Elizabeth was a Research Assistant for the Salovich Zero Plus Campus Design Project at the University of Minnesota from 2010-2011. The project explored the potential for the Campus to become net-positive in terms of energy and water consumption and serve as a living lab for students, faculty, and researchers. The core team included Landscape Architects, Architects, and Capital Planning and Project Management staff.
Working with this interdisciplinary team, Elizabeth developed and taught place-based curriculum, led large design charrette workshops, and presented about the project at regional and national conferences. Students in these courses and charrettes worked to design net-positive buildings and landscapes across campus. This experience led her to focus her career on sustainability in higher education at the scales of classroom, architecture, and campus planning.
Elizabeth developed this diagram to explain how elements of building performance are impacted by landscape and environmental factors which should be integrated into modeling. The research team worked on tools that more fully approximated environmental factors than current modeling programs.