Advocacy Committee Sets 2015 Strategy

Feb 24 2015

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USGBC Idaho Advocacy Committee – 2015 Strategy, Notes From Committee Chair Steve Benner

We had the kick-off meeting for 2015 with the Advocacy Committee on January 20, 2015 at the USGBC Idaho Chapter office. Most of the core group that has been meeting for several years was in attendance, and we had a lively discussion of issues to tackle this year.

Steve Benner offered to chair the group and led a discussion of possible areas of focus, including:


  • Energy Codes
  • Net metering and other utility issues including renewable energy
  • Legislation on the state and local levels that can promote green building
  • Multifamily housing including sustainability criteria and utility incentives
  • Incentives for green design
  • Indoor Environmental Quality


Committee members were asked to rank these issues based on their individual interests for our next meeting.  Another topic we discussed was collaboration with other groups with similar interests and compatible missions, on issues of common concern.

At our February 17th meeting we asked those in attendance to identify their top three issues for 2015.  These issues were ranked: first – Energy Codes; second – Utility Issues; third, Legislation; fourth, Multifamily Housing.  These are all issues we have worked on in the past, but with this ranking, we have a new focus to direct our energies.

We discussed collaboration with other allied groups, and identified the following groups as having similar interests and compatible missions regarding the issues we have targeted.

  • Snake River Alliance – advocacy for renewable energy
  • Idaho Conservation League – protecting Idaho’s environment and working to influence conservation policy.
  • Idaho Smart Growth – helping planners, individuals and communities to use planning tools to create safe and healthy communities.

Issue alert:
In the past, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC), had a rule that alternative energy developers could sign a 20-year contract to sell their power to Idaho utilities. Idaho Power Company is asking the PUC to reduce the length of future solar contracts to two years. There is concern among many groups and individuals that this rule would “effectively stop future solar energy projects.”

This is a complex issue, but one that will have far reaching effects.  The PUC will consider this issue in the coming weeks.  The Advocacy Committee will keep abreast of this issue and provide information on how to submit input and comments to the PUC.

We meet at noon on the third Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting will be March 17, at the USGBC Idaho Chapter office. You are always welcome to attend and we encourage you to get involved in these issues.

Steve Benner, Advocacy Committee Chair


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Board Elections and a New Year

Dec 23 2014

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2014 is winding down and 2015 is just around the corner and we want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a bright new year. Thanks so much for the support we have received this year which helped us have our most successful year to date!

Board applications have been submitted and we have 5 extremely qualified candidates running for a seat on the USGBC Idaho board for the 2015-2016 two year term. Check out the list of candidates and their bios and cast your vote for their election to the board. Current USGBC Idaho Chapter members can Click Here to Cast Your Vote. Elections will be open until Monday January 12th.

We are excited about our plans for programming and engagement in 2015 and will need lots of support to accomplish our goals of creating green building resources, providing education to the community, advocating for sustainable policies, and expanding our outreach to new audiences. Please let us know if you can get involved and contribute to our efforts to create a vibrant and sustainable future for the Gem State.

Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!



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Sustainability in the Built and Natural Environments at Greenbuild 2014

Nov 26 2014

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