The Sustainable Design Program explores and applies design theories, concepts, principles, and approaches to enhance understandings regarding the sustainability of a wide range of human derived and natural systems. Using the campus as a living learning laboratory, and drawing upon diverse design disciplines and traditions, projects in this area investigate multiple, interrelated themes such as material cycles, energy, landscapes, built environment, and sustainability metrics/assessment. The program emphasizes design collaborations among students, faculty and staff, toward the realization of sustainable design projects that serve simultaneously as tools for ongoing research, teaching and learning.


  • Design for climate neutrality
  • Integrating renewable energy technologies
  • Passive solar design
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  • Life cycle analysis
  • Upcycling
  • Composting
  • Waste minimization
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  • Designing with native plants
  • Permaculture design
  • Rain gardens, constructed wetlands, and stormwater features
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Built Environment

  • Green buildings
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Biophillic design
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  • Campus sustainability assessments
  • Greenhouse gas inventories
  • Waste audits
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