Municipalities across the country are joining the green-building movement and striving for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Some cities are requiring certification for new or renovated buildings over a certain size. During LEEDing the Way—Municipalities Promote Green Building (Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 to 2:50 p.m.), learn about LEED criteria, design techniques and technologies, and pros and cons of the rating system. Presenter Leo Roy—director of environmental and energy services for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.—will discuss how the LEED standard has become a widely accepted method for reducing environmental impact, increasing energy efficiency, and combating rising utility costs.
Technical tour Olathe Municipal Service Center, Murray L. Nolte Transit Center, Solid Waste Transfer Facility
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; $25
This tour gives attendees an opportunity to view three state-of-the-art facilities in suburban Johnson County, Kan. The city of Olathe's $11 million Municipal Service Center is the first municipal building in the state to be awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Certification. Next, the tour will visit the Murray L. Nolte Transit Center, an $8 million, energy-efficient facility that features natural grass prairie landscaping. The final stop: the city's new transfer station. A boxed lunch will be provided.