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AFE Silicon Valley Chapter presents
A Facility Managers' Tour of the "Greenest College in the World"
August 11, 2010, Newark, California
(6 min)



Approximately 20 AFE members and guests attended this informative and memorable tour of the "Greenest College in the World!" This LEED Platinum facility has won numerous awards and offers a great chance to learn how to implement green building features into your facility.

Many topics were discussed regarding the design, funding, materials of construction, LEED certification process, operation, and maintenance of this cutting-edge green facility. Leta Stagnaro, Ohlone College Associate VP led the tour and was accompanied by Don Eichelberger, Executive VP of Stegeman and Kastner in Pleasanton, California who was the Project Manager at Ohlone during construction. Attendees marveled at the beauty, comfort, and user-friendliness of the campus. Tour and discussions included: the Green Touch Screens that show real-time energy usage, extensive photovoltaic systems that powers much of the campus, two ten-foot diameter enthalpy wheels used for air conditioning, the geothermal system, carbon footprint, and how the college is saving money by minimizing the use of paper. The principles used in the design of this Ohlone College campus provide numerous real-world examples and educational experiences of what is possible for a sustainable future.

Special thanks to Leta Stagnaro and Don Eichelberger for providing us with this very informative and enjoyable tour!

These activities and tours are sponsored by the Golden Gate and Silicon Valley Chapters of the AFE. In addition to being a lot of fun, these gatherings provide excellent networking opportunities. We bring together professionals who ensure the optimal operation of plants, grounds and offices at Fortune 500 manufacturers, universities, medical centers, government agencies and innovative small firms from around the world. And, they all look to AFE as the leading technical resource on engineering issues. AFE's mission is to provide education, certification, technical information and other relevant resources to plant and facility engineering, operation and maintenance.

Click to see additional videos of recent AFE tours.

For additional information on joining the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association for Facilities Engineering contact Jim Elder at 408-855-1105 or go to http://afe39.org/.

Michael Bukay is New Media Chair for the AFE Silicon Valley Chapter and owner of Michael Bukay & Associates which produces educational and marketing videos for the web. He can be reached at 510-232-9830 or http://bukaymedia.com/. Download a brochure on how web-based informational and marketing videos can help your organization to better reach its goals.

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