Sustainable and Cool: University of Arizona’s Impressive Infrastructure

The earliest sustainable structures in Arizona were built by the Native Americans. The adobe-style buildings kept the insides of buildings cool in the summers. The natives also dug canal systems to irrigate the land, bringing water to their communities. In Arizona, building materials such as adobe and copper are commonly used. Prior to swamp coolers and air conditioning, the climate was the most difficult challenge to desert design. After air conditioning became mainstream in the state, the battle to keep energy

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The Challenge: An Innovative Way to Go Green!

Arizona State University has established a Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund (SIRF) for the purpose of investing in projects that foster and enable sustainability efforts and provide an economic return on investment.  Along with this program, The Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge) was launched simultaneously to encourage other colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self‐managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. Participating institutions will achieve reductions in operating

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