Each spring, USGBC North Carolina mobilizes its membership base to demonstrate the value and importance of our state’s diverse green building industry. Each year’s Advocacy Day draws volunteers from across the state to converge in Raleigh, the state capital, for meetings with elected officials. On May 4, over a dozen dedicated volunteers joined us for our 2016 Advocacy Day in Raleigh. We had thoughtful, positive exchanges with a number of elected officials and stressed the need for policies that help expand our green building industry in North Carolina.
To prepare our volunteers to effectively communicate their message, Christina Kuo, State and Local Campaign Manager with USGBC, traveled to North Carolina to facilitate two local training sessions for members. During her visit, she met with volunteers from across the state in Raleigh and in Winston-Salem. Kuo stressed the importance of Lobby Days, especially at the state and local government levels.
“Advocacy isn’t about having nuanced policy discussion, it is about showing up and building relationships," says Kuo. "Once you’ve done those two well, then the policy conversations and successes become much easier.”
We were also joined by Michael O’Brien and Lauren Moss of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), who plan on engaging their diverse membership next year.
Thank you to all our USGBC North Carolina leaders for taking time to spread this important message. We hope to see you at our 2017 Advocacy Day!
To learn more about volunteer opportunities in advocacy with USGBC North Carolina, please email us.