Vermont Tech joins United States Green Building Council
With the goal of creating a sustainable environment through “green” building, Vermont Tech has joined the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a 15,000-member organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
“As a college that is practicing sustainability, we play a critical role in educating and training students, faculty, and community members to lead and drive strong and sustainable communities,” said Dan Aubin, who is certified by USGBC as a LEED Green Associate, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. “For this reason, we are excited to partner with the United States Green Building Council and help prepare and foster the next generation of sustainability leaders.”
USGBC is well known for its LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program, a voluntary, consensus-based global rating system for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Vermont Tech’s Campus Center in Randolph Center received LEED gold certification in 2009.
USGBC also offers robust educational opportunities, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, professional credentials and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
This fall, Vermont Tech will offer a LEED Green Associate Seminar to encourage and enable students to obtain professional experience before entering the workforce. The course will be taught by Aubin, with support from Vermont Tech’s Center for Sustainable Practices. In addition, Vermont Tech’s newly formed USGBC Student Group will analyze the College’s campuses and develop a best practices guide for Vermont Tech.
This is not Vermont Tech’s first step into the national movement to ensure a sustainable future. In May, the College joined the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
About Vermont Technical College – Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at eight nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu.