Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — Green Buildings — December 21, 2012 - January 10, 2013 — 29A
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
First we wish you and your families and very happy and healthy holiday season! To continue our discussions about USGBC NJ’s commitment to greening our schools let’s focus on the multiple benefits to “green schools” including: lower operational costs; healthier indoor air environment; illustrating best practices and environmental responsibility to the students; and environmental education opportunities. The list goes on. 2012 has been a great year for green schools. As a core partner in the groundbreaking NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium, USGBC NJ has been working to train school facility managers in green building and sustainability principles. In September, USGBC NJ held a “Spartan Race” for Healthy Schools. We raised over $5000 for greening NJ schools. A 2 minute video about the Spartan Race can be found at www.usgbcnj.org/news. In October, thirty-five Sparta Middle Schools students visited three NJ green buildings. USGBC NJ helped coordinate the visits to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Headquarters in Morristown, BASF in Florham Park and the Wyndham Hotels corporate headquarters in Parsippany. We were delighted
BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Anastasia Harrison, AIA, LEED AP Gensler VICE CHAIR Wayne D. DeFeo, LEED AP DeFeo Associates TREASURER Ed Seliga Advanced Solar Products, Inc. SECRETARY RJ Donnelly, LEED AP Donnelly Industries, Inc. PAST CHAIR WilliamAmann, P.E., DCEP, LEEDAP M & E Engineers, Inc DIRECTORS David Cardella Cardella Waste Services Zach Gallagher, P.E., LEED AP NJ Meadowlands Comission Joe Porrovecchio, LEED AP, CRM Carbon-Key, LLC Paul Qvale, LEED AP Hillmann Group Lisa San Filippo, AIA, LEEDAP, BD&C Turner Construction Co. Faith Taylor Wyndham Worldwide Andrew Topinka, CPMR Technical Group Services, Inc Ed Walsh, P.E. The Walsh Company Gregg Woodruff, PP, AICP, LEED AP, BD&C Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Florence Block Alliance Environmental, LLC Bill Gates, LEED AP BD&C Hunt Construction Anthony Marano Marano Group, Inc. Brad Miller, P.E., P.P.
to support the education and orientation of our future generations in green building professions and industries. NJ’s LEED Certified Buildings serve as a learning lab for our students for future generations’ progress in our state’s economic growth, health, and environmental stewardship. The students’ first stop was at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation headquarters, where the USGBC NJ office is located. One of the central features of this building is the biowall, a system which has been implemented in only a few other U.S. locations. The students were fascinated with the Dodge building’s implementation of daylighting, their bamboo paneling and fabric, their recycled glass countertops, their cork floors, vertical green garden and green roof. The group then traveled to the new BASF North American headquarters in Florham Park — one of only five LEED Double Platinum facilities in the U.S. The BASF headquarters building’s environmental features include: indoor water usage has been reduced 40% using low-flow toilets, lavatory faucets, and shower heads, waterless urinals, and a rainwater harvesting system that reduces the need for potable water; more than 40% of the site is open space; about 75% of the office and meeting spaces are day lit and 90% have an outdoor view; more than 20% of the materials purchased for the project had recycled content; and, approximately 75% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and incineration facilities. The tour then visited the Wyndham Hotels corporate headquarters in Parsippany. Wyndham Worldwide received LEED-Silver interior certification from USGBC for its 250,000 square foot corporate headquarters. Since its opening, the facility has reduced water, energy and waste usage by 10 to 30 %. The company also recently received the Green Pioneer award from Con Edison Solutions for purchasing 100 % of the building’s electricity from wind generation. Sparta student Rachel Schmidt said, “All the companies we visited wanted to be green and they are doing lots of things to accomplish that. I also thought these companies really seem to care about their employees.” On December 12th, USGBC NJ hosted our Annual Holiday Party (and Meet the Board Candidates Night). USGBC NJ donated 20% of the net proceeds from the Annual Holiday Party, plus a USGBC NJ match, to the Red Cross. We also honored the Center for Lifelong Learning - a LEED Platinum public school for special needs students in Parlin, NJ. The school was one of USGBC NJ’S 10th Anniversary Gala Award Winners. The school is currently a second home to 140 staff members and 183 students, ages 3 to 21. Patrick Moran, Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission business administrator has said, “We have a student population that is often more sensitive to toxins like formaldehyde and other contaminants. Having the opportunity to build a green school was important because it ensures a healthy environment for all students and staff members.” If you would like to find out more about our green schools initiatives, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Florence Block LEED Green Associate Executive Director, USGBC NJ
Chapter Events 12/12/12 – Annual Holiday Party and Meet the Board Candidates, The Olde Mill Inn, 225 Route 202, Basking Ridge, NJ. 6 – 9pm.
20% of net proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross with a USGBC NJ Match.
For details on all USGBC-NJ events, visit www.usgbcnj.org
LEED Green Associate GENERAL COUNSEL Harry E. McLellan, Esq, LEED Green Associate
Number of New Jersey chapter members: Number of USGBC member Companies in NJ: Number of LEED Accredited Professionals in NJ:
McLellan & Associates, LLC CHAPTER COORDINATOR Mary Ellen Garrigus Communications & Membership Coordinator Medea Villere ’ www.usgbcnj.org
Number of LEED registered projects in NJ: Number of LEED certified projects in NJ:
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