The Sugar Land Democrats Club held their third 2011 educational forum series with a discussion on how to create Sustainable Buildings and Communities. Ms. Lora-Marie Bernard, Executive Director of the US Green Building Council Houston Chapter, was the keynote speaker. Bernard gave an overview of the highly successful USGBC LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programs. She omplimented the City of Sugar Land officials for their strong interest to learn more about the LEED programs. The newly built Sugar Land Fire Station on Brooks Street is a LEED Certified building.
Over 1 billion square feet of commercial real estate is now LEED Certified or higher and in year 2010 the “green” construction market value surpassed $54 billion. LEED has four levels that a developer can seek to achieve i.e. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. It is a ratings based system with points assigned for achieving certain prerequisites and goals.
For example, for the Sugar Land Baseball Park stadium to achieve a LEED Silver status it would need to acquire 50 points minimum out of a possible 110 points. These points come from five areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Mr. “Q” Imam, Co-Chair, reminded the audience “One of the environmental goals of the Sugar Land Democrats Club is to persuade the city officials of Sugar Land to require all commercial buildings in Sugar Land to reach a USGBC LEED Silver level or higher.”
To learn more about the USGBC LEED programs please visit www.usgbc.org
On Saturday, April 16, 10:30am to 12:30pm Sugar Land Democrats Club will have a forum on Education and will invite all FBISD school board candidates who will have opportunity to introduce themselves. Venue will be held at Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land. Mr. Steve Brown, Chairman of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party will moderate.