Architecture as Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary Design and Creation of a Carbon Neutral Idaho Environmental Learning Center at the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus

EPA Grant Number: SU833561
Title: Architecture as Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary Design and Creation of a Carbon Neutral Idaho Environmental Learning Center at the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus
Investigators: Haglund, Bruce T. , Westerfield, Lynne , Awwad-Rafferty, Rula , Drown, Stephen , Hollenhorst, Steven
Current Investigators: Haglund, Bruce T. , Horn, Crystal Van , Jacobus, Frank , Personns, Hanna , Dolence, Jacob , Kullgren, Jenn , Arwyn, Lauriel , Awwad-Rafferty, Rula , Drown, Stephen , Hollenhorst, Steven
Institution: University of Idaho
EPA Project Officer: Page, Angela
Phase: I
Project Period: August 31, 2007 through August 30, 2008
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2007) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Addressing climate change is fast becoming the highest priority of the environmental sustainability movement. Accordingly, the US building sector, as the leading producer of CO2 emissions and leading consumer of energy, has the unique opportunity and responsibility to shape the global environmental future.


This project seeks to capitalize on the plethora of recent advances in green technology in order to pioneer a built environment that seamlessly weaves together green concepts in energy efficiency, building and finish materials, space planning and use, water treatment, and site construction with an emphasis on using the built environment as a model and teaching tool for applied sustainability. University of Idaho (UI) graduate and undergraduate students specializing in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and interior design will work in interdisciplinary teams with the Ponderosa Institute staff to plan and design a carbon-neutral environmental learning center at the UI McCall field campus. Selected students will then partner with industry professionals to synthesize and implement a facilities plan for the field campus. As Idaho’s only environmental learning center, the resulting facilities will be uniquely poised to showcase sustainability in a state that is expected to experience a 50% rise in population in the next three decades, but which lacks the necessary models for sustainable growth to facilitate such an increase without compromising environmental quality. Over a thousand visitors each year will participate in programs that use the field campus architecture as pedagogy. This student, faculty, and industry partnership will be the first such team to take up the carbon-neutral challenge in a comprehensive and applied fashion.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 3 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

sustainable development, carbon, global warming, renewable, engineering, architecture, design, sustainable industry/business, technology for sustainable environments, building materials, wastewater treatment, energy-efficiency, monitoring,, RFA, Air, climate change, Air Pollution Effects, Atmosphere

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report