Is there a minimum project size?
There is no minimum project size per se, however; projects should be significant and meaningful to the community/non-profit organization that will benefit from your project. ASHRAE suggests chapters contact and work with their director and regional chair to review projects in regard to appropriate size, beneficiary and type so that there are no misunderstandings. It is recommended chapters start with a smaller project to gain experience before taking on larger and more complex projects. Chapter size and available resources available are certainly a consideration when deciding the size and scope of a project.
What counts toward 100 Presidential Award of Excellent (PAOE) points for publicity?
A single project can be promoted in the media in many ways, so chapters are encouraged to pursue using all the different types of media in publicity of their project.
For example, publication of a press release issued to local print media, i.e. newspapers, is worth 100 points. Send both the press release and an example where it was published to your director and regional chair (DRC) to claim the PAOE points (the DRC will enter these points).
Another example is setting up a Facebook page to publicize the project, including any fundraising events. That is also worth 100 points. To claim the points, simply send your DRC the link to the Facebook page.
Another example is using local radio stations to promote your project and fundraiser. Most local radio stations will read public service announcements (PSAs) on the air for free for non-profits. Simply write a PSA to promote your project and fundraiser and send it in to your local radio stations. This PSA is also worth 100 PAOE Points. Simply send the PSA to your DRC, along with a list of radio stations to which you sent it to claim your 100 PAOE points.
How do I claim my chapter’s 500 PAOE Points?
If you have questions about the Community Sustainability Project program or would like more information about a project, please contact Vickie Grant, manager of region activities, at email@example.com.