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Campus Sustainability Conference

Three Communication Media and Technology graduate students, Bryan Christiansen,

Attendees during tour of MCC’s sustainable building upgrade.
Attendees during tour of MCC’s sustainable building upgrade.

Sandy Nadal & Abel Rondon, presented on “Visual Communication and its Impact on Sustainability Decisions” at the SWBR Architect’s 5th Annual Campus Sustainability Conference this past Friday, October 26th.

Solar panels at MCC
Solar panels at MCC

The conference is intended to help professional engineers, facilities personnel, architects, sustainability directors, etc. from universities in Central and Western NY learn from each others experiences and challenges. Professionals from University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, Binghamton University, Nazareth College and Rochester Institute of Technology attended (including, Director of Sustainability Enid Cardinal, Director of Facilities, Sustainability & Conservation, Student Auxiliary Services Kurt Ingerick and Director of Facilities Services & Sustainability, National Technical Institute for the Deaf Christopher Knigga).

The main discussion point of this year’s conference was intended for colleagues to discuss what is being done to address existing building stock (or older less efficient buildings), in light of campuses trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

Bryan explaining some of the final designs
Bryan explaining some of the final designs

Though slightly different from the conference theme, the CMT students spoke about their effort to reduce energy consumption through human behavior when a building is already fairly energy efficient. In their case, they were focusing on getting students to use less energy in the Global Village dormitories through visual messaging and various forms of physical media.

The students were really well received and they were asked to continue sharing their research project’s results. They were also invited to share future projects at the conference in upcoming years. A few of the university representatives and Principal of SWBR Architects Junius R. Judson asked students to send additional printed materials.

Sandy concludes the presentation with great energy!
Sandy concludes the presentation with great energy!

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