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  • 13 Nov 2014 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for a volunteer opportunity in Tucson?  We have several volunteer positions available.  The Sonoran Branch is teaming up with the ASHRAE Tucson Chapter for their annual Building Industry Tradeshow and is looking for volunteers to help with the planning effort.   Volunteer roles include; coordination with exhibitors, generating print and slideshow content, registration management, and more.   If you are interested please contact Rebecca Callimanis at:

  • 24 Oct 2014 4:41 PM | Anonymous


    Click to register for the December 5 ENERGY STAR training session
    for K-12 school district employees.

    Download the flyer.

  • 21 Oct 2014 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    Elect the 2015 USGBC Board of Directors - Your vote counts!

    The USGBC national Board of Directors election period is now open. Have you cast your vote?

    Each year, USGBC members have a unique opportunity to shape USGBC's future by electing its national Board members. Your vote is critical and it influences key decisions about how USGBC serves you, educates the industry, and advances the mission.

    A minimum of 10% of USGBC member organizations must vote. That's why it's especially important for you to take a moment to vote.

    USGBC elections follow proportional voting, so every full-time employee of a USGBC member organization is eligible to vote. By voting today, you ensure that the USGBC Board continues to represent our organization's diverse, strategic interests.

    After a competitive evaluation process, the following candidates have been selected to run in the election for the five open elected seats on the 2015 USGBC Board of Directors.

    2015 Candidates for the Board of Directors

  • 08 Oct 2014 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    Annually in October the ADEQ Office of Children’s Environmental Health assembles an online Children’s Environmental Health Calendar with daily tips and activities on how to reduce children’s exposure to environmental health hazards. The interactive Calendar will be posted on the ADEQ web site and available for download. Please visit us at  Viewer Tip:  Take Action! You can protect children’s health by participating in one or more of the daily Children’s Health tips.  How many tips can you follow in 31 days?  

    Click here to download the calendar with daily tips and links to helpful resources.

  • 17 Sep 2014 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    USGBC Arizona Chapter Green Champion Jason Laros

    Jason Laros has been working on energy efficiency in Tucson since he was an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. As an intern and later as an employee at Al Nichols Engineering, Jason helped develop many local energy and sustainability projects. He spent several years monitoring energy and water audits of the community of Civano to help develop the Sustainable Energy Standard in Tucson. He went on to co-author Inside the Civano Project: A Case Study of Large-Scale Sustainable Neighborhood Development,” a book on the process of planning and building the first Tucson community based on sustainability and solar energy use. In the midst of the Civano project, Jason became one of the founding members of the Southern Branch (now the Sonoran Branch) of USGBC – Arizona, and he served as the first chair of the branch’s membership committee. 

    After devoting himself to energy managment in the private and nonprofit worlds, Jason has moved into the government arena. In January, he became the energy manager for the City of Tucson. Along with other City employees, Jason now is working to create an electronic system to monitor and ultimately reduce the City’s energy use, potentially saving the City millions of dollars and reducing its carbon footprint.

    Jason is a LEED AP O+M and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). He also has a master’s degree in project management. Now, as he has throughout his career, Jason is working to help Tucsonans understand how energy efficiency can impact their community and protect the environment. As a token of our appreciation of his long commitment to USGBC and sustainability, we are happy to announce that Jason is our Green Champion of the Month.

    Nominated by Pamela Portwood

  • 16 Sep 2014 7:50 PM | Anonymous

     USGBC AZ Awards $7,500 to Sixteen K-12 Green Apple Day of Service Projects

    The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.

    Over 40 Arizona schools will celebrate the third international Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, September 27 by building gardens, installing water harvesting and composting systems, planting native seeds, promoting solar energy, creating habitats for birds, bees and butterflies, implementing recycling programs, beautifying school grounds and doing more to make local schools healthier and more productive places for students to learn. Students, teachers, parents and community volunteers will all come together on a single day to help make these school projects a reality.

    U.S. Green Building Council - Arizona awarded $7,500 in grants to sixteen Arizona K-12 schools for their 2014 Green Apple Day of Service projects in the belief that “Where we learn matters.” The grant winners included public, charter and online schools from eleven cities and towns and three counties. Funding was provided by the Arizona Chapter, Central Branch and Sonoran Branch of USGBC AZ with support from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Green Sports Alliance.

