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Unwrapping Building 574, Part 2: Stormwater

I asked Ray Santangelo and David Kadish if stormwater drainage was a factor in the design of building 574. “It was actually required,” Kadish said. “The age of the building resulted in a system that sent the storm water to the sewer lines, which is no longer allowed by the city’s code. This resulted in the installation of filtration tanks to mitigate the amount of water being sent to the city’s infrastructure.” Stormwater infiltration systems are used to collect, treat, and recharge stormwater runoff generated from impervious areas of developments, such as roofs, sidewalks, and parking lots.  They improve stormwater runoff quality and quantity and help to recharge underground aquifer water supplies, reduce the total volume and peak rate of runoff discharged from a site, and reduce the amount of water directed to City stormwater collection systems.IMG_3645

The conversation also included stormwater recharge systems. Kadish explained these in great detail. “For the 574 Boston Avenue project, there are a few different types of stormwater recharge systems, including pervious pavers, a drywell, and two pipe and stone systems. Pervious pavers allow runoff to infiltrate by providing enough space between each individual paver for water to pass into the underlying soils. A drywell is a concrete chamber with small holes in the concrete walls that drain the chamber. Pipe and stone systems are a mix of perforated pipe surrounded by crushed stone.” Crushed stone is a useful material for infiltration systems because of its high void properties. The more void space a soil has, the more stormwater it can ultimately store and infiltrate. All three types of systems use the same process, which is to collect runoff from impervious surfaces, store it within the system, and slowly let the runoff infiltrate into the underlying soil.

One of the challenges of the 574 Boston Avenue project was to reduce the total amount of runoff offsite. “The Harvard Avenue stormwater system was already overloaded and floods during large storm events,” the men explain. “The City required that we reduce the amount of runoff sent to the Harvard Street stormwater system by implementing infiltration systems to reduce runoff from the 574 site. The infiltration system on the Harvard Avenue side of the project was designed to store a 10-year storm, or 4.6-inches of rain in a 24-hour period.”

IMG_3650This also has ramifications for the building’s LEED rating system, the environmental rating that assesses the green design of a project. Stormwater Quantity ratings require that a site infiltrate at least 25% of the runoff generated by a site. Using the techniques described above, the 574 Boston Avenue project will reduce the runoff sent to the City stormwater systems by almost 60%, a true representation of the design team’s dedication to sustainability.

Blog Update: “Unwrapping Building 574″ is Now Available!

The Office of Sustainability is proud to present Part 1 of Unwrapping Building 574, a three part blog on Tufts’ current building project.

Building 574 represents the future of sustainability on Tufts Campus, with green initiatives designed into the building. Due to the uniqueness of the site and age of the building, the project requires some unique initiative and planning to make such a concept feasible. Communications intern Timothy Grant interviewed Ray Santangelo, the project manager, and one of the building’s head architects, David Kasdish, on 574 and what it means for sustainability. Even without a background on the subject, the interview is fascinating and easy to follow. Part 1 includes the history of building and some initiatives to include sustainable design. Part 1 is Available Now!

Programmes Officer, Int’l Water Association (Mexico)

DEADLINE: March 5, 2014

The International Water Association is recruiting a full-time programs officer to be part of its programs team supporting the development, implementation and dissemination of various projects. The programs officer will support the thematic program: Water, Climate and Energy, with a particular emphasis on a new project working towards achieving carbon neutral water and wastewater utilities, as well as the wider urban water cycle. Furthermore, the incumbent will also provide support to projects and activities related to the utility member segment of IWA. To Apply: To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and two references to: recruitment@iwahq.org before March 5th, 2014. Learn more.

Energy Coorinator/Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston, MA)

The regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks an Energy Coordinator/Energy Planner to help achieve MAPC’s local and regional clean energy goals. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston. The Coordinator/Planner will work closely with other staff at MAPC, state agencies, local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions to promote clean energy efforts in Metro Boston. Learn more.

Residential Energy Efficiency Activist (Winchester, MA)

Intern would encourage residents of Winchester MA to take energy conservation and efficiency measures. Some independent initiative expected, but guidance and partnership is to be provided by members of the local non-profit, Cool Winchester.  Possible activities to be developed include: Weekly environmental articles provided to two local newspapers, a middle and high school sustainability ideas “challenge” with prizes, environmental presentations to a variety of groups and at other events in Winchester, a town wide “call to action” to take environmental measures. It is hoped the intern might come up with additional, creative ideas. Intern will network with various environmental activists in town. Intern would meet with members and others in homes or public places in Winchester, but would otherwise work largely independently. Hours & Stipend: 10-20 hours per week, $15/hr. Dates: Beginning work first week of June, 2014. To extend through August, 2014 – or beyond if desired by both parties. Contact: Carolyn Starrett, Winchester, MA 781-729-9022. cstar10@concentric.net

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Eco-Reps Update: Green Campus!

-by Angie Bell

If you’ve mastered composting and are looking for more ways to show your sustainability spirit, now is a great time to start! There are some really awesome events coming up soon that are sure to get you pumped to go green.

