Letter from the Chair - May 2016

My daytime occupation affords me opportunities to participate in discussions and projects that parallel my sustainability passions.  For that I am truly thankful.  I realize that this is not the case for many people.  Yet every day I meet individuals, right here in Houston, who find a way to make a difference, even after completing a forty or fifty hour work week at a “job”.  It is humbling and inspiring to have the privilege to work alongside these talented, compassionate and dedicated citizens. 

At the end of the day, members of USGBC believe that the LEED Rating Systems provide a framework for quantifying and qualifying what Sustainability should look like in the Built Environment. Most would also agree that the LEED Checklists are tools that hopefully create avenues for discussion for broader conversations about environmental degradation, pollution impact, chemical sensitivity and bringing sustainability to under-resourced and underserved communities, to name a few.

Local individuals are working tirelessly to address these issues and great things are happening here in Houston.  It is one of my main goals that these successes be recognized and trumpeted from the rooftops.  To that end we have started a new section in our Newsletter and a corresponding link on our Webpage titled “People, Projects & Places”.  This section is a landing pad for recognizing individuals, organizations, non-LEED projects, etc. that would otherwise not be acknowledged within the LEED Certification section of our Newsletter.

Check out this month’s entry.  I welcome you to submit to me anything you feel should be recognized.  It is the only way we can celebrate and thank these dedicated members of our local community who give of themselves so that we might enjoy better lives.

David MacLean