Sustainable?...how about "responsible"
By Sylvie MacKenzie, PMP on May 05, 2012
Written by Guest Blogger Garrett Harley, Product & Industry Market Manager - Engineering & Construction, Oracle
Western, the premier research and education institution in Ontario Canada isn't just a progressive place to expand the minds of tomorrows workforce and innovations, it's mission is far more reaching than that. The physical environment that faculty and students utilize will be some of the greenest infrastructure of any university system on the planet. With LEED Silver targets for all their campus assets, renovation and new construction work will transform Western into a shining symbol of innovative and sustainable infrastructure.
Green building isn't just about driving down operating costs, although economic factors have allowed it to become more popular, it's full measure is a more emotional story. No human-economic endeavor is "sustainable", or more accurately we must place qualifiers against it to define our intentions; "more sustainable", or "less sustainable". A better word applied is "responsibility", and at Western they understand the difference. With faculty and students, a physical environment that looks and operates "responsibly" is an emotional draw to attract those who strive to combine their professional goals, with their sense of moral obligation. Where research and education can become both a refuge in adversity and an ornament in prosperity.
Western has looked for partners in this mission who align and reinforce there passion for responsibility and Oracle is helping them answer that call. Through a complete Engineering and Construction lifecycle solution, Western is using Oracle technology to plan, build and operate their campus infrastructure. Centralizing their project management information, integrating it to their financial system, and creating an environment of shared responsibility where contractors, vendors and suppliers can all contribute toward common goals. Oracle technology is enabling Western to deliver Greener, more responsible infrastructure from the hardware through the software with engineered systems that are built to work together.
Responsibility is the Western way, and at Oracle we hope to see more physical infrastructure adopt Western's thinking, because Green building is just the right thing to do.
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