By Janice Lachance, Executive Vice President of Strategic and Operational Excellence
While AGU will formally kick off our Centennial in December of this year, we are building excitement this week by sharing information on the many programs Centennial will touch during our 2019 celebration. AGU’s building renovation project is one of those.
Our existing headquarters was built in 1994 and after many years of operation, the building systems were reaching the end of their lives. We were faced with the choice to either renovate to replace the systems and keep the building as is or challenge ourselves to strive for something greater that would demonstrate our commitment to AGU’s mission, “science or the benefit of humanity.” We jumped at the opportunity to renovate the building to meet net zero energy goals and reduce our environmental footprint.
The building project is a chance for AGU to physically embrace our mission of advancing science and ensuring a sustainable future by striving to be the first net zero renovation of an existing commercial building in Washington, DC. I invite you to watch this time-lapse video and see the progress we have made since October 2017.
We cannot wait to invite our members and the public to our renovated building later this year. The building will feature a scientific exhibit open to the public to celebrate the many scientific disciplines within Earth and space science and serve as a model for others to follow our lead in striving for a more sustainable building. The building will be open for a net zero energy tour for interested parties to come see the technologies in person. We will also be displaying the building’s energy information in online dashboards, and a physical dashboard in our lobby, for researchers, builders, engineers, and anyone who is interested in accessing. It’s an exciting time for AGU and we hope to see the impact of our building legacy after the next 100 years!