Learn about the local advocacy group that connects you with information to help you see, learn and do all things green through seminars, tours and hands-on projects.
Kermit said it best: It’s not easy being green.
That’s where The Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy (GCEA) can help. It’s a Green Building Consultancy and a Green Marketing Agency, that was launched after founder Chuck Lohre, Leed AP ID+C, and his wife Janet Groeber purchased a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in 2003, and brought back his interest in architecture.
“I have followed the U.S. Green Building Council’s education path to learn how to serve this industry,” he explains. “We founded Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy in 2009 and self-documented our office LEED Platinum in 2011.”
Through GCEA’s experience in certifying LEED buildings, Lohre and his team were able to certify GreenSource Cincinnati’s office LEED Platinum in 2013.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it’’s helping to change the way that structures, commercial and residential, are designed, constructed, maintained and operated.
When buildings are LEED-certified, the structures save money and resources through clean energy while also promoting a positive impact on the health of those who occupy the buildings. Buildings that are seeking LEED certification must meet a certain number of requirements and earn points depending on the type of structure and what it’s intended use is.
In the office, Lohre has a team of interns that study with the Advocacy to pass their Green Associate and Accredited Professional exams. Together, these individuals are helping business owners certify their projects to meet the LEED requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Through the GCEA, Lohre says that he wants to help promote Green Building while providing the public with the information they need to advocate for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification process.
Lohre says that in the future, because GCEA is also a marketing agency, he plans to offer insights into the sustainable lifestyle to new clients.
He adds that this year, GCEA started a Green Home Tour series with the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and he became Chair of the Green Living Member Circle.
To learn more, visit www.green-cincinnati.com.