Greening Universities Conference

4th Annual Greening Universities Conference

The 4th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference was held October 22, 2009, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Highlights included

  • updates of Climate Action Plans at Virginia universities and colleges;
  • best practices in Green design and campus operations;
  • how universities and community colleges are tackling Green curricula that lead to Green jobs;
  • a tour of the LEED Platinum Rice Center and other Green projects of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Presentations from this full-day event are available below.
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Greening Virginia’s K-12 Schools: A Case Study of Current Initiatives (2008)

Greening Virginia's K-12 SchoolsIn an effort to disseminate information about sustainability programs in Virginia’s K-12 schools, VSBN gathered information from a sampling of school districts and created a report that is available as a resource on this website.

Greening Virginia’s K-12 Schools: A Case Study of Current Initiatives is based on a survey conducted during the Summer of 2008; all responses to the survey are included.
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Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

Green Building Benefits in the Commercial MarketplaceVSBN organized the Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges on October 26, 2007, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hosted by the University of Virginia, this event featured best practices in campus design, Green buildings, facility operations, and campus sustainability initiatives. Documents and PowerPoint presentations from this event are listed below.

Also available is Greening Virginia Colleges and Universities—A Report on Progress. This report of greening initiatives at select institutions of higher learning in Virginia was compiled with cooperation from the universities and colleges included in the report.
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