By Justin Brandt
Already at the halfway point of the quarter, the Green Buildings Team is steadily moving towards its goal of achieving LEED certification for as many buildings at UCLA as possible. Our strategy involves grouping facilities by similar purpose (i.e. dining halls, dormitories, classrooms) and focusing on specific LEED credits of which we can most easily gather information and achieve completion. Furthermore, by working on campus wide credits, we can efficiently apply these points towards all buildings and become closer to a LEED certification threshold.
This week began with a stakeholder meeting where Todd summarized high priority credits that are near completion and require only several more statistics or write-ups to achieve. Furthermore, we established the necessary resources to find this information and developed a system to receive already gathered credit-requirement data so we can begin to fill out the application forms. Each team (energy and water, site purchasing and waste, and green cleaning / air quality) have begun to fill out fifteen different pseudo-applications to determine what additional data we must collect. By next week, we should receive a large number of resources and documentation to begin the credit application process. We were excited this week to receive a large data set from UCLA Housing which provided years of information on green sustainable purchasing and indoor air quality for the dorms. Information such as this is a valuable resource for filling out LEED credit applications.
In addition to information gathering and developing a foundation for LEED credit templates, the Green Buildings Team is finding time to strengthen its own foundation through team dinners! This past Tuesday, the team came together, clad in classy jackets to a classy dinner in Westwood. Of course, we ate most sustainably at Native foods and enjoyed fresh tea and fresh conversation. I was impressed with the diversity of talents and strength of motivation apparent in each member, and I am excited to see what such an inspiring group of people can accomplish at UCLA in the name of sustainability.