Time for Wrap Up and Reflection

By Alexandra Stream

As we come to the end of our two-quarter term, we are finishing our work filling out LEED credit forms, preparing for the final report and presentation, and tying up all the loose ends of the project. This involves assembling the data and collecting a few last-minute documents. Then, we will fill out as much of the forms for specific credits as possible with the data we have. These will be sorted and compiled into online files and given to our stakeholder, Todd Lynch, for future use. 

Team leaders Dahn Lai and Claire Hirashiki work on the Green Buildings Team's final report.

Team leaders Dahn Lai and Claire Hirashiki work on the Green Buildings Team's final report.

Writing the data section for the final report this week, I have taken a good look of how far we have come. Looking at the plethora of data that we have collected over the quarter has made me reflect on the nature of our work and what we have accomplished. One thing that has become clear to me throughout this entire process is that LEED-certification of the buildings on the Hill is a collaborative effort. People such as our stakeholder Todd Lynch and Aliana Lungo-Shapiro, Sustainability Manager at UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services, have been important contacts for us. Our project has taught me how to best incorporate our individual work in filling out credit forms with teamwork and collaboration with professionals. Looking at our data, I also see that LEED-certification is not as well-known among students on campus as I had originally thought. Our Earth Day Fair surveys demonstrated that many people did not have a good idea of what LEED-certification is and where it is incorporated on our campus. I am pleased with our work as a catalyst to not only get the process of LEED-certification on campus going, but to also help spread awareness of what it is and why it is important.