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BSSBE program introduces field trip

November 06, 2012
This past October, Peggy Carr, associate dean and Maruja Torres, IND associate professor and BSSBE affiliate faculty, took 28 students enrolled in Sustainable Solutions in the Built Environment on a tour of sustainable communities in Georgia.

While in Georgia, they visited East Lake Commons and the GAIA CSA gardens; Lake Claire Cohousing and the Lake Claire Land Trust; MARTA’s Lindbergh Station TOD (Transit Oriented Development); The Chattahoochee River conservation area and the Serenbe community and organic farms. These visits allowed students to see first-hand four different sustainable community models and talk with developers and residents as well as visit the urban farms and conservation areas associated to them.

Additionally, students visited the DeKalb farmers market, the High Museum of Art and two LEED platinum buildings: the Interface FLOR showroom and the Perkins+Will headquarters. At Interface FLOR students learned about carpet tile manufacturing, sustainability and founder Ray Anderson’s initiatives to green the carpet industry as well as the development of the Interface sustainable business model. At Perkins+Will, students visited with the corporate sustainability officer of one of the world’s most influential design firms and heard presentations about their sustainable materials initiative as well as the firm’s involvement in the design of UF’s Innovation Square.