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USGBC Iowa's annual meeting included a tour of one of Kum & Go's 108 LEED-certified stores.

The USGBC Iowa community held its annual meeting on May 18, and were happy to partner with Kum & Go, a local sponsor, USGBC member and user of LEED volume certification. Derek Nelson, Sustainability Manager for the company, led a tour at one its 108 LEED-certified stores. The new prototype has a footprint that is 24 percent larger, but with an average energy use per square foot of 19 percent less than the first iteration.

As part of Kum & Go’s sustainability efforts, the company is expanding to participate in food rescue initiatives. Derek took notice of the amount of food waste at the company after climbing into dumpsters for a firsthand analysis. He found that one in five trash bags contained unsold fresh food items that could be donated instead of thrown away. Donating food instead of sending it to a landfill helps Kum & Go support hungry citizens in Iowa as well as exceed initial waste diversion goals.

The tour and meeting were attended by many members and supporters of USGBC Iowa. The group, led by Bruce Hamous, volunteer co-chair of the Iowa Market Leadership Advisory Board, celebrated the certification of 20 LEED buildings in Iowa, talked about the state of the Iowa market and discussed some local USGBC initiatives. One big initiative USGBC is supporting in Iowa is the expansion of the B3 Benchmarking program.

The benchmarking program helps identify energy savings with an “apples to apples” comparison of the current buildings’ energy use to similar energy code-compliant buildings. Measureable and visible energy performance data assists building managers and organizations in taking action to improve efficiency. The Iowa community team also met with legislators in March in support of the new Iowa Energy Plan, stronger energy code and the B3 program.

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