Sustainability Symposium Friday Tours
The symposium will wrap up with a variety of tours that highlight sustainability in and around our Moscow community. Local experts will educate groups with first-hand demonstrations and interactive sessions. Opportunities range from a full-day seminar on neighborhood design to multiple site tours on UI’s beautiful Moscow campus. These unique sessions are sure to excite the senses and ignite your curiosity. Tours will have multiple sessions and last 45-90 minutes, unless noted otherwise.
Jane’s Walk of Moscow
D Nels Reese, UI Architecture
A ‘Jane’s Walk’ celebrates the ideas and legacy of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by getting people to explore their neighborhoods and meet their neighbors. They highlight the importance of community architecture, culture and history, emphasizing walkable neighborhoods, urban literacy and cities that are planned for people, by people. Join us for an eye-opening, interactive walk around downtown Moscow, ID.
UI Student Union Building Green Roof Tour
Mark Miller, UI Commons Associate Director of Operations
This tour will cover the installation and planting of a 1650 square foot green roof on the UI Student Union Building. The site demonstrates one way in which conventional rooftops can be converted to natural, environmentally friendly areas that decrease urban heat island effect and reduce storm water runoff, among other benefits.
Wood-fired Boiler at the Central Heating Steam Plant
Mike Lyngholm, UI Steam Plant Manager
This tour provides a quick walk around the UI steam plant, including the wood fired boiler. The walk is followed by an informational talk on the benefits and problems of burning biomass, with time for Q&A. The wood boiler has been the main heating source for UI since the mid-1980s, supplying 90% of campus heating needs and saving the university approximately $2M per year in fuel costs.
Paradise Creek Walk to Wetlands
Chris Dixon, UI Environmental Science
Participants will meet for a walk along Paradise Path north of campus. The tour will include a discussion and tour of the Paradise Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project completed in Fall 2010, which involved creek rechanneling, a new riparian buffer, and improvements to habitat and aesthetics of the creek. The group will also visit the Stateline Wetland Revitalization Project, a campus and community collaboration to restore wetland habitat and develop an environmental education site for public enjoyment.
UI Dairy Tour: Got Milk?
*ONE TOUR ONLY!
Josh Peak, UI Dairy Manager
Join us for a tour of the UI Dairy and learn about the proposed Local Milk project. Participants will get a first-hand account of the Dairy’s current function and potential for expansion. Be sure to wear mud boots or hiking boots for this mucky romp through local food system infrastructure.
Learn Your Bioregion *ALL MORNING - Tour will start out in TLC 147 at 9 a.m.
Morgan Bessaw and Lisa Marshall, UI Bioregional Planning & Community Design Students
This presentation and tour will explore components of the Moscow/Palouse bioregion - sources of water and food, waste processing systems, local economic factors, etc. - to help participants understand why bioregional planning is important. The tour will include various organizations within the community.
A New Sustainable Neighborhood for Town & Gown @ 1912 Center *ALL DAY
Wendy McClure UI Architecture and Randal Arendt, National Lands Trust
Randall Arendt will speak about key concepts presented in his new book Envisioning Better Communities and apply them to design and planning of campus communities. Randall Arendt, Wendy McClure, Bill Belknap (Moscow Community Development Planner) and Professor Emeritus (and former campus planner) Nels Reese will lead interdisciplinary teams of workshop participants who will envision a new neighborhood for “Legacy Crossing”, a brownfield site, which includes Paradise Creek, within the Moscow Urban Renewal Agency’s (URA) overlay district. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to impact a real project that has been identified as priority by the City of Moscow and the Urban Renewal Agency.