The U.S. Green Building Councilâ€™s Central California Chapter will celebrate its newly formed chapter at the Downing Planetarium May 2.
â€œWeâ€™re basically having the celebration as a public awareness event,â€? said Bill Blayney, vice president of the USGBC. â€œWe have presence in the Valley now.â€?
According the USGBCâ€™s Web site, the group is a 75-chapter group whose purpose is to raise standards in the construction marketplace by keeping buildings sustainable. The council also prides itself on building with the environment and efficiency in mind.
â€œBuilding â€˜greenâ€™ will improve air quality, water quality and quality of life in the area by providing a better
environment to work,â€? said Hal Johnston, a construction management professor at Fresno State.
â€œSustainability has potential to impact both our lives and the design of buildings.â€?
â€œGreen buildings use half the power of a building comparable size,â€? said Loren Aiton, the program chair of the Central California Chapter of the USGBC. â€œWe spent 4 percent additional cost to make a green building; it can be less than that or more than that.â€?
Blayney said the chapter was not only committed to improving construction for the area, but educating the region as well. â€œWeâ€™re there to offer a resource for students already involved in environmental studies and engineering,â€? Blayney said. â€œAs a prime objective we offer education, and a resource thatâ€™s open.â€?
The USGBC is not only a resource to students but to faculty as well. Both students and instructors alike have shown excitement regarding the event.
â€œThe people that are involved in the USGBC are experts in green building and we need to have them in the classroom,â€? Johnston said. â€œStudents should go because it gives them the opportunity to meet local experts and leaders in the green building area.â€?
Matthew McLaughlin, vice president of the construction management honorary fraternity Sigma Lambda Chi, describes the USGBC as â€œcutting edge.â€?
â€œThis is a good opportunity for students to have access to information they will have to know in the future,â€? said Izadel Tolentino, a junior in the construction management program and presidential candidate for Students in Construction. â€œOnce we get into the workforce, we are going to start thinking about how to make buildings more environmentally friendly we have to watch how we use our product.â€?
The celebration will be held at the Downing Planetarium at Fresno State May 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Only guests who RSVPâ€™d may attend the event.