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Advocacy Committee Sets 2015 Strategy

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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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Sustainability in the Built and Natural Environments at Greenbuild 2014

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Call for 2015 Board Nominations

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

October, 2014

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

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


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