U.S. Dept. of Energy Officials Tour GCC Learning Center

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Guam – U.S. Department of Energy officials visited Guam Community College on August 27 to check on the construction of the College’s new Learning Resource Center, the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified government of Guam building. Cathy Iverson, Branch Chief of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Eileen Yoshinaka, who is on contract with USDOE from Lockheed Martin, toured the LRC building along with Lucy Kono and Richard Diego from the Guam Energy Office. Iverson and Yoshinaka were visiting agencies on Guam and Saipan to observe how US DOE funds dispersed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are being invested.

[Photo caption: L to R: Juanita Sgambellluri, GCC library technician supervisor, Cathy Iverson, US Dept. of Energy branch chief, Eileen Yoshinaka, USDOE consultant, and Dr. Ray Somera, GCC academic vice president, tour GCC’s new Learning Resource Center now under construction. The LRC, scheduled to open in December, is the government of Guam’s first LEED-certified building.]

Iverson said she was very impressed with the LEED features being included in the construction. GCC’s Learning Resource Center is scheduled to open in December.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. A LEED designation provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. The USGBC web site notes that LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

GCC offers LEED courses online through the USGBC via its Continuing Education Office. Call 735-5574 for more information.