(SAVANNAH, GA) “The Greening of Savannah and Chatham County” U.S. Green Building Council

By February 10, 2009Local NewsWIRE


Learn about "The Greening of Savannah and Chatham County" at the Feb. 24 meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council Savannah Chapter. The meeting is free and open to the public. Assistant County Manager Patrick C. Monahan and Rachel Smithson and Kenyatta Spruill of the City of Savannah will speak.

Monahan will provide an update on the greening of Chatham County, including USBGC projects already funded (SW Branch Library and Detention Center expansion), and those anticipated (Cooperative Extension Service). He will discuss the new Recycling and Education Center, which will  include use of solar and all construction with renewable building materials and systems. He will also discuss the County’s participation in Sustainable Georgia and the green space program (with another 800 acres of property for protection in 2008). In addition, the County just identified more funding for five more hybrid buses and paratransit vans (besides the 11 already on order).

Management Analyst Rachel Smithson and Kenyatta Spruill, Director of Design and Construction, will be discussing the City’s Thrive Initiative and the upcoming green policy for new construction and major remodels for City buildings. They will also discuss future requirements and incentives for private sector construction projects.

The meeting will be held from 5:45-7 p.m. on the second floor of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. RSVP by Feb. 20 at www.usgbcga.org. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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.

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