Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rebuilding Greensburg and Drinking Green Tonight

Architect Josh Somes will present a review of the 5.4.7 Arts Center at the Memphis Regional Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC-MEM) May meeting. The 5.4.7 Arts Center was the first structure to the LEED Platinum rating in the state of Kansas and also marked the first structure to achieve the LEED designation in the rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas. Greensburg Kansas was destroyed by tornados on May 4, 2007 and was the subject of a Discovery Channel Documentary, detailing the town’s rebirth. LEED, is a certification program of the US Green Building Council and stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The lecture is part of USGBC-MEM regular series to promote environmental friendly buildings and facility operations. The presentation will take place at the Memphis College of Art’s Callicot Auditorium on May 14th at 6pm. It is open to all interested parties, free for chapter members, and $5 for guests. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period with Mr. Somes.

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Blogger Sophorn said...

Good to see a posting on LEED design. Heard that the first completed LEED project in Shelby County wasn't very newsworthy to the Commercial Appeal. That's disappointing that the local newspaper is concerned about what's popular instead of making it newsworthy so the general public sees the importance of sustainability. If anyone is interested in learning more and featuring this story in anyway, let me know and I can get you in touch with the architect.

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