USGBC Idaho: 2016 Board and Committees | U.S. Green Building Council
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Boards and committees are important to the work USGBC Idaho does to advance sustainability in the built environment. Our staff, board, volunteers and members work to accelerate the implementation of healthy and sustainable building practices in the Gem State.

2016 Market Leadership Advisory Board: Members

  • Scott Hopkins, LEED AP, Chair, CSHQA Architectural and engineering firm
  • Holly Knoeller, Treasurer, 43 Degrees North Real Estate
  • Wendy Shrief, Secretary, Horrocks Engineers
  • Doug Cooper, Ex Oficio, LEED AP, McKibben-Cooper Architects
  • Rebecca Bundy, LEED AP, City of Ketchum
  • Emily Baker, Gallatin Public Affairs
  • Jerry Peterson, Idaho Division of Building Safety
  • Sondra Miller, Boise State University College of Engineering
  • Karena Gilbert, Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate
  • Richard Dykstra, AAIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, CTA Architects & Engineers

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee’s mission is to help transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling a healthy, environmentally and socially environment that improves the quality of life. To join or learn more, contact Kris Wilson.

Advocacy Committee goals:

  1. Increase awareness of better, higher-performing buildings and communities.
  2. Promote sound governmental policy that encourages market adoption of sustainable planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment.
  3. Increase interorganizational cooperation between similarly focused groups in Idaho and the Northwest.
  4. Increase educational opportunities for K-12, secondary, professionals, and policymakers.
  5. Increase professional participation statewide by working with the membership committee.

Green Schools Committee

The Green Schools Committee works to advance best-in-class sustainability practices and strategies in Idaho’s schools so they’re better for the environment and healthier for those who learn, work and play inside them every day. Green schools improve teacher retention, providing financial savings and offer hands-on learning opportunities.

The committee provides lawmakers with information and support for green schools legislation, along with informational presentations and support to school districts. It informs superintendents on recent activities involving schools and offers teachers ideas and resources for developing green curriculum programs.

Our programs include the Idaho Green Schools Challenge and the Green Apple Day of Service.

In 2015, USGBC Idaho initiated the formation of a statewide Idaho Green Schools Coalition based on three leadership pillars:

  1. Reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation;
  2. Improving the health and wellness of students and staff, including environmental health, nutrition and fitness; and
  3. Providing effective sustainability education, including robust environmental education that engages STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Our initial coalition partnership between the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute and USGBC Idaho was a success. The partnership increased Green Schools Challenge participation substantially and allowed each organization to further their mission.

For more information, please contact Kris Wilson.

ADVANCE Committee

ADVANCE is a framework to increase access to resources and expertise for new, underserved and underrepresented audiences to expand access to green building for all. ADVANCE is built to meet organizations and communities wherever they are on the path to sustainability and assist them along that path.

Through a series of launch events and follow-through activities, community partner organizations work collaboratively with the USGBC community to advance energy, resource and health performance in the places they occupy.

ADVANCE progresses through four phases: START, PLAN, FOCUS, and LEAD.

  1. A values-based dialogue and assessment of people and resources begins in the START phase.
  2. The PLAN phase engages key decision makers within the organization to define performance goals and identify appropriate strategies to meet these goals.
  3. Through the FOCUS phase, strategies are implemented one-by-one and supported by targeted tools such as building operations worksheets and tools like ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. As progress is made, some organizations may become eligible to pursue leadership marks such as ENERGY STAR Certification or LEED for Existing Buildings.
  4. To achieve these certifications and celebrate success, the LEAD phase engages green professionals in experiential learning opportunities like USGBC San Diego’s Green Assistance Program and the LEED Hack-A-Thons

USGBC Idaho seeks motivated green building professionals interested in experiential learning to help deliver the benefits of green building practices to underserved and underrepresented audiences. Do you have what it takes to ADVANCE Idaho? Contact ADVANCE Ambassador Jen Pascoe to learn more.

Membership Engagement Committee

The Membership Engagement Committee coordinates membership recruitment and retention by organizing networking activities, and promoting chapter events and initiatives.

The committee’s primary task is to help plan and execute the annual USGBC Idaho membership social. For more information, please contact Charlie Woodruff.

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