In cooperation with the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) and the wonderful Judi Gregory, the local branch of the US Green Building Council established a beachhead for future, large-scale tours of LEED Certified properties. It was a quiet, soft opening with 14 people having ties to both the CRRA and USGBC.
Fascinating people with fascinating backgrounds all gathered to see the "green" progress of our Desert's built environment.
First Stop, the City of Palm Desert Visitor’s Center
The tour met at Rancho Las Palmas at 1:00 PM and by 1:30 PM arrived at the first stop at the City of Palm Desert Visitor’s Center and the Henderson Center, where the City's Chamber of Commerce meets. The awesome Heather Buck guided the group through a comprehensive, ground-up discussion of both properties: one LEED Silver and the other LEED Platinum.
Second Stop, Vista Dunes
On the bus and next off to Vista Dunes in La Quinta for a tour hosted by Assistant City Manager Doug Evans. Low-income housing with high life value living. A place where Cap X was replaced with Op X and the comfort of the people came before the comfort of the investment throughout the project’s construction cycle.
The Final Stop, The O’Donnell Home
Next, the tour visited The O'Donnell Home in Palm Springs, a LEED Platinum residence designed and built by one of the most talented, back-to-basics architects that graces the Coachella Valley, Lance O'Donnell. Although expecting a simple walk around the exterior of the property, the tour was allowed to enter the indoor space. Lance’s candid and thoughtful discussion with the group left no stone unturned and his open-book style sparked an even greater passion in everyone present to return to their home towns with the torch of sustainability held even higher.
A Rousing Success!
The tour wound its way home through the 111 Strip with driver and tour guide, Captain Chuck, arriving back at Rancho Las Palmas at 5:15 PM where the group parted ways. A successful event that allowed a meaningful inside view into what Renova Energy strives for every day as volunteers for the USGBC. Hopefully, this tour is just the first of many to come for the Coachella Valley.
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