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Become an ASHRAE Champion
This is a key period for ASHRAE, engaging with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government on a global basis. It is vital that a network of active engineer-advocates exists worldwide to impress upon decision-makers how their choices will impact society – and HVAC&R professionals specifically – and create a sustainable built environment.
Know an ASHRAE Champion? ASHRAE recognizes a member or team of members annually who excel in government advocacy at the Chapter level. Nominate that ASHRAE member or team today by using the application for the Grassroots Government Advocacy Award found below:
Grassroots Government Advocacy Award Criteria and Application >>
ASHRAE Member GGAC Accomplishments & Activities
ASHRAE’s members are inspiringly active, educating government officials on the Society’s positions, technical knowledge, research, products, and services. Below is a small sample of recent activities.
- 9 Proclamations/Statements of Support for ASHRAE and National Engineers Week obtained by Chapters
- ASHRAE Vice President Chuck Gulledge met with his US Senators and Representative to discuss high performance green buildings issues, building energy codes, and energy legislation.
- Mr. Gulledge also presented on a Congressional briefing hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy on “The Role of Benchmarking, Transparency and Codes in Driving a More Efficient Built Environment”.
- President David Underwood and GGAC Responsive Engagement Subcommittee Rob Craddock met with the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
- GGAC is finalizing a brochure for the new Canadian government that will introduce ASHRAE and its members as a resource, and will be used as a template for similar documents in other countries.
- Sections of Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems were incorporated into emergency legislation in New York City in response to the legionella outbreak in the City. Adoption of the full Standard 188 is being considered by New York State and City.
- The Government of Dubai (United Arab Emirates) announced that ASHRAE’s Building Energy Assessment Professional Certification has been accredited for the performance of energy audits. Region-at-Large RVC and GGAC member Ahmed Alaa Eldin Mohamed was very involved in this effort.
- Montreal Chapter was consulted and participated in the new building energy efficiency law for the province of Quebec to be instated in 2017. ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program was introduced.
- Quebec Chapter met with government agencies and ministries on code issues and bEQ.
- Central Oklahoma Chapter and Northeastern Oklahoma Chapter partnered for a Day on the Hill.
- Central Arizona Chapter and Tucson Chapter partnered for a Day on the Hill.
- Philadelphia Chapter had a Chapter meeting with the City of Philadelphia’s Sustainability Officer.
- North Piedmont Chapter had Nancy Hoffman, a member of the Greensboro City Council, speak at its February Chapter meeting.
- Randy Jones of the Charleston, South Carolina Chapter has been appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the ASHRAE representative on the Sustainability Construction Advisory Committee.
- So Cal Chapter met with the Mayor Santa Barbara.
- Manitoba Chapter held several meetings with government Building Program offices.
- A building code official serves as the GGAC Chair for one of ASHRAE’s Florida Chapters.
- Central Florida Chapter worked with the City of Orlando and Orange County on their Building Energy & Water Disclosure Ordinance.
- Brasil Chapter organizing an event in early 2016 involving the Brasilian government and ASHRAE members to promote government interaction and collaboration.
- Issued two Action Alerts to US-based ASHRAE members opposing the inclusion of harmful building energy codes language in congressional energy legislation. A total of 987 letters were sent by ASHRAE members to their US House Representatives in response to these Alerts, demonstrating strong member engagement.
- Succeeded in updating the reference standard in the 179D Commercial Building Tax Deduction from ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001 to Standard 90.1-2007, and extending the deduction until December 31, 2016. This is now federal law.
- President-Elect Tim Wentz met with his US Senators, Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), and staff for his US House of Representatives member, Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1). Mr. Wentz discussed ASHRAE’s Public Policy Priorities, the Society’s opposition to harmful building energy codes language, ASHRAE’s involvement with indoor environmental quality, and the use of Standard 189.1 by the US Department of Defense, among other things.
- These meetings went very well, and Mr. Wentz subsequently held a follow-up meeting with local staff from Senator Fischer’s office to further discuss how ASHRAE and the Senator can help each other achieve common objectives.
- Opposed HB 583 in North Carolina, which would have required publication of all of the North Carolina building code online for free and downloadable to the public – a violation of ASHRAE copyright. The Society’s efforts were done in collaboration with the International Code Council.
- Supported House Bill 1645 in Pennsylvania, which would reform the code review and adoption process in Pennsylvania. Currently the PA code revision and adoption process has essentially stopped any updating of codes in this state.
- Supported the City of Austin Texas’ plan to adopt ASHRAE Standard 90.1 by reference as its commercial building energy code.
Current Government Activities
GGAC Toolkits and Presentations
Did you know that:
- the pipeline of talent feeding the HVAC&R field is in danger of being closed even further through short-sighted state government regulation?
- opportunities for more business in the development of sustainable buildings are being missed?
- standards crafted by you and your colleagues are being passed over in favor of less prescriptive (and less beneficial to the profession) measures?
A new standing committee beginning in Society Year 2013-14, the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee (GGAC) wants members at all levels of ASHRAE to be a part of this new and exciting program. In Society Year 2015-16, the Advocacy Committee and the Grassroots Government Activities Committee merged into the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee, bringing all of ASHRAE’s government affairs under one umbrella.
For more information, see the resources listed below:
- GGAC Governing Documents
- Public Policy Resources
- ASHRAE Policies
Also, should you be interested in being a GGAC leader in your chapter or section, please contact Jim Scarborough, Manager of Grassroots Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate communication with the Regional Vice Chair for GGAC in your region, a list of whom are provided below.
Government Advocacy Award
- Tom Phoenix, Chair
- Jim Wolf, 1st Vice Chair
- Chad Moore, 2nd Vice Chair
- Sheila Hayter, ExO/Society Treasurer
- Bill Klock, ExO
- Bjarne Olesen, CO
- Isabel LaVoie, Members Council Rep
- William McQuade, PubEd Council Rep
- Wane Baker, TechC Rep
- Vikram Murthy, Communications Coordinator
- Jaap Hogeling, Consultant
- Eduardo Conghos
- Richard Hayter
- T. Randall Jones
- T. David Underwood
Regional Vice Chairs
- Richard Vehlow, Region I
- Ronald Gagnon, Region II
- Michael Witkowski, Region III
- Jeffrey Vestal, Region IV
- Sonya Pouncy, Region V
- Chad Powell, Region VI
- __________, Region VII
- Daniel Merkel, Region VIII
- Michael Mueller, Region IX
- David Palty, Region X
- Jeffrey Hurd, Region XI
- Nathaniel Boyd, Region XII
- Vorasen Leewattanakit, Region XIII
- Maged Fouad, Region At Large
- Jim Scarborough
- Mark Ames
The Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee at the conclusion of its inaugural meeting, New York City, Winter Meeting January 2014
The Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee page >>