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Principal Investigator
School 
Project Description
Reports/Links
Thomas Basler
MUSC
Faculty Development Center
Greg Carbone
Helen Power
USC
Integrating campus meteorological and air quality data in environmental courses
Interim Report
Jacquelyn D.N. Cunningham
USC
EarthWare - The ScreenSaver
Final Report
Marty Davis
Clemson
Development of Building Cost Guidelines Based on Environmental Life-Cycle Analysis for University Facilities in South Carolina
Interim Report
Matt Davis
MUSC
Enhancement of Parental Satisfaction by Using Waiting Room Video Education inPediatric Primary Care
Interim Report
Thomas Davis
USC
Building Codes for Fuel Cell Power on USC Campus
 
William English
Clemson
Two Stream Ecology Courses Requiring Interactions With Campus Facilities Managers 
Final Report
Pearl Fernandes
USC
Using the Local Environment Around a Two Year Campus as a Natural Classroom to Study Species Diversity.  
Christy Friend
USC
Writing About the Environment:  Developing Theme Courses that Incorporate Sustainability Issues into First-Year English
Final Report
Gwendelyn Geidel
USC
SC Environmental Education Plan Development
Interim Report
Mary Taylor Haque
Clemson
Colleges and Congregations: Envisioning and Designing Sustainable Gardens for Religious Institutions and Surrounding Communities
Final Report
Mary Taylor Haque
Summer Smith
Clemson
Incorporating Sustainability Projects into Business and Technical Writing Classes: A Workshop for Faculty and Project Clients 
 Final Report
Stephen Klaine
Clemson
Biocomplexity as an Integrative Concept for Interdisciplinary Graduate Education  
Lucy Noth
Barry Nocks
Clemson
Improving the Signage and Shelter Elements of Clemson University’s Campus Bus System
Final Report
Imtiaz Haque
James A. Reneke
Margaret M. Wiecek
Clemson
Decision Making for Complex Systems Under Uncertainty: Applications to Service Sector Sustainability Issues
Final Report
Jimmy Roberts
JE Shearer
G. Stuart 
Routt Reigart
MUSC
Can We Assess Changes in Parental Knowledge of Lead Poisoning?  A Pilot Study
Final Report
John Rodgers
Mark Schlautman
Cindy M. Lee
John Coates
Clemson
A Constructed Wetland Treatment System:  A "Green" and Sustainable Solution to Prevent Water Pollution on Campus  
Peter Skewes
Clemson 
Establishment of a free-range poultry production unit at Clemson University
 
Andrea Summer
MUSC
Seminar Series in International Health and Tropical Medicine for 2003
Timothy Weigel
Clemson
Development of sustainability modules for freshmen level Packaging Science courses
Geoff Zehnder
Horace Skipper
Clemson
Preservation and Utilization of the Calhoun Fields for Teaching and Demonstration of Sustainable Farming and Gardening Practices 
Interim Report


Reports

Preservation and Utilization of the Calhoun Fields for Teaching and Demonstration of Sustainable Farming and Gardening Practices 

Prepared by: 

  • Geoff Zehnder, Professor of Entomology and Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator
  • Horace Skipper, Professor, Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences Clemson University
We have started a "Campus Supported Agriculture" program in conjunction with our Calhoun Field project. We have approximately 20 members who pay a membership fee in exchange for weekly pickups of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. This is part of the marketing project supported by SUI. We had our first member pick-up last week and took some pictures (see below).  Notice the acknowledgement of SUI support on our banner. We're also having  some signs made for the CFL site which will also indicate SUI support
 
 

Development of sustainability modules for freshmen level Packaging Science courses
Prepared by: 
Timothy Weigel, Assistant Professor, Department of Packaging Science

This summer was spent collecting current literature on recycling, returnable packaging, life cycle analysis, and source reduction.  In addition I attended the WorldPac 2002 conference in East Lansing, which included a session on Packaging and the Environment.  Initial development work on the course modules has begun and I expect at least two of the modules to be used in the Packaging Science 102 course that I am currently teaching.  Additional modules should be completed and introduced in the course in the spring of 2003.


 Development of Building Cost Guidelines Based on Environmental Life-Cycle Analysis for University Facilities in South Carolina
Interim Report

Prepared by: Marty Davis, Professor, School of Architecture

This investigation began in earnest in the Fall of 2002, and was suspended in the Spring of 2003 when I was on sabbatical leave,  It is to resume this summer.

This study is divided into two portions, one dealing with an overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in buildings, the other focusing on the SC State Procurement Process,  The inception of LCA is often  credited to a study on beverage containers in the late 1960's.  There appear's to be considerable data on product toxicity using LCA.  When reviewing literature of LCA and buildings the citations are less   frequent. LCA is a method of evaluating environmental impacts of a product, process or activity throughout its full life cycle, namely,  from extraction of raw materials, to processing, transport, use and finally disposal  As an internationally accepted approach guided by international standards in the ISO 14000 series, it is being used and tested by numerous organizations. Considerable emphasis has been  placed by the US EPA on developing and implementing decision-making tools based on Life Cycle Assessment. The EPA methodology is divided into three parts:Inventory Assessment, Impact Assessment and Improvement Assessment.

Significant work on developing software has developed in Australia (LCAid), the United States (BEES), UK (Boustead), Germany (Gabi) and Denmark (SIB LCA). Assessment tools of interest have been developed in Canada (Athena), USA (DOE2), and the UK (Envest).  Whole Building   Assessment tools directed to architects have been established in Australia (Ecotect), US (Building Design Advisor and Green Building Advisor, LEED), UK (BREEAM),  It is important to note that in the US numerous 'sustainable building guidelines' have been created, included California Tier 1 and 2 checklists, Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide, City of Austin Municipal Guidelines, Standford  University's Guidelines for Sustainable Building, etc.

The data on state procurement is a bit vague.  In South Carolina all new state sponsored building over a set value must follow the Permanent Improvement Project Approval and Implementation Process.    Nowhere in this process is the mention of any type of LCA. There are numerous environmentally based design guidelines and recommendations, however, no official use of life cycle assessment is integrated into the procurement process in each of the 50 states.  There seems to be an opportunity to develop some input into the South Carolina model for life cycle assessment especially via the State Engineer's Office where it prepares a Certification for Construction, and in the Agency Selection Committee which determines the professional services required for he project.

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Prepared by:  Kim Buchanan
Document URL:  http://www.sc.edu/sustainableu/2002funded.htm

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