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High School Students Explore Green Careers at the ENC

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Vital Link teams up with green industry professionals at the ENC to inspire students in the first LEED Platinum building in OC.

Vital Link_smallThe Environmental Nature Center’s state-of-the-art Platinum LEED learning facility will host Exploring Green Careers, presented by Vital Link and the Fullerton Union High School District G-Cademy, on October 14, from 9AM to 1:30PM. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals that work in green industries.

The Environmental Nature Center building was certified Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008.  The award is the highest designation available to buildings that demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability. Designers from LPA, the architecture firm that designed the ENC’s LEED building, will be on hand to give tours to the students, and to answer questions about being an architect in the green building industry.

“I can’t think of a better location to inspire students to pursue green careers than at the Environmental Nature Center,” said Erik Ring, LEED Fellow, Principal and Design Director of MEP Engineering at LPA.  “I look forward to meeting the students and showing them all of the ENC’s state-of-the-art green features that save water and other natural resources, conserve energy, save money, and help keep our environment healthy.”

The G-Cademy provides high school students with the opportunity to explore green careers. Academy members experience work-based opportunities including summer camps, apprenticeships, field trips, speakers, and mentors in the industry.

The ENC’s 8,500-square-foot facility features a 70-foot photovoltaic array. Other sustainable features include light pollution reduction, energy use reduction, recycling programs, water efficiency, daylighting, green education, natural ventilation and green housekeeping methods.

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