Poster: Placemaking in Federal Campuses Using Sustainability Strategies

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You'll learn about:

  • The development planning and placemaking of federal facilities and campuses
  • Tools for the diagnosing, prioritizing, and monitoring interventions on federal campuses to make them more competitive 
  • The potential of government facilities and research campuses to apply sustainablity strategies 

Federal facilities and campuses represent an important expense of the federal budget due to the costs of maintenance, energy, and water consumption. At the same time, the United States is working towards a clean-energy economy that promotes a sustainable future. The development, planning, and revitalization of federal sites and facilities represent a great opportunity to not only lead by example—reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and energy consumption—but also increase efficiency, incorporate innovative strategies, and establish a new way of life to protect our planet for future generations and to adapt to climate-change impacts.

Some federal campuses and sites were built more than 40 years ago, and even those in good condition are starting to look inefficient compared to current standards and less attractive to later generations, answering less and less to the needs of our times and looking a bit obsolete when compared to their peers in the private sector.

Today, the characteristics of workplace are totally different, and the lifestyle of the workforce demands that developers and planners focus more on placemaking and urban design, environmental quality, and opportunities for economic growth and professional interchange. As a consequence, more and more federal agencies are paying attention to improving their facilities and campuses, recognizing the potential influence that their development has on the successful attraction of human capital as well as the fulfillment of sustainability goals.

The increasing importance of sustainable development—and the pressure imposed by accelerated changes in the economy, society, and the environment—make imperative research on new, more efficient development, as well as tools to prioritize and monitor the improvements on them. This poster presents research on sustainability practices that can help make federal sites more attractive to the talented workforce our government needs.


Dulce Naime , Washington , DC (see bio)
Sujung Lee , Arlington , VA (see bio)