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USGBC Nevada: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Tour

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Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences

999 Tahoe Boulevard

Incline Village, NV 89451

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Tour the Tahoe Center for ENvironmental Sciences and learn more about Nevada's first LEED Platinum building that was certified in 2007.

TAHOE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AT SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) is a distinctive partnership between institutions of higher education in two states, including Sierra Nevada College (SNC), University of California, Davis, Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada, Reno. The TCES is a world-class center for scientific research in the understanding of alpine lakes and the preservation of the environmental quality of such important resources. As the first LEED Platinum building in Nevada and the first LEED Platinum laboratory in the country, TCES is also an award-winning showcase of high-performance, green buildings.

Sierra Nevada College worked closely with Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Building Performance and other partners in the design of TCES. The building uses 60% less energy than a building of the same function, climate, and size designed to code at the time. Photovoltaic roof panels provide 10% of the building’s annual energy demand. Potable water use was reduced 65% through the use of drought-tolerant native plants, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and treated rainwater for toilets. Sustainable site features include low-glare lighting, retention basins to slow down and treat storm water runoff, and reduced areas of site disturbance during construction. Recycled content and locally sourced materials are featured throughout. Over 85% of the construction waste was recycled. Special effort was made to increase occupant comfort by using materials with low or no emissions, providing a high level of individual control over lighting and cooling levels, and giving access to daylight and views.

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CHUCK LEVITAN, Professor, Science & Technology

Levitan has been with SNC since 1986. He has conducted research on Daphnia and Mysis in Lake Tahoe and is doing research at the University of Montana Biological Station at Flathead Lake involving the effects of changing lake levels on ecosystem dynamics. He teaches courses in environmental science, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Chuck has involved many students in active research and many of these projects have resulted in presentations at professional meetings.

BOB PREGER, Board of Trustee, Chair

Preger’s career spans over 25 years in the Software Industry. After graduating with a BSEE from Carnegie Tech in 1962, Bob held a number of positions in the industry’s formative years and became part of the original management team at Oracle in 1980. Bob retired in 1986. Bob has supported a number of initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University, including an Architectural CAD Lab, Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace Facility named for him to honor his support, and the Entertainment Technology Center. Bob and his wife Eleanor have resided in Incline Village since 1987 and have served on the Board of SNC for over 10 years. In 2000, Bob and his wife provided the lead funding for establishing a Computer Science Major at SNC, and chaired the Computer Science Advisory Board at the college.

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