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Apparently, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art now has The Institute for Sustainable Design. It was created in 2008, with support from philanthropist Jack Rudin, as a resource for education, research and public understanding of the principles and methods of sustainability in all design disciplines. “:Central to the mission of the Institute is the development of innovative pedagogies in architecture, art and engineering that will be models for the transformation of learning and practice for a sustainable future” The inagural lecture of Institute for Sustainable Design NEARLY TRAPPED:  DESIGN IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES was held at Cooper a few days ago by Paul Sears, distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics. 

Also, now Cooper Union has a new logo and soon will have a new building with green features.  The building is designed for sustainability, energy efficiency and air quality:

1. Innovative heating and cooling technology
2. An outer layer of semi-transparent mesh screen will create coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter.
3. Carbon dioxide detectors throughout the building will automatically dim power and ventilation when rooms are unoccupied.
4.  A co-generation system will produce some power for both the new building and the Foundation building, reducing the need to tap into the outside electrical grid.
5. The deck surface of the green roof will be covered by a layer of low-maintenance plantings.
6. The low-flow plumbing devices and the green roof will save more than 600,000 gallons of water annually.

NEARLY TRAPPED: DESIGN IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES
Dr. David W. Orr
Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics
Oberlin College

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009
6:30 pm

The Great Hall
Cooper Union Foundation Building
East 7th Street at Third Avenue
New York City

The Institute for Sustainable Design at The Cooper Union was created in
2008, with support from philanthropist Jack Rudin, as a resource for
education, research and public understanding of the principles and
methods of sustainability in all design disciplines.  Central to the
mission of the Institute is the development of innovative pedagogies in
architecture, art and engineering that will be models for the
transformation of learning and practice for a sustainable future.

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental
Studies and Politics in the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin
College.  He is also a James Marsh Professor at large at the University
of Vermont.  He holds a B.A. from Westminster College, an M.A. from
Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in International Relations from
the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of five books and has
published over 150 articles in scientific journals, social science
publications, and popular magazines.  The recipient of numerous awards,
he is best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in
higher education and his recent work in ecological design.

“I believe that educators must become students of the ecologically
proficient mind and of the things that must be done to foster such
minds.  In time this will mean nothing less than the redesign of
education itself.” - Dr. Orr

Free and open to the public

The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, New York, NY

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