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Leaders in LEED

by Erline M. Altamira

I recently finished an Everblue prep training course for the LEED Green Associates. The course was instructed by an architect with LEED AP accreditation. It is great to see individuals who teach and help lead us into a more sustainable lifestyle. One of my goals is to teach and give back to our future designers; but LEED teaching/learning/living is quite intriguing because it helps sustain and give back to the planet.

What we learn and implement to better the way think, live, and help our environment recover from the damages we’ve done is grand. It’s also amazing how much of an impact architects, designers, manufacturers can make by altering the way they construct and implement the final product.

The whole GREEN/sustainable concept isn’t new but is catching on especially on individuals and smaller groups who thought they couldn’t make a difference. I’m not perfect but I’ve made changes in my household that have become part of our lifestyle like recycling all possible materials, buying mostly Energystar appliances, turning off lighting fixtures when leaving a room, phasing out all use of Styrofoam, adjusting the timer on our sprinklers, bought a Hybrid car, etc. Most are gradual steps but it is making a difference.

My estimated greenhouse gas emissions are “13 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per year, which is below the U.S. national average.” I hopefully can bring it down by adding a compost and changing our windows at home. Please visit http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/?src=l12 to calculate your carbon footprint.

So if we can’t be instructors in LEED classes, we can at least lead by example. Ignore the glazed looks on peoples faces when you help educated them about sustainability or being more eco-friendly. It’s funny how many times people have said, “this GREEN thing is just a trend”…I think it will be a standard to living life daily in the near future. Thank you for reading!!


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