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Dear Chapter Members:
It’s the time of year to elect new members to USGBC Idaho Chapter Board of Directors. We are looking for passionate professionals interested in helping us transform the built environment for benefit of our communities.
Directors serve two-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive terms. The chapter bylaws create a diverse and dynamic board, with about half of the seats coming up for election each year. The board meets monthly except during the summer months and the best attempt is made to accommodate board member’s schedules.
The Nominating Committee of the board requests nominations from chapter members in good standing. You may nominate yourself or someone else; nominees must complete the online application form in its entirety by no later than midnight on Monday, November 24. Direct questions about the application to email@example.com.
The Idaho Chapter will conduct the election via our Google Form Voting Booth. Voting will open on Tuesday, December 2nd, when the chapter will send voting instructions to all registered chapter members. All qualified candidates will be listed in the online voting booth, including all information from the nomination form. Elections will close on Tuesday, December 16.
More information on elections and the role of the USGBC Idaho Chapter Board of Directors is found in the chapter bylaws.
We hope that you will exercise your responsibility to help shape the chapter’s future by taking the time to consider the work of the board and vote!
Mark Fledderjohann and Doug Cooper
2015 Board Nominating Committee
Article written by Kris Wilson
Greenbuild 2014, USGBC’s annual green building conference, was hosted in New Orleans October 22-24, 2014. The experience of joining 25,000 people assembled in the Big Easy to learn, share and celebrate green building practices will likely stay fresh in the minds of the the Idaho chapter attendees for some time to come. “Green building is a movement” is the refrain that stands out in my mind. And what better place to be reminded of the power of the green building movement than the scene of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The storm struck in 2005 and took parts of New Orleans to it’s knees. Evidence of the the destruction and subsequent rebuilding is still plainly visible. Touring the lower 9th ward and nearby neighborhoods to view the rebuilding, one notices that the construction is decidedly green. Solar panels grace rooftops. Homes are built with small footprints elevated above flood level and low maintenance landscaping. Energy efficiency, water efficiency and green building materials dominate the design of the homes. Reclaimed building materials centers have sprung up to make use of the glut of available salvage material.
Beyond the buildings themselves, the idea that resiliency and green building practices are not just important, but imperative is prevalent in the Big Easy. Local architect firms put their top talent to work to ensure that their design was chosen for pilot rebuild projects. Design firms are using New Orleans as a laboratory to enhance their knowledge of resilient design to position themselves as global resilient design experts. Development companies have embraced green building practices in their projects. And the citizens of New Orleans are as proud of their vibrant city as ever.
We will always see news about disaster and devastation, though hopefully none of us will experience it first hand. However, there are powerful lessons embedded in losing everything and it is telling that people have repeatedly turned to green building in the wake of disaster. There is something important for all of us to learn in the fact that through the grounded lens of vulnerability, victims of disaster view the common sense approach of green building as the best option to regain long term security.
In addition to the organic resiliency theme provided by the rebuilding of New Orleans, some exciting new developments in the LEED rating system were unveiled at the conference. USGBC plans to roll out a new LEED rating system for utilities and will be incorporating new pilot social equity credits into the existing LEED rating system. Green power and green buildings for all. These developments point to USGBC’s commitment to continual improvement and maintaining a leadership role in the creation of our built environment.
Green building is a movement – a critical movement. Join in and help create a better world for everyone.
~ Kris Wilson, Program Manager USGBC Idaho