Thank you DRC members - your support and participation has made 2010 a terrific year!
During 2010, members of the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter have led the community by conducting tours of some of the region's greenest buildings, including: Madonna University, Lawrence Tech University Student Services Center, Richard Mazurek Medical Building at Wayne State University, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, and Clarkston Community Schools Office, among others. The chapter hosted or participated in several education programs including Campus Greening at IADT, Demystifying Green Building Forum, Macomb County's All Things Green, Troy Earth Day program, The Henry Ford Teacher Appreciation Day, Urban land Institute's Detroit Metro Marketplace, Oakland Hills Green Summit, Downtown Rochester Earth Day Expo, Greening the Heartland 2010, Oakland County OakGreen Sustainable Seminar, Oakland County Green Summit, Designing Out Waste, Greenbuild 2010, as well as a statewide advocacy training in Lansing. Additionally, the chapter hosted several continuing education programs for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) and others, provided funding to send area representatives to Greenbuild 2010 in Chicago, hosted 15 study groups for over 150 area professionals preparing to earn LEED AP or LEED Green Associate accreditation, developed four continuing education courses, and participated as judges in both the Engineering Society of Detroit's Future Cities event and Oakland County's Green Communities Excellence Awards. On a legislative perspective, the chapter contacted 30 legislators advocating for six green building bills. The U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter received grants to develop a "Green Schools in a Lunchbox" program and a pollution prevention program with the City of Dearborn, and was awarded a 2010 American Graphic Design Award for its "Sustainable Spotlight" newsletter and a 2010 Communicator Award for its website, www.drc-usgbc.org.
Leveraging the influence of the national U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED green building certification program, and the reach of affiliated organizations including the Building Owners and Managers Association Metro Detroit, Energy Works Michigan, Sierra Club, Michigan Municipal League, and others, the chapter has an even more ambitious agenda planned for 2011. Members of the chapter serve on several sustainability committees in Ferndale, Berkley, Novi, Troy, Dearborn, Detroit, and MacombCounty, among others. The chapter's Board of Directors and General Circle will continue to lead the transformation of the Detroit region's built environment, and the chapter's volunteer committee members will continue to address areas of communications, education, homes, green schools, membership, commercial real estate, public policy, outreach/events, and neighborhood development.