LEED education at the earth day fair

By Liz Roswell

This week has been extremely busy for us at the Green Buildings team! As we continue gathering documents and data for the many LEED credits, we find that some things go beyond the scope of our knowledgable stakeholder, Todd Lynch. He is now beginning to direct us toward other contacts that can help with our more specific needs.

One of these contacts is Aliana Lungo-Shapiro, Sustainability Manager at UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services, who thankfully met with us earlier this week. Aliana's involvement and reign over the Hill made it much easier for us to obtain solid numbers on things like purchasing and energy usage. Our short but extremely constructive meeting with Aliana, which Todd also attended, consisted of rapid fire questions and discussion about topics ranging from green cleaning to energy meters on the Hill. Later this week, Aliana will compile all the documents and data she has on these topics and send them to us.

Last Wednesday, we took shifts tabling at the Earth Day Fair! We took advantage of this foot traffic to get some insight on the UCLA community’s knowledge on both LEED and LEED’s activity on campus. We essentially had a small six or seven question online survey that people walking by could do for a piece of candy. Some of the questions included: “What is LEED?” and “What building has the highest LEED certification?” which really sparked people’s interest in LEED and prompted us to give them some insight. Todd also let us borrow huge, colorful maps of the LEED certified buildings on campus and pamphlets with further information to have as eye-catching and educational props at our table. Overall the survey as well as our presence at the Earth Day Fair seemed successful.

Although this week was a busy week for us, it was also very fun and exciting as we get closer to achieving our goals!

Team members, Danh Lai, Alexandra Stream and Justin Brandt, enjoying the Earth Day Fair while educating people about LEED activity on campus. 

Team members, Danh Lai, Alexandra Stream and Justin Brandt, enjoying the Earth Day Fair while educating people about LEED activity on campus.