Path to Carbon Neutrality: Swarthmore College Dining and Community Commons

The landmark Sharples Dining Hall has played a significant role in shaping the Swarthmore student experience since 1964. The beloved facility became too small to comfortably house the growing student body and institution leadership wanted a solution that reflects the College’s student life and food service values. Aiming to be a global leader in sustainability, Swarthmore College capitalized on the opportunity to reinvent dining on campus through expanded food service options and operations.

Swarthmore College defined Living Building Challenge standards as the driver of sustainability features in the building. The institution's sustainable framework aspires for the campus to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. In support of these goals, DLR Group and Swarthmore College designed a multi-platform dining venue that uses all electric equipment and on-site renewable energy.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • Swarthmore College’s approach to carbon neutrality and the necessary steps to achieve this goal
  • How the College’s culture of food, wellness, and sustainability influenced the design
  • The engagement process that captured student voices and defined sustainability goals for the project

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 11 AM Pacific / 1 PM Central / 2 PM Eastern
Duration: 1 hour

Attendees will have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!*


Cory Clippinger, AIA, Architect at DLR Group

Cory ClippingerCory Clippinger, AIA, brings a focused energy that generates innovative ideas, translates facility development strategies, and provides attention to detail to every project he's involved in. His experience with direct client engagement enhances the design team’s ability to tailor planning and design solutions that enrich the user experience.

Susan Smythe, ADA Program Manager and a Senior Project Manager at Swarthmore College

Susan SmytheSusan Smythe is the ADA Program Manager and a Senior Project Manager at Swarthmore College, where her primary responsibilities included developing and managing all barrier removal projects to meet the terms of the College's 2007 Settlement Agreement with the US Department of Justice.

A special thanks to our sponsor Southern Aluminum for providing this free event.

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