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Energy Efficiency & Sustainability in the Built Environment

Friday, February 1st, 2013

5You are invited to our upcoming Energy Efficiency & Sustainability in the Built Environment Meeting on March 1st at 10AM in the Banner Bank Building.
A recent national news article stated that “green” is not living up to its promises, pointing out that LEED certified buildings are, in many cases, performing worse than their non-LEED counterparts and cost more to construct.  However, the article does not solely point the finger at the design or construction; rather, it strongly implicates operations as the key culprit – the facility folks.
Now this does not mean that the A/Es, the GCs/CMs, or Owners are off the hook.  Rather this article reiterates the need for all project stakeholders from design to construction through operations to partner with each other and to learn from each other, so that the Owner can truly realize the performance designed and built into their building.
To bolster our discussions and knowledge sharing, the Northern Rockies Chapter of IFMA, in partnership with the USGBC Idaho Chapter, cordially invite you to join us March 1st at the Banner Bank Building for this time of learning and sharing.
There will be presentations from both USGBC and IFMA members and a roundtable discussion comprised of those who have designed, built, and operated green buildings.
This will be a great opportunity for our respective members to learn from each other – Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Facility Managers alike will be able to share their successes, headaches, and lessons learned from project development, construction, and operations.
Come join us as we tackle this problem head-on!
Friday March 1, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM MST (Lunch is included) 

Banner Bank Building – 2nd Floor Conference Room
950 W Bannock St.
Boise, ID 83702


For more information click HERE

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Greenbuild 2012 – Suzie Hall, LEED AP ID+C, ASID

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Greenbuild 2012
By Suzie Hall, LEED AP ID+C, ASID


I try to attend Greenbuild every year as a design professional, but this year I felt the tug of my chapter board commitment calling me to participate in the Chapter Forum Day, held the day before the opening plenary in San Francisco. I was energized by the enthusiasm and buzz in the room as chapter leaders from across North America gathered to share experiences, learn from each other, hear from USGBC National leadership, and consider exciting new efforts and programs.


At the Chapter Day, Rick Fedrizzi gave an educational speech about LEED v4 and the reasons why they held back the release date, mainly because things were just moving too quickly. He gave a HUGE thank you to USGBC staff and chapter leaders, and encouraged us to keep pushing forward! Kimberly Lewis presented her 2013 Priorities for Chapters: 1. LEED and Performance 2. State and local advocacy 3. Organization excellence 4. Green Schools 5. Community Engagement. She also reminded us that we are all one big “USGBC family.” I also received some great personal encouragement and sparks that I’ll be sharing through my board involvement this coming year.

I spent the rest of the week focusing on the great educational sessions that Greenbuild always offers, mostly following the interior design and commercial real estate tracks. I began with “Everything you wanted to know about green leases but were too afraid to ask,” presented by a real estate broker, an attorney and a professional from the Institute for Market Transformation. Talk about a powerhouse presentation! It’s always motivating to hear from professionals in bigger markets who are truly implementing green building practices. I took copious notes during this session and hope to share the information with my commercial real estate clients.

Other sessions covered the topics of High Performance Buildings, Innovations for Affordability and Accessibility, Occupants and Energy Reduction, and Defining the Business Case for High-Performance Build-Outs. I encourage anyone who is committed to sustainability, green design and environmentally responsible living to attend Greenbuild in Philadelphia next year! Oh, and did I mention a private concert by Train that rocked the house? Definitely a worthwhile treat.


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Chapter Seeking Nominations for the Board of Directors

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

November 13, 2012

Dear Chapter Members:

It’s the time of year to elect new members to USGBC Idaho Chapter Board of Directors. 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 Nominating Committee of the board requests nominations from chapter members in good standing. You may nominate yourself or someone else; nominees must complete the USGBCID Board Application form 2013 in its entirety and sign and submit it by email no later than midnight on Wednesday, November 21. Send completed applications to

The Idaho Chapter will conduct the election via the USGBC On-Line Voting Booth.  Voting will open on Monday, November 26, 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. The Nominating Committee will also present its slate of candidates for the open seats at that time.  Elections will close on Friday, December 21.

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!


Scot Oliver, Lindsay Erb and Leif Elgethun
2012 Board Nominating Committee

USGBC Idaho Chapter seeking Board Nominations 2013

USGBCID Board Application form 2013


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