Paula Gonzalez to speak on environment, architecture

Teacher at Mount St. Joseph, environmental advocate, speaks on saving energy through architecture | March 2, 2003

They don't build buildings like they used to. Unfortunately, says Paula Gonzalez, they don't build them like they should, either. Gonzalez, a teacher at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, is an advocate of environmentally friendly buildings and is coming to campus on Monday, March 10, to teach students about the environment and architecture. She is speaking on "University as Citizen: Environmental Justice and Sustainable Architecture." The lecture is at 1:30 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. Gonzalez, who has a Ph.D. in biology, says integrating the design processes can result in "smart buildings" that use only half the energy, prevent pollution, reduce waste and approach zero net water use—at the same or lower cost as conventional building approaches. She’ll also talk about sites where this has already been implemented, including La Casa del Sol (House of the Sun), a 1,500-square-foot, super-insulated, passive solar house where she lives. Using an old chicken coop as a base, this innovative building is a model for recycling used materials. For more information, contact Kathleen Smythe, assistant professor of history, at 513 745-3279 or Ben Urmston, S.J., director of peace and justice programs, at 513 745-3320.