Congressman Carnahan kicks off High Performance Building Series

Early Monday morning nearly 150 people gathered in downtown St. Louis for the first of three High Performance Building sessions hosted by USGBC-STL and St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

Congressman Russ Carnahan kicks off the High Performance Building Series

Congressman Russ Carnahan kicks off the High Performance Building Series

Congressman Russ Carnahan was our first speaker. As co-chair of the Congressional High Performance Building Caucus, Congressman Carnahan is committed to improving building performance locally and nationally. On Monday, he spoke about the Federal Building Personnel Training Program, which found that with ever dollar spent on facility & building manager training, we can expect at four dollar return on investment. This topic of discussion was an excellent introduction to the second speaker, Robert Lane, the Executive Director of Green the Capitol.

In 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi established the Green the Capitol program in an effort to make the U.S. House of Representatives a national leader in resource stewardship and sustainable practices. Robert Lane discussed the Green the Capitol efforts thus far, which are quite impressive! Since launching their office greening effort in April 2009, the program has reached nearly 3,000 House staff on Capitol Hill and many, many more in District offices around the country. Some of their savings include*:

  • 177,034 kilowatts/hour – annual electricity consumption of 16 homes
  • 73,644 pounds of of waste – equivalent to five garbage truck loads
  • 392,898 pounds of CO2 – equivalent to removing 36 cars from the road for one year
  • 1 million sheets of paper per month – equivalent of 1,000 trees in one year
From l-r, High Performance Building Session One Speakers - Tracy Hart, Congressman Russ Carnahan, Christine Ramsdell, Robert Lane

From l-r, High Performance Building Session One Speakers - Tracy Hart, Congressman Russ Carnahan, Christine Ramsdell, Robert Lane

Christine Ramsdell, from Enterprise Holdings, was our final speaker and wrapped up with a local perspective on the benefits of green buildings to businesses. As a rental car company, many may not think of Enterprise as a candidate for greening their buildings. But the LEED Silver Certification of their fleet operations center in 2005 made them an early adopter of LEED in St. Louis. That project served as a catalyst for furthering sustaiability at Enterprise. Since then, they have achieved LEED Certification on their new call center and are now rolling out sustainable initiatives to all their operations.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 7, theĀ  second session of our High Performance Building Session with St. Louis RCGA.

You can find Monday’s presentations and audio from the program on St. Louis RCGA’s Climate Prosperity Project website.

* Statistics from Enabling a Green Workforce: Building a Culture of Sustainability in the House, A Progress Report – November 13, 2009. Learn more about Green the Captiol.

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