Measuring up: A case for redrawing the system boundaries of sustainability at the University of Kentucky

Brent Sturlaugson, Rebekah Radtke, Anita Lee-Post

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The primary goal of this paper is to examine the role that sustainability assessment and reporting plays in creating a sustainable campus for academic excellence. A prototype sustainability assessment and reporting system is developed for triple bottom line impact analysis of the built environment of the newly expanded and renovated Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. The prototype system utilizes a toolkit to collect environmental, social, and economic data of the building’s built environment for sustainable design performance analyses. The system also employs a comprehensive set of sustainability metrics to measure and report the building’s triple bottom line impacts on academic success. In sum, our study succeeds in (1) expanding the definition and evaluation of campus buildings’ sustainability to include environmental, social, and economic factors, (2) providing campus stakeholders with a toolkit for assessing the sustainability of campus buildings, and (3) creating a comprehensive sustainability metric for benchmarking and tracking campus buildings’ triple bottom line impacts on academic success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-178
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Green Building
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

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Funding Information:
The student success indicator has 13 sub-indicators: undergraduate enrollment, undergraduate degrees awarded, first to second year undergraduate retention rate, percentage of undergraduates with employment after three months of graduation, undergraduate median salary, graduate enrollment, graduate degrees awarded, percentage of full time MBA with employment after 3 months of graduation, full time MBA median salary, learning support, studying support, and innovation support. The faculty success indicator has 12 sub-indicators: student to faculty ratio, teaching quality, teaching awards and recognition, prominent journal publications, research grants submitted, research grants funded, research grants expenditures,

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  • Academic success
  • Sustainability assessment and reporting
  • Sustainability metric
  • Sustainable campus
  • Triple bottom line impacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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