Research to Practice
USGBC Research to Practice Program
The University of Washington has been accepted to participate in the U.S. Green Building Council's Research to Practice Program (R2P2). The UW is a global leader in environmental science research, education and technology transfer to discover and share knowledge for the sustainability of our planet, with over 70,000 faculty, staff and students, and 21,000,000 GSF of building stock on 3 campuses in Washington. The UW has certified 15 LEED projects of owned and leased building stock, with 19 projects in process.
The UW will be gathering and analyzing our achievements on LEED projects in comparison to other U.S. higher-education institution projects. This effort involves the Capital Projects Office working in conjunction with a faculty member from the Department of Architecture and coordinating the hiring of student interns through the Campus Sustainability Fund to provide opportunities for UW students to work on sustainable projects on campus.
Student interns are hired to focus in these areas gathering data on LEED projects: (1) Project certification reporting; (2) performance tracking; (3) adaptive management; (4) performance altering changes; (5) higher education institution project comparisons; (6) outreach. The results of this effort will be included in a report quantifying sustainable achievements on campus in comparison with LEED projects within the city of Seattle, state-funded projects, and projects at other U.S. higher-eduction institutions.