施瓦兹促成了杜兰大学与国际商务机器公司（IBM）的合作，为大学的百年建筑理查德森纪念馆（Richardson Memorial Hall）重新铺设电线，并利用最先进的技术来监测建筑的光、电和能源使用情况。作为建筑专业学生的实体研究设施，该纪念馆使学生们能够利用系统产生的数据，更好地了解传统建筑中能源的使用情况。理查德森纪念馆将被认证为LEED铂金奖，这是能效建筑的最高奖项。
Rebuilding a greener Big Easy
Location: New Orleans, La.
New Orleans has something of a holy trinity, says Kenneth Schwartz, dean of Tulane University's architecture school. He's referring to the three attributes -- great food, great music, and great architecture -- that make up the fundamentals of the city's identity.
Schwartz wants to use architecture as a jumping-off point to launch green initiatives, using Tulane's buildings as an example for the rest of the city. While New Orleans isn't a particularly red city, it has struggled to get the resources needed to rebuild post Katrina.
Schwartz helped seal a partnership between Tulane and IBM that will rewire a century-old building on campus, Richardson Memorial Hall, with cutting-edge technology that can monitor the building's lighting, power, and energy usage. The building will function as a living research facility for architecture students who can use the data generated to learn about energy in old buildings. It's also going to be certified as LEED Platinum, the highest standard of energy efficiency.
The platinum certification, Schwartz says, will be "more than just a plaque on the wall. We're hoping to demonstrate how a historic building can operate as 21st century architecture."
That's a goal that, in Louisiana, isn't split by party lines, Schwartz says. "The public knows and loves the place where they live," and can therefore get behind retrofitting existing buildings -- keeping the building's integrity intact while cutting energy costs.
Schwartz intends to spread this message even further by offering a master's degree in sustainable real estate development at Tulane.