By Bryce Ronquillo
Finding alternative methods of building and design that lessen environmental impact and promote sustainability is what the ELAC U.S. Green Building Council Club has been trying to accomplish in the East Los Angeles area.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a green building rating system. ELAC has a club through this system.
The ELAC USGBC Club has taken part in community service to inform locals about it’s mission.
Last semester the club spent the Green Apple Day of Service with 4th and 5th graders at Robert Hill Lane Elementary School on Sept. 26.
“The Green Apple Day of Service is a day where parents teachers, student, companies and local organizations can come together to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects,” ELAC USGBC Club President Robert Garcia said.
The club members presented hands-on crafts for the kids by having them make their own flower planters out of recycled plastic bottles. They also informed the kids on how they can promote sustainability.
“Sustainability is maintaining the world we live in,” Garcia said.
The club is apart of the architecture department at ELAC therefore they try to find building designs that promote sustainability.
On World Habitat Day 2014 they participated by partnering with Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Los Angeles area and constructing a house in Lynwood, California. These houses are for single families with low income.
“Part of ELAC USGBC club’s mission is to bring awareness, not only to issues of sustainability, but to issues of adequate, healthy and affordable housing,” Garcia said.
Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified the house they built with Habitat for Humanity.
LEED is a green building certification program. The house was built with recycled and energy friendly materials.
The ELAC USGBC participates in LEED events by learning about certified buildings. By building LEED buildings, points are earned to achieve different levels of certification.