Future Recommendations for a Sustainable Dominican

Overall recommendations the tippets Spring 2002


Sustainability Yurt: Structure



Reuse Center Yurt: Function

Student Generated Ideas for Sustainability Center - Rough Draft

Compiled by Joanne Tippett from the Biology 40/140 Fall '99 class

Overall Sustainability Objectives


"Apart from the physical parts of our sustainability center (vineyard, greenhouse, hiking trails, research centers, main buildings, other sustainable technology and assets) we will educate the public on WHY a sustainability center is necessary. From first hand experience, I can say that I knew nothing about sustainability before I took this class. I am willing to predict that most people are in the same shoes I was."


"I think that the main goals of any sustainability center built at Dominican should be preservation of the environment and interaction of the community within a spread of ecological understanding. Most people don't really care about the environment not because they are evil, but because they are so removed from it in their everyday lives, that the environment never really enters into anyone's mind. If we had a sustainability center that people and students worked and studied in, these people's understanding about environmental concerns would be greatly expanded. If students taking science classes actually get to apply the things they are learning and see first hand what has been described to them in class, their overall understanding will go up, and they will get more into the class."


"Most important to us for the center was to have a home for environmental science majors."


"I think that if the entire center is not sustainable, then the purpose of the center is defeated"


       Balance of flows - an ecological balance that cycles waste to create energy or put it back into the system or cycle - showing sustainability in practice



         Information from research projects and about the interconnections of the design displayed in education exhibits in sustainability center

         Nature interpretation - nature center with exhibits

         Library and info about sustainability

         Research center and labs

         Environmental Science Major classrooms and center

         One-credit classes on 'green practices'

         Teacher training program

         Research into medicinal plants and health

         Cancer research center





         Social spaces for students and community

                   Theater for performance

                   Picnic area

                   Chapel/meditation space

                   Camp site and cultural programs

                   Nature trail that is part of a fitness center - bikes for rent, walking and running

                   Good areas for children - educational and fun

         Day care center

         Eco-student dorms (mainly for Environmental Science students and work study students)

         Student clubs, student interns, work for credit

         Equity - education for poorer population of Marin about efficient energy and resource use - including home visits with evaluation and advise, assistance in setting up food gardens

         Community information - e.g. sustainable local businesses

         Community planning and decision making structures facilitated

         First aid and emergency help

         Extending nursing services and health resources throughout the North Bay



         Stream restoration and native re-vegetating

         Biology and Environmental Science experiments - monitoring water flow, vegetation, wildlife

         Learning how to deal with Eucalyptus and non-natives and monitoring changes on the site as vegetation is changed.

         Agricultural production - compost, medicinal herbs (linked to health research), bees, orchard, native plants


         Agro-forestry demos - gradations of use - hill farming, low maintenance crops, different uses of plants

         Research into interactions between pigs and chickens and the land, use of animals to recycle food from campus facilities

         Sustainable fish production, and interactions with constructed wetlands

         Integrated pest management for the entire campus

         Greenhouse, demo of water use and different plants

         Vegetable gardens

         Solar fountain - central piece of vegetable gardens, educational paths and trails well signposted with educational materials

         Reusing gray water from Calurega and/or dorms on campus - pumped to an ecological filter and used for agricultural purposes

         Ponds - wetlands and gray water filtration

Resources & Technology


         Rainwater harvesting

         Recycling center to provide materials for construction, arts and industrial design projects

         Incentives to reduce car transport - free admission for those who arrive by bicycle or public transit, bike rentals, sustainability center/campus tricycles or smart card available bikes

         Variety of toilet types

         Alternative energy generation - windmills, solar panels, daylighting

         Super efficient buildings