By Danh Lai
As midterms and paper deadlines rolled in this week, so did the documentation we need for LEED certification eligibility. Each member of our team has been tediously digging through files upon files corresponding to their area of concentration in order to thoroughly secure enough points for the coveted U.S. Green Building Council‘s (USGBC) LEED Silver certification. Luckily for our team, the council has provided pseudo-application forms for easy interpretation, so we spent the last week scanning the forms to understand where we stand in terms of progress with the project. We were humbled when we discovered that the Green Buildings Team has barely scratched the surface.
To keep organized and maintain the sanity of our team, we utilized Google spreadsheets to compile a list of documents and scraps of information we need for each group of certification credits. The spreadsheet was sent to our stakeholder, Todd Lynch. During the latest of our weekly meetings with Todd, we were able to troubleshoot any technical issues we dealt with on the USGBC website including ambiguity of credit categories, and we discussed documents of priority. We expect to start the application process by next week.
The accessibility of these documents varies, so we receive them on a rolling basis and keep Todd updated via the live Google document. At this point, we just have to be patient with the incoming materials and fill in the forms as they come. With the nature of the work, we decided that it was unnecessary to meet until next week when there will be much more to discuss.
Fun fact: Todd Lynch is not only Principal Project Planner of Capital Programs, but also the advisor for the UCLA chapter of the USGBC. We believe in the benefits of interconnectivity between student groups that pursue common goals, so we have proposed the idea of collaborating with fellow LEED enthusiasts, the USGBC UCLA chapter. This idea is still under development, but bursting with potential, so stay tuned!