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April Chapter Champion – Leif Elgethun

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Association:         Site Based Energy     Leif

 

What is your background? 

I grew up in the Boise area before going to the University of Idaho to study chemical engineering.  I returned to Boise after a short stint in N. Idaho and joined the building industry to have a closer connection to the products I engineered and built.  I quickly found many flaws with the traditional building process and started looking for a better way to do it.  It was through that process that I found the USGBC as an organization that was creating an environment where those that knew we could do better were welcomed and allowed to shape the ongoing dialogue to make that happen.  I’ve spent the better part of the last 7 years doing my part to practice what I preach by focusing entirely on clean energy and sustainable buildings while dedicating as much of time to increasing the market demand and knowledge of those practices.

 

What role(s) have you taken part in for USGBC Idaho?  

I started off my work with the Chapter by helping to kick off and organize the Green LEEDers event and eventually ran that program for over 3 years.  My next role was Chair of the Advocacy Committee, where I helped grow the committee to over 12 volunteers, accomplishing several policy victories ranging from local reforms to statewide laws.  I then joined the Board of Directors and have served as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Board the past two years.

 

What got you interested in becoming involved with the USGBC Idaho Chapter?     

I’ve made it the goal of my life to leave the world in a better place than it currently exists.  I believe humanity’s impact on the environment has been largely negative over the past century and the next century will require humankind to repair and reorganize our allocation of resources.  The greatest need in this arena is the built infrastructure, which at its core is the interface of the human-environment duality.  In addition, buildings are the single largest category of energy use, which is interrelated in this paradigm shift.

 

How do you feel you have made a difference locally?           

I hope I’ve made a small dent in our communities interaction with the built infrastructure by increasing awareness of better buildings and clean energy, while advocating better policies that allow good folks to make better choices when they build and develop our community.

 

What would you most like to accomplish with your involvement in USGBC Idaho?           

My main goals since joining the USGBC Idaho have been to increase the chapter’s reach in the community, expand that presence across the state, and bring new stakeholders into the discussion of responsible development.  That requires a strong foundation for the chapter, which I believe has been built. The next phase is helping the chapter meet its mission and vision to create a sustainable built environment for all Idaho within a generation.

 

What advice would you give to others who are looking to get more involved with USGBC Idaho?

I would recommend getting involved at whatever level they are able to.  Whether that’s helping with an outreach event, taking registrations, joining a committee or the board, or simply becoming a member doesn’t really matter as there is a place for everyone to support our efforts to improve the world we live in.

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March Chapter Champion – Lindsay Erb

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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Name:  Lindsay Erb

 

Association (Company):  CTA, Inc.

 

What is your background? 

Masters of Architecture from the University of Idaho, 2002.  LEED AP, 2005. National Sustainable Building Advisor, 2010.  Licensed architect, 2010.

 

What role(s) have you taken part in for USGBC Idaho?

I joined chapter 7 years ago and was elected to the board of directors in 2006 and had three consecutive 2 year terms for a total of 6 very fulfilling years as a board member.  I have been the secretary, treasurer, and Chair.  I helped form the membership committee back during our major campaign to get committees established and active.  I chaired the Finance and Fundraising Committee during my stint as the treasurer and helped launch our Founding Sponsorship program and continue to help seek partners for the chapter.  I have been on several “task forces over my time on the board, the task force I am most proud of being a part of was the group who helped to hire our wonderful Executive Director, Charlie Woodruff.  Hiring a director was a major goal for our chapter and getting Charlie hired was a very rewarding event for us all!  Currently I am a part of the Program and Events Committee which is an amazing group of dedicated volunteers that like to have lots of fun while spreading the good word about our chapter and all things sustainable.

What got you interested in becoming involved with the USGBC Idaho Chapter?

Being involved in community events have always interested me and when I graduated architecture school I looked for something that matched my interests most which was sustainable building design and protecting our Idaho land.  The USGBC Idaho Chapter was a perfect fit.

 

How do you feel you have made a difference locally?

I have helped contributed to grow the chapter with sponsorship funding, helped recruit amazing volunteers that get stuff done, and tried to participate as much as possible with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

 

What would you most like to accomplish with your involvement in USGBC Idaho?

I would like to continue to support the chapter in funding efforts, help to bring inspirational speakers to Idaho, and continue to help out where needed.

 

What advice would you give to others who are looking to get more involved with USGBC Idaho?

Just do it!  It’s a great organization locally and nationally with a lot of opportunity to grow as an individual and professional.  The people involved are wonderful and dedicated to all things dealing with a healthier and more sustainable built environment.

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February Chapter Champion – Jen Ellis

Friday, February 1st, 2013

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Name:  Jennifer Ellis

Association:  Ellis Family, Program Manager and Domestic Engineer

What is your background? 

B.S. ChemE, M.S. EnvE, Hewlett Packard Boise:  Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing, Surface Mount Technology, Research and Development, Product Stewardship and Product Quality for HP LaserJet printers, print media and toner cartridges, Worldwide return and recycling for HP print cartridges.

What role(s) have you taken part in for USGBC Idaho?

Green Schools Advocacy Chair

What got you interested in becoming involved with the USGBC Idaho Chapter? 

I joined the Chapter after I was quite taken with Greenbuild 2005.  I remember reading somewhere in USGBC literature about the amount of electricity used in U.S. homes alone made up a significant amount of electricity used in the world every year.   I was hooked.

How do you feel you have made a difference locally? 

I would like to say that those who know me from my HP days and my friends have been enfluenced by my obession with recycling.  Even though I got teased for dumpster diving before and after meetings, I would often receive thank yous on the side or stopped in my tracks in the hallways with their own recycling stories.  It was very fun to hear they had started recycling.   I still get asked recycling questions from colleagues and friends and it’s fun.

For the future, I am hoping the Idaho Green Schools Challenge (first-ever this year)  makes a difference for kids in Idaho.   I am hoping it inspires students and educators alike to learn more about their immediate school environment and carve out what they want for their schools.   I hope they have fun greening their schools!

What would you most like to accomplish with your involvement in USGBC Idaho?

Create a successful Idaho Green Schools Challenge, put a feather in USGBC Idaho’s cap.

What advice would you give to others who are looking to get more involved with USGBC Idaho?

You don’t have to go big to be involved or volunteer for USGBC Idaho.  Focus on what you like to do and your skills and see if there is a fit with what USGBC needs or wants, even it is just a one time hour commitment.  I had considered working on LEED homes because I dream about my home green home.   I decided to work on the Green Schools Advocacy committee because I have two young children of my own and I knew their would be a good intersection in what I am up to these days and my personal interests.

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