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CMUThink Chicago: It Can Be Easy Being Green: Home
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Developing solutions to create sustainable, healthy and energy efficient schools, office buildings, cities and public spaces
Erica Cochran Hameen is an assistant professor and UDream Program director. She has more than 20 years of experience developing technical design solutions to create sustainable, healthy and energy efficient commercial buildings. She’s led multiple projects focused on modeling tools, solutions to streamline whole building energy data access, energy efficiency policy, strategies to increase market uptake of DOE tools and solutions, energy and IEQ data analytics and community engagement to enhance energy efficiency awareness.
Erica Cochran Hameen
School of Architecture
Carnegie Mellon University
Erica Cochran, Assistant Professor and UDream Project Director at Carnegie Mellon University, gave a seminar on December 8, 2017, as part of the UC Davis Energy Graduate Group Seminar Series titled "Beyond Energy Efficiency: How Big Data Can Lead to Socially Responsible Design."
Erica Cochran presents Energy Efficiency, Public Policy, and Social Equity Interconnection: The Key to Global Change, an "Andy Talk" during Carnegie Mellon's Energy Week 2016.
Leadership for Green Schools by Lisa A. W. Kensler; Cynthia L. Uline
Publication Date: 2016-09-26
Leadership for Green Schools provides aspiring and practicing leaders with the tools they need to facilitate the design, leadership, and management of greener, more sustainable schools. Framed by theory and research, this text draws from the fields of sustainability science, built learning environment, and educational leadership to explain what green schools look like, what role school buildings play in advancing sustainable organizational and instructional practices, and why school leaders are "greening" their leadership.
It's Not Easy Being Green by Ken Yeang; Tuck Leong (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2017-10-15
It's not Easy Being Green presents the key principles of ecological design and planning in the built and research work of the architect Ken Yeang in an easy to read graphic novel. It’s Not Easy Being Green tells the reader that green architecture is not as simple as many expected. It’s not solely about energy efficiency or putting out different levels of vegetation, but it is an extensive dedication and cautious action towards natural and built environment.
The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (formerly the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub) is working to address the unique and complex challenges of building energy efficiency and to accelerate the Consortium’s national impact in the building retrofit market.
UDream (Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities), an 18-week intensive program offered in the summer and fall at Carnegie Mellon University, gives minority students a hands-on approach to urban design with a goal of keeping them in the city.
How air pollution changes the atmosphere’s chemistry, clouds and climate.
Ryan Sullivan is an associate professor of chemistry and mechanical engineering, a faculty member in the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies and the deputy director of CMU’s Institute for Green Science. He investigates the chemical evolution of environmental pollutants and their impacts on humans, the environment and climate. He focuses on chemical reactions that transform atmospheric particulate matter and the poorly understood role that aerosol particles play in nucleating ice crystals, causing clouds to glaciate and precipitate. Combining approaches from environmental and analytical chemistry with fluid mechanics to design new single-particle analysis instruments allows him to study how individual particles evolve, interact with and impact the environment.
Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Ryan Sullivan: Understanding Climate Change Through Clouds
By understanding the properties of individual water particles in the clouds, explains Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry, Ryan Sullivan, we can better predict the onset of severe storms, floods, and droughts—and even human-influenced climate change.
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics by John H. Seinfeld; Spyros N. Pandis
Publication Date: 2016-03-29
This classic textbook provides a rigorous and comprehensive treatment of the chemistry and physics of the atmosphere – including the chemistry of the stratosphere and troposphere, aerosol physics and chemistry, atmospheric new particle formation, physical meteorology, cloud physics, global climate, statistical analysis of data, and mathematical chemical/transport models of the atmosphere. Each of these topics is covered in detail and in each area the central results are developed from first principles. In this way the reader gains a significant understanding of the science underlying atmospheric processes and will be able to extend theories and results to solving real world problems.
Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate by David A. Randall
Publication Date: 2012-05-06
The atmosphere is critical to climate change. It can amplify shifts in the climate system, and also mitigate them. This primer offers a short, reader-friendly introduction to these atmospheric processes and how they work, written by a leading expert on the subject. Giving readers an overview of key atmospheric processes, David Randall looks at how our climate system receives energy from the sun and sheds it by emitting infrared radiation back into space. The atmosphere regulates these radiative energy flows and transports energy through weather systems such as thunderstorms, monsoons, hurricanes, and winter storms. Randall explains how these processes work, and also how precipitation, cloud formation, and other phase changes of water strongly influence weather and climate.
The CAPS strives to be world leaders in science, engineering and policy covering the full role of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. Their goal in research is to substantially advance the state of knowledge across this spectrum and both to provide policy-relevant research and to participate directly and actively in the evolution of environmental policy related to particulate matter.