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Texas Commission for Environmental Quality Recycling Survey

Texas Commission for Environmental Quality Recycling Survey

Please aid the TCEQ  by participating in a survey for a study on the current and potential economic impacts of recycling, including state and local revenue that may be considered lost because recyclable materials are not recycled. Results will be included in the TCEQ report, "Municipal Solid Waste in Texas: A Year in Review, 2016 Data Summary and Analysis." The study is required for the Texas House Bill 2763 of the 84th Texas Legislature.. Survey participation is voluntary and participants will have limited confidentiality. The survey is available now through Oct. 31. Please visit  www.tceq.texas.gov for a full summary of the survey. Take the survey

How are green buildings affecting Real Estate Portfolios?

How are green buildings affecting Real Estate Portfolios? 

See two examples here: One is Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) data released for the first time. A record 759 real estate companies and funds participated in the 2016 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, representing more than 66,000 assets across 63 countries. See North America  Report here. The second example is a study funded by US Department of Energy & performed by LBNL & HAAS School of Business; its  scoping study to account for energy efficiency impact on commercial mortgages and lending process. Watch the presentation.

Congratulations to Julie Hendricks for becoming our newest LEED Fellow!

Congratulations to Julie Hendricks for becoming our newest LEED Fellow!  

Julie is a Vice President and the Director of EcoServices at Kirksey. She has consulted on and managed the LEED process for over 50 projects and many building types, adding up to more than 5 million square feet of space. She has been a part of Kirksey’s EcoServices team for ten years and has been a licensed architect for thirteen years. She frequently speaks on the topic of green building, and has written a number of articles and short books on the topic. In 2012, she was chosen as the Ben Brewer Young Architect of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the AIA. Julie is very active in volunteering and advocating for green building throughout Texas; she had held leadership positions in non-profit environmental organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council and the Citizens Environmental Coalition. She has been working on Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Committee for the USGBC for a year. She has been on the Executive Committee of the Gulf Coast Green conference for nine years, as Chair in 2014. Julie has also taught architecture at the Boston Architectural Center and at Prairie View A&M University.

Certificate in Urban & Community Design

Texas Tech University introduces certificate program in Urban and Community Design Studies, that is available in Houston. This course is intended to familiarize students who are not environmental specialists with relevant facts and analyses on this recent environmentalism evolution. With the growing globalization of social, political and economic activities worldwide, sustainability has become a fundamental component of the new global playing field (think not just “greening”, but climate, energy, water, toxins, food, health, land use, urban planning, transportation, public agencies, private industry, and non-profits). For more information contact the program director MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald.

 


 

UCD Certificate Description

The Graduate Certificate in Urban and Community Design is intended to meet the specialized academic needs of both graduate students and professionals. Understanding the complex nature of the urban environment is an essential aspect of architectural practice and other complimentary fields. The certificate provides this highly motivated individual this specialization after the completion of fourteen (14) hours of graduate level coursework noted under the Certificate Curriculum.

Architecture majors at TTU can obtain this certificate concurrently with the Master of Architecture with no additional hours if enrolled by the second semester of the graduate program. Students seeking this certificate as a non-major or as a professional in practice will work with their instructor to contribute in specialized ways to the approved Advanced Architectural Design studio requirement based on their area of skill and expertise. Coursework offers distance education options.

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