Since 2015, faculty, students, staff, and consultants associated with the Renewable Energy Scholars have collaborated to plan and design a living learning laboratory for experimentation with renewable energy and complementary sustainable design features. The greenhouse will function as a teaching and research tool for the integration of sustainable and renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, anaerobic digestion, with sustainable design strategies like rainwater collection, sustainable food production, and composting. The project is directly aligned with the BCSE's strategic goals and with the Bucknell Plan for Engineering Education's Living Laboratory initiative. The Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous standards in green building design and construction, has served as a set of guiding principles for the design of the building and site.
Bucknell's first green roof occupies 600 square feet on the second level of the Dana Engineering building. Conceived in 2009 by McKenna Research intern Becca Shopiro '12, this green roof is now fully instrumented for data collection, and became the topic of an honors thesis completed by Shopiro under the direction of Civil and Environmental Engineering professors Richard Crago and Kevin Gilmore. This "seed project" can be said to have reproduced or spread as it paved the way for new green roofs to be constructed on the Mooney Innovation Laboratory and Academic West. Photos of the evolution of green roofs at Bucknell can be viewed in the gallery below.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Buildings
Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with the Sustainable Design Program have been actively advocating for green buildings at Bucknell for over 10 years. In 2012 Bucknell achieved its first two LEED Silver certifications through the U.S. Green Building Council, and now has designed and built a total of three LEED Silver and five LEED Gold buildings along with additional LEED-aspiring renovations underway. To learn more about Bucknell's green buildings, visit Bucknell Facilities' LEED Certification web page.