The 2013-14 academic year is kicking off down at the central UA campus but things out here at Biosphere 2 don’t ever stop, not even in 110 degree heat.
This August marks four years for me developing sustainability research. And now, more than ever, I’m coordinating its interpretation as well. It’s cliche, I know, but research without interpretation is a like the old “tree falling in the woods” thought experiment. And we’re serving the public here…
Four short years ago, when the UA acquired the property, sustainability wasn’t even on B2’s radar. There’s an assumption that it was because of the building’s original mission. But sustainability today is an interdisciplinary school of thought driving innovation and building mechanics in an entirely new paradigm verses anything that existed in the early 90s. And B2, despite its age, is embracing the new paradigm like a laboratory built to do just that.