USGBC Iowa partners with CYC on creating a healthy space | U.S. Green Building Council
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The state's first ADVANCE project has been completed, with the help of USGBC Iowa.

Community Youth Concepts (CYC) and the Market Leadership Advisory Board for USGBC Iowa have completed the state’s first ADVANCE project, to help make the CYC building a healthier space.

USGBC's ADVANCE program aims to enhance equity in sustainability and is designed to meet organizations and communities wherever they are on the path and to assist them further along it.

CYC provides volunteer service opportunities and career-based mentoring to Iowa youth to improve their future success as students, professionals and active community members. With the help of volunteers from McClure Engineering Company, Recycle Me Iowa, the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, IMEG Corp, and Confluence, USGBC and CYC officials used qualitative and quantitative data to develop a series of recommendations to make CYC’s building a more energy-efficient, healthy space.

As a next step, USGBC officials and community volunteers will assist CYC in implementing the recommendations. Two items, window replacement and solar panel roof installation, will be complete before the first snow.

“Sustainability has been a top priority for CYC since we launched in 2008. The opportunity to leverage USGBC Iowa’s expertise has allowed us to see new opportunities and to position our organization to save money and support better health outcomes for our students,” said CYC co-founder and executive director Amy Croll.

To find out more or to participate in the ADVANCE program, please contact the USGBC Iowa Market Leadership Advisory Board. To learn more about CYC, please contact Amy Croll.

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