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Sustainable Community Design

Author: Loretta McKinniss
Event Date: October 22, 2009
Speaker: Hongxi Yin,Assistant Professor
Speaker Affiliation: Purdue University
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Location: FRNY B124
Open To: Faculty, Students and Staff


The sustainable community design encourages the development of healthy, active, and efficient neighborhoods. It emphasizes the creation of compact, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to nearby communities.
Sustainable community design reduces:
·         the impacts of urban sprawl, or unplanned, uncontrolled spreading of urban development
·         vehicle trips and miles traveled and the risk of obesity, heart disease, and hypertension by encouraging daily physical activity associated with walking and bicycling
·         the impacts to natural water resources, and reduces burdens on community water supply and wastewater systems
·         the adverse environmental impacts of extracting and processing virgin materials by using recycled and reclaimed materials, and the volume of waste deposited in landfills and incinerators
Sustainable community design encourages:
·         the design and construction of energy efficient buildings that reduce air, water, and land pollution and adverse environmental impacts from energy production and consumption
·         the development of energy-efficient neighborhoods by employing district heating and cooling strategies
·         on-site renewable energy production to reduce the adverse environmental and economic impacts associated with fossil fuel energy production and use
·         community-based food production, improve nutrition through increased access to fresh produce
·         biodiversity preservation of small farms producing a wide variety of crops
Presenter Background
Dr. Hongxi Yin is a visiting assistant professor of Engineering Education and Civil Engineering at Purdue. He is an architect and a mechanical engineer in training. He is a LEED AP (accredited professions) and recently became a LEED Faculty TM, the first and only licensed sustainable building and community educator located in the State of Indiana. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. degree in building performance and diagnostics.