Congratulations to the graduating class at the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute!

Congratulations to David Isaacson, Director of Envirosmart Solutions Group, and his graduating class from the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute! The 5th Bay Area Sustainable Building Advisor Program graduated on June 11th. Graduates of this class all came from diverse disciplines, ranging from construction workers, utility workers, facilities managers, real estate professionals, architects, engineers, and environmental consultants. This nine-month course provides students with a broad range of knowledge from guest instructors and other industry professionals. In addition, this class provided a venue for industry professionals to network and make connections amongst other professionals in the field.
The class has students for groups of four to six people, each working on an individual project that facilitates learning for each specific unit. Various projects include helping a building in Santa Clara achieve ISO 14001 certification, providing recommendations of various solutions for the Land’s End Visitor Center in San Francisco in regards to building materials, building envelope, water usage, and ventilation. Another project involved helping the United States Coast Guard base in Petaluma, CA work towards becoming LEED certified.
In conclusion, congratulations to the graduating class of July 2011 at the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute! Keep up the great work!
Brian O’Neill

What is the NHL doing to conserve water?

800,000 Gallons can either grow you one acre of cotton, brew 500 barrels of beer, or supply enough water to support seven NHL playoff games. Since this is such a large amount of water, the NHL wants to reduce their demand on water supplies. The NHL Green is the National Hockey League’s sustainability initiative. This initiative is working together with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation for the NHL Water Restoration Project
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation wants to reduce water usage in the Pacific Northwest and is currently looking to expand to include states such as Washington, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. This organization aims to conserve water by encouraging water certificates. Each of these certificates is “worth” 1,000 gallons of water, and has it’s own serial number. Each certificate is then sold to individuals and businesses for one dollar. The money is then spent to encourage consumers to reduce their water use. The NHL recently incorporated use of these water certificates for their 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, which is the first “water neutral” series in the history of the NHL.
This new program will be used to restore almost one million gallons of water to the Deschutes River, located between Bend, Oregon and Lake Billy Chinook. This is a world-class destination for various sportsmen and tourists. Unfortunately for the aquatic organisms as well as potential recreationalists, a significant volume of the water that would flow down the Deschutes River is diverted for “commercial” and “economic” use. As a result of the excess withdrawals, there has been a significant decrease in water quality as well as the health of aquatic organisms.
The NHL is proud to be the first major sports entity to participate in the Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s certificate program, as well as the first such organization to make a large push towards water conservation and sustainability. Many players in the NHL began playing hockey on ice ponds, so they feel the need to promote environmental sustainability or the future generations will only read about ice ponds in books, and hear about them in stories from their parents.
Brian O’Neill