As you may already know, RecycleMania is in full swing! Keep up that meticulous recycling because trash is still being graded until the end of March. Preliminary grading put Tilton, Carpenter House and Wilson House in the lead with A minuses, but it’s not too late for your dorm to take the lead! If you have any questions about what is recyclable in your dorm, your Eco-rep is here to help! Also, keep in mind that the whole of the Tufts Meford campus will get a collective grade and then be compared to other schools. This is a great chance to show that environmental responsibility is a priority here at Tufts!  Results will be out the first week of April, and the winning dorm gets to bounce around in one of these babies:

If that doesn’t spark your competitive spirit, I don’t know what will!

If you are interested in energy usage (we know we are!), the Tufts Energy Conference is another event coming up on March 8-9. The theme of this year’s conference is “Shifting Dynamics in Emerging Markets” and it will feature several experts and professionals as keynote speakers, an energy showcase of innovative projects and technologies, interactive small-group discussions, and an exciting competition where student innovators can pitch projects to win seed funding.  Whether you’re already an expert or you just want to get your toes wet, this is a great opportunity to learn from the pros!  If you want to learn more about the conference or register to attend, visit the conference website. And while you’re at it, reduce your energy usage in the dorm by:

  • Unplugging electronics
  • Turning of your power strip
  • Turning off your laptop overnight
  • Turning off the lights when you’re not around
  • Choosing the woolens setting on the washing machines (they do the same job with less energy!)

As always, if you have any questions regarding these events or sustainability in the dorms, contact your friendly neighborhood Eco-rep for answers! Hope you all have a wonderful (and environmentally-friendly) week!

–Angie (Eco-rep for Carm)

Market Strategies Program Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (“NEEP”) is seeking a Market Strategies Program Manager to manage NEEP’s regional projects to accelerate the adoption of highly efficient emerging technologies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  A member of NEEP’s Market Strategies Team, this full-time position manages NEEP’s Emerging Technologies initiatives and its new Commercial Advanced Lighting Controls (CALC) project as well as supports the development of regional initiatives.  This position reports to the Director of Energy Efficiency Strategies and interfaces with NEEP’s sponsors, partners, state and federal agencies, and the energy efficiency industry.

Learn more.

Faculty Position Available: Sustainability and Environmental Policy- Quest University Canada

Quest University Canada invites applicants for a full-time continuing faculty position in the area of Sustainability and Environmental Policy. The University seeks applications from individuals who show evidence of innovative pedagogy, collaborative teaching, and creative curriculum development across disciplines.
The University invites applicants with a background in life, physical or social sciences, and demonstrated research contributions in scientifically based sustainability and environmental policy. Areas of study could include climate change, air, water or soil quality, energy use, waste management, agriculture, forestry, urban development, technology, or socio-ecological resilience. Those with research foci in wildlife conservation biology, marine conservation, protected areas, or ecology need not apply. Preference will be given to candidates with a) strong quantitative and data analysis skills, and/or GIS skills, and b) expertise in US and/or Canadian environmental policy.
The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in and desire to develop interdisciplinary Concentration courses and teach Foundation courses across the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.  A PhD (or equivalent) and demonstrated teaching experience are required. Applicants must have taught, led and designed at least one, 40+ hour university-level course. Although research, especially that involving undergraduates, is encouraged, those seeking a research-focused faculty position should not apply.
All applications must include (1) a cover letter of no more than two pages (a) demonstrating familiarity with the Quest academic program, (b) specifying how your specific previous research or teaching experiences make you qualified to teach Foundation courses across at least two of our academic divisions, (c) discussing which interdisciplinary courses you can create for our Concentration program and how it will expand our current offerings to Quest students, and (d) explaining what you can contribute to our innovative curriculum; (2) a curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three references, and (3) a one page statement of teaching philosophy. Applications should be sent to lsfaculty@questu.ca. The start date for the position will be August 1, 2014.

 

Energy and Resource Steward, U Texas Austin

Engage and educate building occupants on a daily basis to achieve new behaviors that result in conservation. Routinely audit and walk buildings to understand how resources are measured and consumed. Coordinate with building operations, maintenance operations, engineering, and utilities staff to identify and resolve resource conservation issues and implement building schedules and other conservation measures. Perform basic calculations to determine resource consumption, savings, and life cycle cost analysis of conservation measures. Assist in the development of campus wide conservation initatives. Organize and hold building events, such as building open house or orientation, to engage building occupants and promote the Energy and Resource Conservation program. Work collaboratively with academic, athletic, auxiliary, student and administrative organizations to further building- or department-specific conservation programs and develop building operation schedules and other sustainable building operations. Perform analysis and provide management level reports as required.

Learn more/apply.

Vice Present, Climate and Energy Programs, CERES (Boston)

Ceres is seeking a Vice President of Climate & Energy Programs to lead strategy, initiatives, and sector-based programming in a fast-paced, not-for-profit, organization with a $9+ million budget. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced professional to build on Ceres’ solid achievements in promoting a market-oriented change agenda, in engaging businesses and investors, and in mobilizing them to take action in ways that further the public and environmental good. To apply, email a resume and cover letter directly to maureen@msalkinassociates.com

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