Why sustainable design is important for credit unions

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Saunders Bob is a founding partner of Momentum (www.momentumbuilds.com), which is a national provider of strategic facilities services to the financial industry, as well as higher education. Strategic operations … Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details About half of U.S. construction is going green.Sustainable or ‘green’ design is one of the most influential factors to impact the design and construction industry – some say that even reinforced concrete and structural steel pale in comparison. But make no mistake, green buildings aren’t just for those concerned with environmental awareness. In fact, green buildings currently comprise 48% of all commercial and institutional construction in the U.S., with nearly 3.6 billion square feet of building space achieving LEED-certification. Considering that the LEED rating system didn’t exist until 2000, this is quite an impressive set of statistics.What is LEED-certification?LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a set of universal best practices and guidelines pertaining to sustainable design and green buildings, including a green building certification program. Owners, architects, and construction managers seek LEED-certification to ensure that their facilities conform to a rigorous set of planning, design, construction, and operational standards. While achieving LEED-certification is not a simple endeavor, it serves as a great tool in ensuring that you are making the most of your membership’s investment.It gives a competitive advantage.The AIA (American Institute of Architects) links sustainable design to ‘the creation of communities, buildings and products that contribute to the enduring prosperity of all living things.’ If you think about it, you apply similar principles every day as you manage your credit union – striving for consistent, measurable growth and long-term success. Why not apply a similar approach to the ownership and operation of your facilities? After all, your facilities should reflect your core values. Sustainably designed facilities will not only help you stand out from the crowd, but as a community leader, you’re entrusted to be the guardian of your organization’s resources and a responsible building owner as well. We feel confident in stating that ignoring sustainable design can be short-sighted and even ill-advised.Benefits gained:Leading edge design and deployment tacticsFacilities are less expensive to maintain and operateMore effective use of land and local natural resourcesHealthier, cleaner, more productive work environmentIncreased social capital and community awarenessAligning member needs.For a credit union, perhaps more relevant is how sustainable design can align directly with the people helping people philosophy. Members already appreciate the fact you’re diligent and prudent in managing their money. When you integrate this way of thinking into the design and management of your facilities, the social capital that you can gain is significant. Plus, you’ll have an effective and efficient facility that not only looks good, but provides a healthy work environment for staff and members, and outpaces the average facility in terms of life cycle performance and energy consumption.View the seven reasons for sustainable design. Continue reading about how sustainable design is impacting Momentum. See the full article on Momentum’s website.last_img read more

Nisky residents lose in partisan battle

first_imgYasmine Syed, the recently elected Republican town supervisor, raised several concerns with items on the agenda of the Niskayuna Town Board’s March 27 meeting.  None of the four Democrats on the five-member town board (John Della Ratta, Denise Murphy McGraw, Bill McPartion and Lisa Nemza Weber) made any comments on anything raised by Syed. None. Yet, when the board proceeded to a vote, the four Democrats voted for each item and against Syed. Each item passed by a 4-1 vote.It’s fair to conclude that this four-member Democratic block on the town board has adopted a tactic intended to punish the Republican supervisor for having won the election. Unfortunately, town residents are also being punished. We have become collateral damage in this battle and are now no longer told why the four Democrats favor or oppose any item on which they are voting. If residents wish to again know why the Democrats are voting as they are, it seems we must vote Syed or the other four town board members out of office.Elmer F. BertschNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Patrick Chung injury update: Patriots safety to have multiple surgeries after leaving Super Bowl early

first_imgThe Athletic notes Chung likely will miss all of the Patriots’ OTAs as the shoulder surgery is expected to have a longer recovery time, but he should be able to return in time for training camp.The 31-year-old safety suffered the arm injury Sunday while playing in New England’s 13-3 victory over the Rams. He left the field after making contact with Rams running back Todd Gurley in the third quarter. Chung walked off on his own power, but watched the remainder of the game from the sideline with an aircast on his arm. Related News Patriots to hire Greg Schiano as defensive coordinator, report says Patrick Chung will have a long offseason recovering from injuries. The Patriots safety is expected to undergo arm surgery Thursday after leaving the Super Bowl early, according to The Athletic, which cites unidentified sources. Three weeks later, Chung will have shoulder surgery to fix an issue he played through for the majority of the season.center_img Chung had 84 tackles and an interception in 15 regular-season appearances for the Patriots. He has won three Super Bowls during his nine seasons with New England.last_img read more