The 'Greening' of American Universities: An Evaluation of the Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors

By Dennis Bausman.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Published online: April 18, 2014 $US5.00

This study evaluates the social, economic, and environmental aspects of green construction to identify the primary factors driving the ‘greening’ of University facilities in the United States. To accomplish the objective of this research effort, key personnel in facility planning and operation from top universities in the United States were surveyed to obtain input concerning their institution’s approach and philosophy regarding ‘green’ construction. The study investigates the social, economic, and environmental factors that influence development decisions. It explores the basis for the green building philosophy and approach for facility development on the campuses of U.S. universities. The results from this study will yield insight regarding the primary factors influencing university decisions to design and build ‘green’. The findings from this study will provide universities with valuable insight to aid them to more effectively leverage, and respond to, the forces that influence decisions to pursue sustainable development on their campuses.

Keywords: Green Building, University, Economic, Environment, Social

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.13-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 18, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 704.266KB)).

Dr. Dennis Bausman

Professor and Endowed Faculty Chair, Construction Science and Management, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Dr. Dennis C. Bausman has over 30 years experience in construction and construction education. Dr. Bausman currently serves as Professor and Endowed Faculty Chair in the Construction Science & Management (CSM) Department at Clemson University. Prior to joining the faculty at Clemson University he was in large commercial contracting where he held positions in Executive Management, Division Manager, and Project Management over a 22-year career in industry. Dennis is an AIC Certified Professional Constructor, an AIC Fellow, and serves on the board of the American Institute of Constructors. Dr. Bausman is a LEED accredited professional and he serves on the review board for the Associated Schools of Construction, the Construction Industry Institute education committee, AIC’s Construction Certification Commission, and as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. Dr. Bausman has received national recognition for his work including AGC’s National Outstanding Educator Award, ASC’s Outstanding Researcher Award, and the W.A. Klinger Construction Education Award from the American Institute of Constructors for Longstanding Contribution to Construction Education and Distinguished Service to the Advancement of the Construction Profession. Dennis has conducted numerous research efforts and is regularly published in refereed journals and other professional publications.