USGBC National Capital Region: Join a volunteer committee at the February meeting
Looking for an opportunity to become more involved with promoting sustainability in the Washington, D.C., area? USGBC National Capital Region volunteer committees work year-round to make the D.C. region a greener, healthier place to live, work and play.
Right now is an excellent time to get involved, because many committees are just ramping up their plans for 2016. The first step to getting involved is to contact the committee chair and attend a meeting. The list below, which includes committee contacts, upcoming meeting times and current initiatives, should help you get started.
If you have questions about a specific committee, the best thing to do is contact that committee’s chair directly. If you have questions about our committees generally, please contact Suzi Warren.
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Committee co-chairs: Corrie Weikle, Steven Winter Associates, and Eric Harting, Siemens
What this committee is about: The Community Committee organizes service projects and local and national advocacy initiatives.
Current initiatives: The Community Committee is currently planning its activities for 2016, which will likely include a continuation of our work with the Capital Area Food Bank, home of the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project.
Next meeting: Wednesday, February 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Committee co-chairs: Keith Glassbrook, Capital E, and Austin Leopold, Transwestern
What this committee is about: The Emerging Professionals are our dedicated members under the age of 30. They primarily organize service and educational opportunities for their members.
Current initiatives: The EPs are currently planning 2016 events, such as their upcoming round table with the NCR Board in March.
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Committee co-chairs: Ami Kelly, GHT Limited, and Cynthia Marks, Siemens
What this committee is all about: The Membership Committee coordinates membership recruitment, organizes networking activities and promotes chapter events and initiatives through our website and social media.
Current initiatives: The Membership Committee is planning a series of member appreciation events that will be held quarterly and are free or almost free to members. They also conduct individual outreach to new members, welcoming them to USGBC National Capital Region.
Next meeting: Wednesday, February 10, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Committee chair: Julia Craighill, Ensight Consulting
What this committee is about: The Education Committee plans, coordinates and executes targeted educational programs to provide for membership and the greater Washington, D.C., community.
Current initiatives: The Education Committee is in the process of solidifying its 2016 programming, which will focus on resilience, LEED v4 and the relationship between well-being and the built environment.
Montgomery County Branch
Next meeting: Friday, February 12, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Committee chair: Dan Coffey, Therrien Waddell Construction
What this committee is all about: The chapter’s Montgomery County Branch offers locally relevant education events, networking/social gatherings and tours of LEED-certified buildings in the county. It also tracks local advocacy issues.
Current initiatives: The branch is currently planning its upcoming Montgomery County Energy Summit.
Green Schools Committee
Committee co-chairs: Amber Wirth, HKS Architects, and Emily Curley, AtSite Inc.
Current initiatives: The Green Schools Committee has just started the process of planning the 2016 Green Schools Summit. This includes finding a venue, sponsors and speakers and developing the theme of the conference.