Green building standards and certifications: What do they mean for transit maintenance and storage facilities? – 1 Hour
This webinar discusses the a number of green building standards, certifications, and rating systems available that help guide, demonstrate, and document efforts to deliver a sustainable and high-performing transit maintenance and storage facility. We touch on how applying green building practices to new construction and refurbishment of existing facilities, transit agencies can conserve resources through lower construction, operations, and maintenance expenditures.
Green buildings make efficient and effective use of resources – energy, water, raw materials, and land – and provide a healthy environment for working, learning and living. By applying green building practices to new construction and refurbishment of existing facilities, transit agencies can conserve resources through lower construction, operations, and maintenance expenditures.
There are a number of green building standards, certifications, and rating systems available that help guide, demonstrate, and document efforts to deliver a sustainable and high-performing transit facility. It can be challenging and time consuming to determine which green building certification or rating system is most credible and applicable to a particular facility project.
The panel of industry professionals discusses why it may be important for transit facilities to pursue a green building rating or certification and the associated benefits.
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Rebecca Newlove – Manager of Sustainability, District of Saanich
Rebecca is the Manager of Sustainability at the District of Saanich, where she has led a small team over the last 4 years developing and implementing their most recent Climate Plan. She has worked on Climate Action for the last 16 years in both the UK and Canada in the private and public sector on a range of areas including zero carbon housing regeneration, food system assessments, city sustainability strategies and regional transit plans.
Scott Smith – Infrastructure Sustainability & Resilience Advisor, Metrolinx
Scott is an Environmental Planner and sustainability professional with Metrolinx transit agency in Toronto. He is experienced in supporting sustainability best practices in the planning and design of site and linear municipal and rail infrastructure.
Scott’s areas of focus are Sustainable Development, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Planning, Sustainable Infrastructure Planning and Design, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Environmental Policy. He is also Envision Sustainability Professional experienced in the application of the Envision rating system for sustainable infrastructure.
Kurt Steiner – Transportation Planner, LEED Specialist, US Green Building Counsil
Kurt is a transportation planner and green building specialist, working to advance sustainable mobility and to create more livable communities. In his current role at the US Green Building Council, Kurt manages the LEED green building rating system’s criteria for location efficiency and sustainable transportation options. Previously, Kurt supported planning and design of bus transit service improvements and active transportation facilities in communities throughout New England.
His LEED project experience includes serving as LEED AP for two mixed-use, infill development projects in Washington, DC certified under the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot program. Kurt holds a BA in Environmental Studies from American University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. He is a LEED AP and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Chris Yates (Facilitator) –C.E.T., LEED® AP BD+C, O+M Principal, Sustainability Specialist, Morrison Hershfield
Chris has successfully certified many large commercial, government and institutional building projects under multiple green building rating systems from coast to coast. His role at Morrison Hershfield involves aligning project concept or developed designs with LEED and other green rating system criteria to develop project goals, tools and scorecards. He advises owners, designers and construction teams of sustainable criteria required to reach targeted project goals, reviews project design drawings and specifications for applicable requirements, and manages the compilation of LEED project submissions along with the coordination of post-construction third-party review processes.
Chris also acts as a voting member of the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) Materials Technical Advisory Committee (TAG), various CaGBC led task forces and review panels, and as an assessment team member who performs technical third-party reviews of LEED projects on behalf of the CaGBC.