UC Community Converges in the Name of Green Building

By Liz Roswell

As the quarter jolts onward, so does our Green Building team. In order to attack the extensive task of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifying all the residential buildings on campus, we are dividing the team into subgroups each focusing on a requirement of the certification. Group leader, Danh Lai, will be working on indoor air and green cleaning. Group leader Claire Hirashiki and I will be working on the site purchasing and waste record portion, while members Justin Brandt and Alexandra Stream will be focusing on energy and water. Each group will begin by researching their respective topic in great detail, which we have already began with countless articles and studies. Once we all fully understand our individual tasks ahead, we will be able to begin collecting our own data and formulating specific plans for the Hill.

Danh Lai, Justin Brandt, Claire Hirashiki and stakeholder Todd Lynch speaking with UC Davis via conference call

Danh Lai, Justin Brandt, Claire Hirashiki and stakeholder Todd Lynch speaking with UC Davis via conference call

This week, we actually had the exciting opportunity to have a Google Hangout (video conference call) with the veterans of green buildings, UC Davis! After some minor technical difficulties, our team, along with our stakeholder Todd Lynch, was able to have all our questions answered and concerns addressed. Since they have more LEED certified buildings than any other UC campus, they were able to give us a multitude of useful suggestions ranging from logistics to data gathering. The enthusiastic volunteers they had on hand for their many projects gave us optimism for both the future of our project and the campus as a whole.

Talking to UC Davis not only gave us helpful information but also confirmed the rising student zeal in green building! Our team, armed with the advice and support of UC Davis and a more tapered focus, is even more ready to charge at our objective.