by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senators Dennis Rodriguez Jr. and Tom Ada introduced legislation that would mandate new GovGuam buildings integrate sustainable design solutions and systems. Bill 230 would also require that retrofits, renovations and alterations to existing government buildings include energy efficient and sustainable design methods.
Senator Rodriguez states, "Our island needs to implement a recognized sustainable design measuring system that will reduce our carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuel and at the same time lower the cost of operations, and it is not only environmental responsible but also necessary for our government to make these much needed change." The measure also promotes the leadership in energy and environmental design or LEED methods.
Rodriguez says the Guam Community College is one of the facilities on the island that uses these methods and inspires the rest of the community to become more energy efficient.