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Here at CCGBC, we have the pleasure of meeting and working with a variety of talented people in the environmental field. Due to the structure of our organization, we get the opportunity to closely collaborate with our board members and learn more about their own personal projects. Brandon Kaysen is one of those board members who acts as the leading force for our organization in Ventura.
As an educator and green building professional, Brandon manages the K-12 and public environmental education program for the City of Ventura. Brandon is also a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara where he leads a group of students in certifying a building on campus through the LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (EBO&M) Reference Guide. This "LEED Lab," allows students to showcase their commitment to professional growth by preparing them for the LEED Green Associate exam (Buente 2016).
As a Gaucho, Brandon is thrilled to have played an instrumental role in helping Bren Hall become the highest scoring LEED project in California last year! Bren Hall cemented its place amongst the highest percentage of projects that have achieved multiple certifications across different rating systems by receiving its third Platinum designation under LEED for existing buildings. Since this achievement, and its recognition as a model laboratory building in the United States, Bren Hall has inspired green-minded architects and builders around the country and proved that a superbly equipped building can be a tangible benchmark of environmental sustainability (LEED 2017).
Photo Credit: Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
With over 7 years of combined green building, resource management, and environmental education experience, Brandon seeks to collaborate with key players to enhance and encourage the eco-literacy of our building managers, government officials, and community members. He has also played a pivotal role with the Ventura Green Schools Program, working with elementary schoolers on sustainability projects for their schools.
So, hats off to Brandon who is not only accomplishing great achievements in his career, but is helping CCGBC by moving the Build Smart Trailer around to multiple events, attending Founding sponsor events, and building great relationships with other organizations in Ventura!
Interested in reading more about Brandon's projects? Check it out:
Bren Top Ten in CA
Student Article - APA Central Coast
LEED LAB Story
LEED Lab - Student Perspective
LEED Lab - Teacher Perspective
School Construction News
Written by: Kori Nielsen and Brianna Ruland
Edited by: Brianna Ruland