Engineering and Design Institute Receives Leadership Award from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council

robandchris1.jpgThe Engineering and Design Institute was presented with the 2007 Board of Directors Leadership Award Oct. 18 by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.

“We are very pleased to receive this leadership award,” said Rob Fleming, associate professor of architecture and co-director of the Engineering and Design Institute.  “In today’s world, a clean environment, energy-efficient technology and sustainable materials are all becoming essential ingredients in an increasingly green world.”

The Institute, established in 2000, focuses on the development of innovative green building materials, assists with the design of sustainable buildings and provides community outreach and educational programs for students and those in the building field. 

Kathleen McGinty, secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, and several hundred guests from the green design and development community were on hand for the award presentation at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles.  The event by the Green Building Council was the fifth annual celebration of green building in the region.

“This award is a wonderful affirmation of the important and innovative work that is being done at the Engineering and Design Institute,” said Vini Nathan, interim dean of the School of Architecture.  “This is one of most topical issues today, and the Institute has emerged as a leader in sustainable design and building, as well as in educating the next generation of designers to be environmentally savvy.” 

Last year, the Institute was awarded a grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development to establish the Green Growth Partnership, and Fleming and Pastore were instrumental in setting up the regional Consortium for Sustainable Design and Research.  And, through the Green Advantage Training Program, EDI has educated hundreds of building professionals in working on green building projects. 

“It’s gratifying to see the Delaware Valley Green Building Council encourage education about sustainability at the university level, where we are training the next generation of architects as well as those currently working in the design and construction fields,” said Chris Pastore, professor of engineering and co-director of EDI.

At Philadelphia University, aspects of sustainability have been incorporated into undergraduate programs across several majors.  The architecture program was one of the first in the U.S. to require students to take courses in sustainability and this fall a new M.S. in Sustainable Design was established.

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