Hurtado, P. (2018). From Sustainable Cities to Sustainable People – Making Behaviour Change towards Sustainability a Priority in Urban Planning Processes

Abstract: For many years, cities across the globe have developed sustainability strategies, trying to combat environmental pollution and its effects on climate change, health, and quality of life. Even though most of them are following similar strategies, not every city is successful. The discussion about urban sustainability mainly focuses on technical solutions such as public transportation systems, green buildings, and the use of renewable...

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Everett, G. & Lamond, J. (2018). Green roofs: Perceptions in the Newcastle, UK CBD

Abstract: This paper explores perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of green roofs for commercial real estate building owners/occupiers in a UK city, and considers how these might affect the chances of their adoption.  Two sets of semi-structured interviews were conducted with purposively-selected respondents, ten with and twenty-five without green roofs, to compare and contrast differing perspectives. A grounded theory approach was...

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Shealy, T., Johnson, E., Weber, E., Klotz, L., Applegate, S., Ismael, D., Bell, R. G. (2018). Providing descriptive norms during engineering design can encourage more sustainable infrastructure

Abstract: Engineering design decisions can produce more sustainable civil infrastructure systems, but cognitive barriers to innovative thinking often inhibit such outcomes. Existing research shows how descriptive norms that provide decision-makers with information about how others decide in a given context, can encourage more sustainable choices among users. Research described in this article shows that descriptive norms can encourage more...

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McCullough, M. B., Martin, M. D., Sajady, M. A. (ND). Implementing Green Walls in Schools

Abstract: Numerous studies in applied pedagogical design have shown that, at all educational levels, direct exposure to the natural environment can enhance learning by improving student attention and behaviors. Implementing green walls—a “vertical garden”, or “living wall” interior wall that typically includes greenery, a growing medium (soil or substrate) and a water delivery system—provides environmental health benefits,...

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Fonseca, P., Moura, P., Jorge, H., Almeida, A. (2018). Sustainability in university campus: options for achieving nearly zero energy goals

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to design a renovation plan for a university campus building (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) with the aim to achieve nearly zero energy performance, ensuring a low specific demand (lower than 44 kWh/m2) and a high level of on-site renewable generation (equivalent to more than 20 per cent of the energy demand). The baseline demand was characterized based on energy audits, on smart...

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