Center for Integrated Design


Campus Illumination: A Roadmap To Sustainable Exterior Lighting at the University of Washington Seattle Campus


An interdisciplinary team led by CBE M.LA student Kelly Douglas with support from the Integrated Design Lab and the Office of the University Architect developed the Campus Illumination roadmap, which establishes a guiding vision for exterior lighting on the University of Washington Seattle Campus (UW). The roadmap approach envisions a dramatic decrease in outdoor lighting energy consumption on campus while supporting a comprehensive understanding of sustainability that encompasses the human experience, ecological impact, maintainability and energy efficiency.

The document works in tandem with existing landscape planning collateral to ensure that lighting is implemented with an overarching vision as the campus transitions to more efficient lighting technology. Lighting recommendations align with the Campus Landscape Framework to identify strategies for specific campus space typologies. In response to extensive fieldwork and feedback from the campus community, the roadmap articulates recommendations for how these spaces can transition and relate to each other in order to enhance the legibility and navigability of the nighttime campus.

This document can be used as a reference to inform retrofitting and replacement efforts of Campus Engineering to coordinate the lighting design of new campus development, and as an educational tool for the wider campus community.

The project was funded through a competitive grant process by the Campus Sustainability Fund and was also supported by the Office of the Campus Architect, the Office of Planning and Management and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA).

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