Article written by Charlie Woodruff
Dear Green Building Supporter,
At USGBC Idaho we are working to catalyze the green building industry in Idaho. To us this is more than sharing information with the design, development, and construction professionals about how to make buildings healthier, efficient and more profitable. We are stimulating new models for development, spurring sustainable economic development for our communities, and working with the private and government sectors to develop solutions to environmental, economic, and social problems.
Our programs are having an impact in the community with support from our sponsors and partners. Some of the programs we’ve been focusing on include:
- The 2013 LEED Green Building Report for Idaho
- The Idaho Green Schools Challenge
- The Sustainable Energy Sustainable Homes Series
- The Green Building Lecture Series in partnership with the Integrated Design Lab and Idaho Power
- The Building a Greener Idaho radio show
- Organizing a pilot sustainable urban neighborhood in Boise
We also provide support and resources to developers, architects and construction firms working on green building projects and tell the story of how sustainable projects come together, save money or resources, and make people happier, healthier and more productive. In addition we’re working on public policy at many different levels to set the conditions to help green building and sustainable business practices thrive in the new economy.
This has been a great year 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 as we work to:
- Advocate for policies that support energy efficiency and green building practices
- 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!
Make a tax deductible gift today to help us transform the way we build our communities.
This year we brought on a full time Program Manager who has been a huge asset to our work. As a team we worked hard to put together a 2013 LEED Green Building Report for Idaho that discusses green building trends in our state with an accompanying interactive green building map. Our focus moving forward is to create Idaho specific resources backed up by actual projects, data, and information that will help accelerate the green development sector in our state.
The funding we received to help create the Program Manager position starts to taper off in 2014 and we are working hard to increase our fundraising at the end of this year to meet our targets and continue on with our improved staff capacity. We’re aiming to raise $25,000 by the end of the year and your contribution will help us achieve that goal.
Does your company need more reasons to support our work?
Supporting USGBC Idaho provides your company good exposure to our extensive network of “green minded” consumers and professionals who can quite often lead to more business referrals.
Supporting our work helps build a larger market for your sustainability-oriented business. We are in the business of educating the public, policy makers, and professionals about high performance building to create a broader market for services and products like your company provides. We are successful when the green building market gets stronger and bigger, which means more potential business for you.
Because, as a citizen and business person who knows that we have the ability as a society to build in a way that reduces our consumption of limited resources and can be a significant part ofthe solution to climate change, you want to support organizations who are working for that change.
When you give to a nonprofit organization like USGBC Idaho your customers see what kind of principles and philosophy you have as a company and that builds trust with the type of customers you have and want.
Donations of to the chapter can be mailed to:USGBC Idaho PO Box 626 Boise, ID 83701
Contact Executive Director Charlie Woodruff about our work or to make a tax deductible donation. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 871-4601. Thank you for your interest and support!
Article written by Kris Wilson
Kris Wilson is the newest edition to the USGBC Idaho Chapter. Kris brings a background in environmental resource protection, a diverse skill set and a motivation for promoting green building practices to the position. In 2000, Kris graduated summa cum laude with a Biological Resources degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He went on to work in climate change ecological impact and carbon cycle research. Since relocating to Idaho in 2008, Kris has worked in applied water resource conservation and as an administrator for energy efficiency, alternative energy, and economic revitalization projects in rural Idaho. He subsequently managed the Idaho Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund which finances environmental contamination clean up projects throughout the state. Most recently, Kris worked with Community Rebuilds, a Utah based affordable, sustainable housing organization that developed an award winning green building education and economic improvement program using straw bale construction techniques. We welcome Kris and look forward to his contributions as we transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated.
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Article written by Charlie Woodruff
USGBC Idaho is pleased to be presenting at this upcoming community event at the Egyptian Theater. Executive Director Charlie Woodruff will be giving a talk entitled “The Central Addition: A Neighborhood Approach to Building a Smarter more Resilient Boise one Neighborhood at a Time”. Join us to hear about the #CentralAddition and about 9 other great ideas to make Boise greener.