    The award-winning schools and their projects are: 

    Maricopa County:
    Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center (Scottsdale): teach composting and rain water harvesting methods
    Arete Prep Academy (Gilbert): build a garden, incorporating compost bins and rain barrels
    Bioscience High School (Phoenix): transform an underutilized backyard into a community food garden
    Compadre Academy (Tempe): provide materials and supplies for a new garden/outdoor classroom
    Cortina Elementary School (Queen Creek): install a water bottle filler to reduce plastic water bottle consumption
    Desert Vista High School (Phoenix): frock swap/donation drive and international solar project showcase
    Mesa High School (Mesa): turn an unused weeded lot into habitat for Sonoran desert pollinator species
    Streetlight USA (Glendale): provide green school supplies to supplement online learning courses
    Western Sky Middle School (Goodyear): create an herb and vegetable garden

    Pima County:
    Bonillas Traditional Magnet (Tucson): create a monarch butterfly habitat
    Cienega High School (Vail): increase campus recycling by re-purposing 55-gallon drums into recycle bins
    Drachman Montessori Magnet (Tucson): develop their Bio_Sit+Grow outdoor classroom project
    Presidio School (Tucson): build a greenhouse out of reclaimed materials
    Sunnyside High School (Tucson): set up an aquaponics system where students can monitor the growth of crops and fish
    Western Institute for Leadership Development (Tucson): create composting stations and plant native shade trees

    Cochise County:
    McNeal Elementary School (McNeal): construct a rainwater harvesting system

    For more information or to register your Green Apple Day of Service project go to

    You can also Find an Event in your area and sign up to volunteer - click here to see the list of participating Arizona schools!




  • 01 Aug 2014 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    As you know, winter poses a unique challenge for Valley air quality because of seasonal inversion and increased wood burning during the relatively cooler months. To help reduce the harmful effects that smoke from wood burning can have on people’s hearts and lungs, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department bans wood burning in the county on certain days when air quality conditions are predicted to be especially bad for public health.

    To help promote these winter No Burn Days and raise public awareness of how reducing smoke from wood burning can improve Valley air quality, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring a video contest from Aug. 1 through Sept. 15 seeking fun and creative 15- or 30-second videos that can be used as part of the December 2014 No Burn Day campaign. Up to three entries will be selected and featured as part of the campaign, and could run on TV.


    All ages and skill-sets are welcome and encouraged to enter. Please forward this email to any persons or groups you believe would have an interest in participating in this contest. Attached is a flier for print and distribution at your discretion. Additional information concerning the contest No Burn Days may be found at


    If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us by phone: 602.771.4775 or email:


    Please help us promote our video contest, so we all may benefit from cleaner air.

    Thank you,

    Matt Rippentrop

    Intern, Communications
    Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
    1110 W. Washington St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    office: 602.771.4775


  • 01 Aug 2014 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    In 1986, Mary Wolf Francis began her service to the State of Arizona as a classroom teacher, mother and community volunteer. Since then, she has been on a relentless quest to help business, education, government entities, and individuals establish and accomplish idealistic goals. During the recent recession, Mary felt the personal and professional call to network, lead, and connect the dots between education, workforce and economy to move Phoenix and surrounding cities toward economic recovery. Her entrepreneurial spirit lead her to take on leadership and participation roles in organizations such as Y.O.B (Your Own Business) Fair, GPEC ( Greater Phoenix Economic Council), AAED (Arizona Association for Economic Development), and Arizona Tech Council’s Energy Consortium. Most recently, Mary found her calling to help her community pursue the triple bottom line- people, planet, profit-when she walked into DIRTT Environmental Solutions. As the Community Liaison for DIRRT, Mary is now charged with delivering messages of socially and environmentally responsible economic growth to customers, community leaders, and even students in our Arizona schools. Mary carries her commitment to sustainable building solutions into her philanthropic work with the Arizona US Green Building Council. As a current Board Member for the State Chapter of USGBC, Mary supports strategic initiatives that engage USGBC with businesses and community organizations. As a small token of our thanks, we are proud to announce Mary as our August Green Champion.

    Nominated By: Jessica Hauer

  • 01 Aug 2014 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Chad Billings is the fearless leader and face of the USGBC AZ Central Branch Board and Chair of the Education committee. Billings is an Architect and LEED-AP BD+C at Dick & Fritsche Design Group (DFDG) in Phoenix. He has been the Director of Sustainable Education there since 2009 and has actively participated in many of his firm's collection of LEED certified projects.

    Billings has dedicated over 6 years to bringing interesting, innovative, and diverse programs and speakers for Chapter events like Lunch & LEED and Case Studies & Cocktails. He has created countless opportunities for continuing education, as well as networking events like Green Meet and Green Forums. Billings successfully started the annual State Conference 3 years ago and the planning and preparation that goes into a full day conference & expo like this is no easy task.

    For six years our organization has been better because of Chad Billings. Not only is he an outstanding role model for his two young children, but he's tireless in his efforts and hilarious at what could-be boring meetings. If you see him around, take a minute to thank him for all he has done and continues to do for our non-profit.

    We are so very lucky and grateful to know we can depend on a volunteer of his caliber year after year! Thank you Chad for your time, efforts, and passion for education. Congratulations on being voted Volunteer of the Month for June.

    Nominated By: Melisa Camp

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