The last LEED Interest Circle meeting was a great gathering. We talked about some of the more unique case studies from 2010, and heard from Ryan Kincaid from Kincaid Henry Builder Group who discussed the joining of LEED EB interests and our existing LEED NC group in the new year.
The consensus is that LEED EB provides an accessible form of sustainability that can apply to most projects and will be the future for operating standards in Lansing. Seeing as 90% of the structures that will be standing in 2050 are already built now, the key to true sustainability is altering our current procedures and policies to be more environmentally responsible. The effect is outstanding - businesses who have undertaken LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance have saved tremendous amounts of money and noticed a statistical difference in employee productivity and satisfaction. The facts are there - now we wait for the rest of the construction world to catch up. For instance, St. James Square in Boston is projected to save over $63,000 a year with a LEED EB Gold certification. To see the case study, click here.
I'm looking forward to a new year full of educating business owners and tenants on the importance of forming more sustainable habits. Economically speaking, it might be the key to saving Lansing.
In other news, I am now in charge of the social media with regards to the West Michigan USGBC chapter (to which the Heart Of Michigan Branch in Lansing belongs). Follow us now on Twitter.
See you next year...have a safe and happy holiday.
Jennifer Allen, LEED AP ID+C