Green Building United ’s office is based in Philadelphia and our region extends beyond the city, encompassing the Lehigh Valley which comprises Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Green Building United ’s Lehigh Valley Committee meets on a monthly basis and is actively focused on addressing regional issues and offering local educational events. If you would like to get involved in the Lehigh Valley, please contact the Committee Chair, Christa Kraftician, at email@example.com.
Thank you to our speaker who presented on Parksmart, our attendees, and our sponsors who made the event possible.
Nick is the Director of Sustainability Initiatives for the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), collaborating with departments, committees, faculty, and students to infuse sustainability into the six colleges and universities within the LVIAC, and to identify shared energy and environmental goals. As a shared resource, Nick also serves as the Energy Manager at Lafayette College, tracking, monitoring, and reporting energy usage, to identify opportunities to increase efficiency, and to conserve resources, and to advance sustainability of operations. Nick has also been serving as the Board Treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network since 2015, and has more than 25 years of experience providing environmental consulting services.
The City of Easton decided to use an existing site that is at the entrance gateway to Easton to transform it to a focal point. It was the city’s decision to show its stewardship in sustainability, and the building achieved LEED certification in May 2018. Some credits to mention include connectivity to the urban core and the adjacent services, heat-island effect for the roof and non-roof surfaces, water efficient landscaping, water use reduction by 30%, energy efficient systems, green power, use of recycled and regional materials, low-emitting materials, views to the outside. The city is proud of the certification and committed to implementing sustainable practices in the many projects in which they are involved.