Jason Wykoff of Renewable Choice Energy in Boulder, Colo. will discuss “Green Power For Your Green Building” at the Aug. 26 meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council Savannah Chapter. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Wykoff will discuss the energy infrastructure in the U.S. and negative social and environmental impact of how we produce energy. Coal-powered plants provide most of the power for our homes and businesses nationally, and provide a great deal of air pollution in the process.
“Every day every one of us is affected by the way we produce electricity,” Wykoff said. “It’s the number one cause of air pollution, more than cars, more than industry and it’s about much more than climate change. It’s about asthma and smog, acid rain and heavy metals. For example, there are warnings on eating many species of fish because of the mercury pollution caused by coal fired power plants. Every one of us is being affected by this and we all need to take action to drive change.”
Wykoff will explain renewable energies and how they are different from fossil fuels. He’ll also explain Renewable Energy Certificates or Credits (RECs) and how they work. For professionals seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of a building, credits can be a cost-effective way to earn a LEED point. LEED is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The meeting will be held Aug. 26 from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second floor of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 22.
The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.