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“Measuring Sustainability in Buildings” Webcast

Message from Dr. Andrew Baruth on the Opening Talk of Creighton University’s Spirit of St. Francis Celebration:

andrew-baruthI want to thank those who were able to attend last night’s eye-opening lecture at Creighton University with Dr. Joshua Kneifel, Applied Economist from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Engineering Laboratory. He addressed the role of measurement science in motivating change in building design, as well as changes to codes/laws/mindsets concerning improvements in sustainability within new builds and the application of lessons learned to retrofits.

In addition, we caught a glimpse of the powerful tools being developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to quantify important metrics, including life cycle analysis and energy inflows/outflows, and their incorporation into the National Renewable Energy Lab’s energy modeling software, OpenStudio.

I’ve prepared a webcast of the talk: PowerPoint slides with microphone voice-over for those who couldn’t attend or who would like to review the material: http://bit.ly/2cqSeyt

Another public lecture in this series, “Sustainability Initiatives at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo,” will be presented on September 30th at 1 p.m, with a reception at noon, in the Harper Ballroom: http://calendar.creighton.edu/event?id=57570

Stephanie Huettner, along with a panel of Zoo staff and Creighton faculty and students, will share their successes in the implementation of their 2011 Energy and Sustainability Master Plan that resulted in their 2016 “Friends of the Environment” award from the Earth Day Omaha Coalition.

We hope you can join us.

Andrew Baruth, Assistant Professor in Creighton University’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics / Energy Technology Program

Old landfill eyed as solar farm

Creighton University students, from left, Jon Lundin, Anton Yanchilin, Parker Revier and Sam Rosol are conducting energy audits, including running tests for solar panels, at local schools as part of their capstone project. Photo: Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald

Creighton University students, from left, Jon Lundin, Anton Yanchilin, Parker Revier and Sam Rosol are conducting energy audits, including running tests for solar panels, at local schools as part of their capstone project. Photo: Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald

By Eugene Curtin, Associate Editor, Bellevue Leader / Posted on Omaha.Com

Creighton University wants to assess the possibility of building a solar energy farm on the old Sarpy County Landfill along Cedar Island Road . . . Larry Hopp, director of Creighton’s Energy Technology Program, and Andrew Baruth, Creighton professor of physics, won the Sarpy County Board’s support Dec. 15 for an effort to study the costs and obstacles associated with building a solar farm on the site. The study would be performed by students enrolled in Creighton’s Energy Technology Program and would represent the culminating task of their course of study.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
For capstone class, Creighton students analyze energy efficiency of Omaha Archdiocese schools, by Alia Conley, World-Herald staff writer

Powerful Outreach: Creighton’s energy technology students get real-world experience while helping nonprofits with alternative energy solutions, by Eugene Curtin, Creighton Magazine

Siena-Francis Solar Photovoltaic Installation: A Collaboration of the Omaha Public Power District, Nebraskans for Solar and Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program, by Anton G. Yanchilin / Edited by Dr. Andrew G. Baruth