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Wong 1 -1 In recent years, issues of sustainability and the conservation of Earth’s limited natural resources has become a pressing concern. Universities across the nation are beginning to take action. In August of 2007, Grist Environmental News and Commentary came out with a list of 15 Green Colleges and Universities that are making the effort to promote ecologically sustainable practices at their schools by pledging carbon neutrality, initiating campus climate campaigns, and educating students to be responsible stewards of their physical environment 1 . As one of the nation’s top public universities, University of California Berkeley is well positioned to take on a leading role toward more sustainable practices. What has our own university done to mitigate its impact on the environment and how can we as students use our educational resources and research to promote awareness for protecting and enhancing the campus environment? Evolution of Planning and Policies: A Brief History The UC Berkeley Campus, spanning across three centuries and conveying prevailing design theories and principles from the last 150 years, is truly a remarkable landscape. The site was originally chosen for its mild climate, almost abundant water supply, and rolling landscape covered with native oak trees, sycamore, and bay trees 2 . Planners took advantage of breathtaking views to the Golden Gate Bridge, and integrated the north and south forks of Strawberry Creek into the classical design of the university as a whole. The late nineteenth century was known as the Classical Phase of campus planning. During these early stages of campus development, Bernard Maybeck (then an instructor in architectural drawing) stated that “the desire of those who have charge of this enterprise [must] treat the grounds and buildings together” 3 . One of the most significant aspects of design in these 1 “15 Green Colleges and Universities” Grist . 10 Aug. 2007. 2 Campus Historic Resources Guide 3 Campus Historic Resources Guide
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Wong 2 early stages of campus development was the integration of the formal and the informal. Next to the formal buildings constructed in a more rigid neo-classical style were, in contrast, the picturesque and park-like plantings that utilized existing and natural growth along the creek 4 . In 1900, the university finally adopted the proposal of Emile Benard as a master plan to aid in the development of future buildings and construction of various departments that were to compose the university 5 . This was a plan that the Regents had hoped would help preserve the cultural landscape as well as the integrity of the university and the guiding principles of design for future generations to come. As the Campus began to expand however, less care was taken to maintain the grounds
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course LA ARCH 130 taught by Professor Stryker during the Spring '08 term at Berkeley.

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