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Establishing Green Building Insitute in a School of Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Green Renewable Energy and Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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22.638.1 - 22.638.8



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Amitabha Bandyopadhyay State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is the Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture and Construction Management at Farmingdale State College, SUNY. He developed and implemented the new four-year program in Construction Management and the new B.S. program in Architectural Technology at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Bandyopadhyay has been appointed by ABET as the Commissioner to the Technology Accreditation Commission. Dr. Bandyopadhyay’ primary research field is construction engineering and management. He served in the Word Trade Center recovery efforts with other structural engineers, to collect and document burned structural elements used for Forensic Engineers to determine the causes of structural failures.

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Establishing Green Building Institute in a School of Engineering Technology ---------- State College (FSC) of the State University of --------, in partnership withEastern Suffolk BOCES (ESB) and LI Works Coalition (LI Works), intended to advanceenvironmental responsibility and sustainability on Long Island by establishing a Green BuildingInstitute (GBI). The primary function of the GBI at FSC is to assist educators to create andimplement new curricula and learning experiences designed to educate and produce a workforcethat will be available for employment in green industries, construction trades, and relatedenterprises. The educators who collaborated in this project are university faculty from FSC,Educational Opportunity Center instructors, adult and secondary technical instructors from ESB,and High School instructors through LI Works Green Career Academies. The college decided toestablish the institute within the school of engineering technology As a public college of applied science and technology founded in 1912, FSC enrolls6,800 undergraduate students in Schools of Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Arts andSciences, and Business. FSC boasts faculty expertise and other resources that will be dedicatedto leading the GBI. FSC also hosts the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center that offersfree GED and vocational training for educationally and economically underserved adult learners. Eastern Suffolk BOCES is an educational cooperative of 51 Long Island school districtsthat provides career and technical education for secondary students and adults. The curriculumprepares students for entry-level employment or for higher education in vocational fields. The Long Island Works Coalition is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1999 for thepurpose of establishing partnerships between employers and the educational community so as toprepare students for the 21st century workforce needed on Long Island. Currently, LI Workspartners with three high schools that feature small learning communities or “Career Academies”that have an environmental focus: Bridgehampton High School’s Green Career Academy,Central Islip High School’s Green Technology Academy, and East Islip High School’sEnvironmental Green Academy. The university, high school, GED, and vocational faculty involved in this project willnecessarily partner with, and serve, stakeholders on Long Island that play vital roles in thecreation of green jobs and industries. Such stakeholders include representatives from thefollowing sectors: industry, architects, builders, utility companies, landscape architects, tradeunions, municipalities, urban planners, research labs, as well as other universities and nongovernment organization’s including the U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter. Thepaper examine the process to establishing the center and its impact on the students and faculty ofthe school of engineering technology.

Bandyopadhyay, A. (2011, June), Establishing Green Building Insitute in a School of Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17919

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