WCU, Malvern’s Saint-Gobain Lead Green Energy Investment in Chester County


Despite the shift in political climate, the green energy market is still holding firm in the region, thanks to the ongoing investment by businesses and institutions such as Saint-Gobain and West Chester University, writes Brian McCullough for the Daily Local News.

Such was the conclusion of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council during its Seventh Annual Sustainability Symposium.

Alex Dews, executive director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, said that while the federal government used to be an important partner in this area, its recent shift in focus has been compensated by the private sector’s own green building goals.

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“It’s serving as a motivation, in some way,” said Dews. “There had been a plateau under LEED standards. But there’s a lot of opportunity out there now, and the building sector is taking it seriously.”

An example of this is Saint-Gobain’s headquarters, which are filled with energy-efficient products made by the company. Another is West Chester University’s Business and Public Management Building. It was recently awarded an LEED Gold Certification, making it the third building on WCU campus to be LEED certified.

Read more about region’s green energy projects in the Daily Local News here.

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