Western recognized for 'green' efforts

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By Paul Mayne
Friday, June 11, 2010
The University of Western Ontario swept this year's Urban League of London's annual Green Brick and Green Umbrella Awards.
 
The Green Umbrella Award is given to individuals who demonstrate strong citizenship in our community while the Green Brick Award is given to recognize developments that incorporate community input during both the planning and development stages of a project. The awards were presented June 10 at the Urban League of London’s annual general meeting at Grosvenor Lodge.
 
Civil & Environmental Engineering professor Denis O'Carroll, Director of Facilities Engineering George Qubty, Faculty of Engineering Dean Andrew Hrymak and Associate Vice-President of Physical Plant and Capital Plannning Roy Langille accept the Urban League of London's Green Brick Award honouring the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion.
 
Jane Bowles, Adjunct Professor in Biology and Geography was recognized with the Green Umbrella Award for being incredibly active in countless ecological conservation efforts in the region for well over 25 years. 
 
In addition to her extensive volunteer work with the City of London’s Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee and the Thames Talbot Land Trust, Bowles inventories of regional species-at-risk have been one of the authoritative references for land-use planning in southwestern Ontario. 
 
The Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion was given the nod for Green Brick Award for incorporating dozens of demonstration and functional sustainability design features. Fourth-year civil and environmental engineering students developed preliminary designs for the new building. As well, fourth-year students from each discipline created ideas for specific sustainable or renewable features within the building. The goal of this project was to have a building ‘designed by students for students.’
 
The pavilion is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building on Western’s campus. The Pavilion’s ‘green’ features include a roof top of grasses and local plants which control rain runoff and reduce the heat island effect; panels of photovoltaic solar cells and a demonstration wind turbine used to generate energy for corridor lighting within the building; and a cistern to gather rain runoff to be used in the toilets and urinals.
 
“It’s very important that we, as Londoners, take the time to recognize the gems of good citizenship that help make our City such a great place to live”, says Stephen Turner, Chair of The Urban League. “It’s through their efforts that others are inspired to take up the cause of enhancing our community.”
 
The Urban League of London was founded in 1969 to act as an umbrella group to the city’s neighbourhood and community associations. Its objective is to enhance the quality of life in London by encouraging citizen participation in community and civic affairs and by promoting, facilitating and initiating innovative projects that contribute to the community's well being.

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