Blue may be the color of choice in the industry, but if Rick Fedrizzi, has anything to do with it, aquatics professionals may be seeing a lot more green.
secret that protecting the environment — and reducing energy
costs — has become a major concern in the past few decades.
As president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building
Council, Fedrizzi and his organization are leading the way in
promoting sustainable building, design and construction
several partners founded the USGBC in 1993, after several years
working for Carrier Corp., where he developed and implemented
environmentally responsible products. The organization’s goal
is to proactively reduce the environmental footprint of buildings.
Since its inception, USGBC has developed the Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Building Rating System and
now has more than 12,600 members from across the construction and
building development industry. Fedrizzi says the aquatics industry
could learn much about environmentally sustainable building from
the core elements of green building are just as important in
[aquatics] facilities as they are in green buildings: more
daylight, more efficient energy and water use, improved indoor
environmental quality,” says Fedrizzi, who’s also a
former lifeguard and competitive swimmer. “Aquatics centers
should strive to be as healthy as the people who use them —
and green is the way to achieve that.”