Background: The Sustainability Map project received a 2011 TGIF grant to create an interactive web-based campus sustainability map for UC Berkeley. This project began as a class project in the Building Sustainability @ Cal service learning class, but has evolved into an independent initiative that could greatly increase the knowledge about and utilization of the many diverse aspects of sustainability on campus. The project’s purpose is to bring together the disaggregated information about the many diverse aspects of sustainability on campus into one user-friendly, interactive map that will allow users to view the location of, and information about, those sustainability features. Such information is currently dispersed across many different websites, making a comprehensive picture of the many different aspects of sustainability on campus difficult to obtain. This resource would compile that information into a centralized resource, presenting a holistic picture of campus sustainability.
Goals: Gather information about UC Berkeley’s campus sustainability efforts and compile them into one user-friendly interactive map that will allow viewers to click on the features and see both the campus locations and feature description. Publish the map on a UC Berkeley web page that will allow viewers to turn on and off different “layers” of the map. Record internet traffic of the map. Continue to update the map as UC Berkeley expands its sustainability efforts.
Click here to view the UC Berkeley Sustainability Map! Click on and off the different layers to see features such as bike racks, composting, and green buildings!
This project primarily addresses the issues of education and accessibility. As a centralized resource that describes many different aspects of campus sustainability, it will educate people about the wide variety of ways in which sustainability is embodied on campus, opening their eyes to the campus’ holistic approach. In becoming more educated about sustainability on campus, people will become more likely to engage with the opportunities to act sustainably. For example, the map may reveal to somebody that bike racks exist right by their class, influencing them to bike, rather than to drive.
Furthermore, the map will have a strong demonstrative value that reveals the campus’ deep commitment to sustainability. When a campus invests in resources related to sustainability, it illustrates that sustainability is a priority, developing the campus’ reputation as a leader in that field, and attracting people and students who want to be a part of that mission. As an informative map revealing the wide variety of sustainable features on campus, the map will not only educate people about campus sustainability, thus increasing their likelihood of engaging with the opportunities for sustainability, but also demonstrate the university’s commitment to making the most of its sustainable infrastructure and initiatives.