U.S. Senate Expresses Support for USA Science & Engineering Festival; Designates April 21-27, 2014 as “National Science and Technology Week”
“If our nation is to remain a leader in scientific research, innovation, and the development of new technologies, the next generation of American workers must be better educated and more skilled – especially in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). Coons, along with a bipartisan group of eight other Senators, introduced a resolution that was passed in the Senate earlier this week which expressed support for the goals and ideals of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and designates April 21-27 as “National Science and Technology Week”.
The text of the resolution can be found at http://beta.congress.gov/crec/2014/01/07/CREC-2014-01-07-pt1-PgS70.pdf
Building Energy Disclosure & Benchmarking Policies to be Discussed at ASHRAE Winter Conference
Building energy benchmarking and disclosure policies are among the hottest energy efficiency topics at the state and local levels, but what is ASHRAE’s role in this area, how does the Society’s Building Energy Quotient program fit in, and what do state benchmarking and disclosure policies really look like?
Get answers to these questions at the “Implementing Benchmarking and Energy Use Disclosure Policy” Workshop 3 being held at ASHRAE’s Winter Conference in New York City. The Workshop will be held on Sunday, January 19 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.. Full information on the Workshop, including how to register for ASHRAE’s Conference, can be found at https://www.ashrae.org/newyork.
DOE to Hold Better Buildings Summit in May; Registration Opens in February
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a national summit that brings together stakeholders in the public, private, commercial, industrial, and multifamily sectors to focus on best practices for overcoming market barriers to and spur investment in energy efficiency.
The summit will be held in Washington, DC from May 7 to 9, 2014. For additional information, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/summit/.
Grassroots Government Affairs Activity
The Grassroots Government Affairs Manager position has been filled in the ASHRAE Government Affairs Office. Jim Scarborough, who managed ASHRAE’s certification programs, was selected to fill this position and began his new responsibilities on December 23. Jim has been with ASHRAE since October 2012 and brings with him an impressive resume. Born and raised in Maryland, Jim moved to North Carolina for college and graduate school. Immediately after graduate school, Jim went to work on NC Governor Jim Hunt’s staff for 4 years. Jim also has 16 years of association management experience and almost 30 years of non-profit management experience in North Carolina and DC.
Finally, Jim served for four years as President and Chief Elected Officer of an international non-profit certification organization, the world’s largest in the field of substance use disorders (which was based out of DC). He has created and managed budgets and represented his affiliated organizations to legislative and executive branch agencies as well as to other boards and the public at large. All of these skills are essential and will be well utilized to ensure ASHRAE’s Grassroots programs are successful in the coming years. Jim can be reached at email@example.com and 202-833-1830.