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May 1 2014

Article written by Charlie Woodruff

May, 2014

Dear USGBC Idaho supporter,

As we work to catalyze the green building industry here in Idaho I ask that you  support our efforts to drive innovation in the design, development, construction, operations and financing sectors to build a more resilient and prosperous Idaho.

This has been a productive year and a half for the chapter and we are excited about the opportunities to advance green building in Idaho ahead of us. Join us in creating a sustainable future for Idahoans as we work to:

  • Advocate for policies that support energy efficiency and green building practicesGrace Jordan with kids upload
  • Engage K-12 students to make their schools more sustainable through the Idaho Green Schools Challenge
  • Educate professionals and the public about the benefits and how-to of high performance and healthy buildings and homes
  • Develop Idaho specific resources to make the business case for sustainable development and green building
  • Drive innovation through neighborhood scale sustainability planning

Please join us in transforming our built environment in Idaho to save money, create jobs, improve human health and productivity, and reduce our environmental impact. Support our Work Today!

Last June we brought on a full time Program Manager position who has been a huge asset to our 2013Reportwork. The Program Manager position helped us produce the 2013 LEED Green Building Report for Idaho that discusses trends in our state with an accompanying interactive green building map. Our focus moving forward is really to create Idaho specific resources that will help accelerate the green development sector in our state.

CA EcoDistrict HeaderWe’ve also been focusing a lot of our time and resources on organizing a neighborhood approach to sustainability for the Central Addition in Boise. We recently produced an overview piece on our proposed Central Addition EcoDistrict and are gaining momentum around this initiative as we formulate a team of people from the City of Boise, Idaho Power, the development sector, and the Integrated Design Lab to participate in an EcoDistrict incubator training program in Portland to work with other teams from around the country working on similar initiatives. 

Thank you for your interest and support for USGBC Idaho’s work. We are only as strong as the PEOPLE who lend their passion and commitment to our mission to transform the built environment here in Idaho.

Charlie WoodruffCharlie-Woodruff
Executive Director
USGBC Idaho Chapter



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Resilient Cities – 2014 Idaho Law Review Symposium

Apr 4 2014

Article written by Kris Wilson

The logo for 2014 Idaho Law Review Symposium: Reselient Cities


2014 Law Review Symposium Hosted by the University of Idaho College of Law

April 4, 2014
Idaho Water Center
322 E Front St.
Boise, Idaho

The 2014 University of Idaho Law Review symposium will focus on defining city resilience, as well as cutting-edge, non-traditional legal approaches to implementing environmental and social projects that promote city resilience.

Preview the symposium with an interview with symposium contributors Tony Arnold and Barbara Cosens on this week’s Building a Greener Idaho radio show.

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Idaho Green Schools Challenge Winners Announced

Apr 3 2014

Article written by Kris Wilson

Second Annual Idaho Green Schools Challenge Winners Announced

Cash prizes and trophies were awarded  Feb. 28th

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BOISE, Idaho, February 28, 2014 – On February 28, 2014, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Idaho Chapter announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Idaho Green Schools Challenge. Awards were presented at the Idaho Environmental Education Association Annual Conference luncheon by members of USGBC Idaho and Wells Fargo representatives.

USGBC Idaho Chapter and Wells Fargo launched the first annual Idaho Green Schools Challenge in 2012 to empower students and communities to be better environmental stewards starting with their own schools.

Awards 2Now in its second year, the competition is open to Idaho K-12 public or private schools, classes or groups. Participants form a Green Team and develop a project to green their school. The goal of the project is to save energy and other resources, lower operating costs, and positively impact their school community. One entry is allowed per school. Green Teams are encouraged to create a low-cost or no-cost project that begins in September and concludes by February. Cash awards and trophies are presented to the top elementary, middle/junior and senior high schools.

Green School trophy

This year’s Green Schools Challenge award winners were Grace Jordan Elementary in Boise and Sandpoint High School in north Idaho. Each winning school took away a $1,500 cash prize and a trophy locally fabricated out of recycled materials.

“Wells Fargo’s commitment to education and the environment makes supporting the Idaho Green Schools Challenge a natural decision,” said Don Melendez, president for Wells Fargo Idaho Regional Banking. “This is a thoughtful investment in our local communities, where our team members and customers live and work. We’re very proud to encourage and help develop environmental stewardship in our schools.”

“When you realize high-performance ‘green’ school buildings typically use 33% less energy and 32% less water than conventionally constructed schools, it’s a wake-up call for those with tight operational budgets,” says Jennifer Ellis, the USGBC Idaho Green Schools Advocate. “Often substantial operational and cost improvements start with a small change, such as a ‘computer shutdown at night campaign’ or a change to more efficient light bulbs. It really is a joy to see the kids learning, making their school better and having fun at the same time. We want Idaho students, educators, and administrators to think analytically about how ‘green’ is their classroom and expand it across their entire campus. We want to encourage high performance buildings, healthy learning environments and inspire students to embrace environmental systems thinking. It starts with the Idaho Green Schools Challenge.”


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