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Education Committee

The mission of the USGBC Hawaii Education Committee is to educate industry, business, government and the general public about best practices in green building and associated sustainability fields by providing educational opportunities to our chapter members and to the public at large. The Education Committee accomplishes this by organizing and hosting educational events such as workshops, presentations and webinars in fields such as green building, energy management, renewable energy and building science.

Christie Fong, Committee Chair

Emerging Professionals Committee

We are engaging emerging local professionals as a point of entry to professional involvement in sustainability and green building in Hawaii. Emerging Professionals (EPs) are USGBC members out of school, under the age of 35, who play an important role within this community. As the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement, EPs provide USGBC communities with new volunteers who can continue the legacy of yesterday and today’s community leaders. EPs build the bench for USGBC communities. The EP program benefits all stakeholders: EPs, their employers, USGBC community leaders, schools and universities.

Ian Tierney and Andrew Crossland, Co-Chairs

Green Schools Committee

USGBC Hawaii's Green Schools Committee raises community awareness about the benefits of green schools by working with parents and teachers, students and school boards, administrators and city officials. They host community events in cities and towns, connect with elected officials, provide technical expertise, share their initiatives with the media and much more.

Working together, the Center for Green Schools and the community Green Schools Committees are equipping, empowering and engaging communities in the green schools movement.

Connect with the committee

Green Schools Committees are taking on a variety of initiatives, and as a result are attracting members from across their communities. These volunteers are architects, designers and building engineers, as well as educators, environmental advocates, local business owners and parents.

You can join our Green Schools Committee to raise awareness in their communities; share strategies, resources and best practices; tour green building projects; and more. 

Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance (EBOM) Committee

Hawaii USGBC Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance Committee works to advocate for, collaborate with and educate on (ACE) design strategies and best management practices (BMPs) for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings to the design professionals, the building industry, building owners and the public for Hawaii's unique environment.

Our vision is to transform the way buildings are operated and maintained in order to reduce their energy and water consumption, waste generation, carbon footprint and operating expenses, while also increasing the buildings' value and creating healthier, more productive spaces for their occupants.

Objectives of the committee

The built environment is responsible for over one-third of the world's energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and one of USGBC’s overarching goals is to change this fact! To achieve this goal, the stated mission of USGBC is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

To help USGBC achieve our broader goal, USGBC Hawaii must do more to help advance change within the existing built environment. Thus far, USGBC has had tremendous achievement within the designed and build communities, yet 99 percent of the nation's building stock is made up of structures that are already built or near completion. It is clear that there is great opportunity in improving the operational performance of existing buildings. The cost to implement such projects can be justified by potential in return on investment through decreases in operating expenses.

Preliminary research has also indicated that green buildings may benefit from enhanced lease-up rates, improved rental premiums, reduced vacancy, increased appeal to occupants and, ultimately, improved terminal property value. However, renovations of existing buildings can be complex, costly and time-consuming. In making these upgrades, many corporations and institutions will pursue certifications, like LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (O+M) and Energy Star, while others will seek to improve their building operations without third-party certifications.

Ryan Rutenschroeher and Greg Wong, Co-Chairs

Advocacy Committee

USGBC is recognized as a national organization promoting the use of sustainable building practices. With its national resources, USGBC has helped author legislation in other jurisdictions across the United States. USGBC has also contributed to authoring some of the building codes and green building standards that are in use in major jurisdictions across the U.S.

The USGBC Hawaii Advocacy Committee continues to advocate for sustainable building practices to be accepted within Hawaii’s regulatory environment. This effort involves both the legislative and administrative environments of the state.

Legislative interaction will involve continuous dialogue with key lawmakers who share a passion for sustainable building implementation. Administrative interaction is a heavily involved process consisting of regular attendance at the State Building Code Council (SBCC) regular meetings and investigative committee meetings. The SBCC meetings provide a forum for many of the building industry stakeholders to gather, along with county building officials, to move forward with updates to the building codes.

Sherman Wong and Lauren Roth-Venu, Co-Chairs