Announcing the 2015 Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition

The California Sustainability Alliance is pleased to announce a partnership with the Cal Poly Pomona architecture department. The Alliance will sponsor a green building competition within the 2015 spring semester architecture studio. Students who participate in this competition will be asked to consider holistic sustainability at the deepest level, specifically in relation to the following question:

How do you move beyond sustainable design to design strategies that ensure sustainable operation?

Through the competition, students are asked to consider tenants of sustainability at the deepest levels, including zero net energy, zero net water and waste reduction. Students who participate in the competition, must first meet all of the studio requirements set out by their professors, then they must consider the opportunities for the deepest levels of sustainability in all areas. The Cal Poly professors will select two finalists from each studio class during the standard studio review. 

The finalists will be asked to present their designs to a group of green building professionals on Friday, June 5th during a reception on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. The student with the winning design will receive a $1,500 award and the student with the second place design will receive a $500 award. All finalists' submissions will be featured on the Alliance website. 

For more information on the 2015 Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition, check back on this blog between now and June. In the coming weeks, you will find more competition documents and guidelines, updates on student work and resources that may be used in the development of competition submissions.