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Spreading the Gospel of Green
Green mission: The CTGBC is an efficiently run non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Connecticut through the promotion of intelligently designed and constructed high performance energy efficient buildings.
“The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, system was created so that there would be a standard for the term ‘green building’,” says Judy Swann, executive director of CTGBC, which was founded in 2002 by a coalition of state government, architects and engineers who wanted to promote green building in Connecticut. In 2007, the Connecticut organization became a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Our chapter has grown tremendously,” Swann adds. “What we are primarily focusing on now is education.”
Swann notes that the aim of her group’s education outreach is to make people familiar with what LEED design encompasses and to also develop accredited professionals to work in the field. She says that CTGBC’s workshops offer professional development and programs aimed at people who are interested in green building but aren’t necessarily working as professionals in the field.
“We also have outreach programs for the Connecticut community in general, informing them about green building and what steps they might take to help promote the concept in their schools, workplace, homes and on their campuses,” adds Swann. “These programs help to attract a wider audience to learn about our mission.” She says that the CTGBC’s speakers bureau, comprising the organization’s members, have signed on and are willing to go to business and civic groups to talk about green building and how it may be applied in the larger community.
“Based on legislation passed in 2010, all buildings greater than 5,000 square feet, costing over $4 million who accept state or federal funding must be built to LEED silver specifications or comparable standards,” Swann says. She explains that LEED gold and platinum are the two higher industry standards, while a building that is simply LEED certified is the lowest standard. “This includes public schools, libraries, municipal projects and state projects,” she says.
“They are a great resource for us in terms of the products, services and systems out there for green technology,” says Daniel Caron, vice president of site operations and engineering at Alexion Pharmaceuticals of Cheshire. Alexion has 1,738 solar panels on its roof for cogenerating electricity and recirculating the heat that is a by-product of that cogeneration for use in their facility.
“A lot of our staff take courses and training in different subjects from the council,” says Caron. “They get the word out about different green projects going on throughout the state and acknowledge those efforts with awards and recognitions. They help generate interest throughout the business community that may not be in touch with different greening projects.”
— Thomas R. Violante
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