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Meet USGBC Idaho’s new Program Manager Kris Wilson

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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. Kris in front of tree -cropped


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Intro to Photovoltaics- Sustainable Energy Sustainable Homes Series

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Introduction to Photovoltaics
7pm to 9pm, Thursday April 11
Univ of Idaho Integrated Design Lab
306 S. 6th Boise (6th and Myrtle)

We are blessed with terrific annual solar resource here in the Treasure Valley. Residential photovoltaic (PV) electrical systems can provide much of the yearly electrical energy for many homeowners. We’ll start with why PV systems make sense for the environmentally conscious homeowner. We will explain how PV systems work. We will cover system size, location, and orientation rules of thumb. We will explore PV technology: PV panels, system design, and inverters. We will talk about Net Metering and the changes proposed by Idaho Power. We will take a look at residential PV as an investment and close with some things to remember.

Thanks to these series sponsors:

Green Remodeling
Johnson Brothers
Renewable Energy Solutions
Snake River Alliance

And special thanks to the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab for the venue.


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Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

With generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to offer a grant program that recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities.  The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies who choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.


A review committee of industry leaders will award ten LEED-ND registered projects with an Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant. Each grant award includes:

  • A $25,000 cash award, to be used to pursue LEED-ND certification;
  • Refunded LEED-ND project registration fee by GBCI;
  • $300 discount on national membership to the U.S. Green Building Council;
  • One LEED-ND Reference Guide;
  • One registration for a LEED-ND online training/webinar;
  • Registration for one LEED-ND workshop;
  • Access to USGBC technical assistance and monthly conference calls;
  • One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit in San Francisco, CA.

Applications for the 2012 grant period will be accepted from May 24 to August 10. The electronic application form includes detailed instructions and eligibility requirements for applicants. Any questions and completed applications can be directed to


For more information click HERE.


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