Driven by the Governor’s core belief that responsible state government includes sustained environmental stewardship, in 2012 issued Executive Order B-18-12 and the Green Building Action Plan. These directives require state departments, including the Department of Technology (CDT), to take a strong, active approach to resource conservation, waste reduction, environmental protection, and sustainability. Over the past few years, CDT executed many improvement projects to enhance operational efficiency and reduce its environmental footprint.
In early February 2015, CDT completed the rigorous, year-long certification project to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Building (LEED-EB) certification for its OTech facility. The council’s rating system evaluates a building’s environmental performance and provides a definitive standard for what constitutes a “green building.” Buildings are awarded different levels of certification, based on performance. These levels include, from lowest to highest, Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
Congratulations are in order for CDT’s LEED project team, led by Danny Gumacal and Ian Noumov from CDT’s Facility and Administrative Services Branch. Danny and Ian, along with Alex Gomez, CDT’s Sustainability Analyst, Glenn Franklin from Facility Services, and OTech’s GSH Building Engineering crew went above and beyond to document OTech’s baseline, make changes to improve sustainable practices, and guide us through a three-month performance monitoring/validation period. The team’s exceptional efforts resulted in CDT’s OTech facility achieving the LEED-EB Gold certification.