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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sustainable Village in Alaska

The cavalcade of campuses going *green* just keeps on marching, but the new one at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks is an interesting one. According to this article in the Fairbanks Daily News, ...the $1 million project, dubbed the Sustainable Village, is being designed with an eye toward hyper-efficiency, low operating costs and experimentation. Planners are hopeful the development, a collaboration between UAF and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, could be a small step toward transforming housing on campus.

Hey, that is great news, but I was under the impression from media interviews with Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin that Alaska was not all that interested in the green living given their dependence on fossil fuels to fuel the state government.

But planners still aren’t exactly sure what will be built at the site. CCHRC and UAF officials will work together throughout the winter on design plans for the structures, working to incorporate renewable energy sources like solar, wind and biomass with innovative approaches toward gray-water recycling and waste management. Construction on the project is expected to begin next April. 

Warning to UAF planners - make certain you know what you want to build at the site, and more importantly, that the stuff to build it has been invented or you might find your project grounded just like the Oregon Sustainability Center when it was discovered that some of the proposed building materials did not yet exist.
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A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made. ~ Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

1 comment:

  1. I competed in the design competition, and I hope you will be pleased to know that the Living Machine was a central element in our design. Winners will be announced next Saturday.
    Fingers crossed...