ANNOUNCEMENTS

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  • 21 Jul 2014 5:28 AM | Anonymous

    Arizona Forward is getting ready to roll out the green carpet for Arizona Forward's Environmental Excellence Awards (September 20th at the Westin Kierland Resort). But first we need to collect award-worthy submissions. Do you have or know of projects that contribute to environmental sustainability? We are featuring TWO statewide categories: The Governor's Award for Energy & Technology Innovation and the Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award). Click the link below for a list of categories in our Call for Entries and submit by July 24 for consideration! 

    http://www.arizonaforward.org/pdf/2014.AZCallforEntries.pdf

  • 18 Jul 2014 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Year after year, the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo provides an extraordinary opportunity to get involved with the green building movement. 

    Today, USGBC is excited to announce scholarship opportunities to attend Greenbuild 2014.

    Scholarships are available for students, emerging professionals, faith leaders, community developers and non-traditional professionals. 

    Scholarships are competitive, and preference is given to those with a demonstrated need who represent under-served people and communities. They also allow USGBC to invest in individuals who share our vision and want to be champions for the movement.

    Greenbuild 2014
    October 22-24
    New Orleans, LA

    Apply by 9 am ET on Aug. 4, 2014 

    Three types of scholarships are available:

    1. Full-ride Greenbuild Scholarship: Full conference registration, travel stipend, three hotel nights, and one year subscription to Education @USGBC
    2. Greenbuild, Affordable Homes, Sustainable Communities Summit Scholarship: Summit registration, Greenbuild full conference registration, and one year subscription to Education @USGBC
    3. Affordable Homes, Sustainable Communities Summit Scholarship: Summit registration and one year subscription to Education @USGBC 

    Click here for more information on applying.

  • 11 Jul 2014 7:02 AM | Anonymous

    USGBC Arizona Chapter Treasurer Rebecca Callimanis gives Sonoran Branch Chair Daniel J. Osterman a check from the Chapter for $1,233. The Branch raised the funds by collaborating with the ASHRAE Tucson Chapter to produce the 2014 Trade Show. The event, which was held at Pima Community College in February, promoted technologies, sustainability and opportunities in the building construction and the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) industries. Also pictured (from left to right) are Frank Slingerland, Michael Peel and Clayton Trevillyan, who are members of the Branch’s Governing Council.

  • 10 Jul 2014 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    Green Apple Day of Service

    On Sept. 27, 2014, Green Apple Day of Service will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more. Our vast network of champions will demonstrate the strength and breadth of our movement, leaving a meaningful and lasting local impact on our world’s schools.

    Be part of Green Apple Day of Service and help students, teachers, and parents across Arizona. Your volunteer service helps USGBC Arizona in our mission to transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places.

    HOW YOU CAN HELP:

    Last year Arizona had over 28 service projects - this year we hope to double that!

    Check out project ideas and register your own event

    Click here to volunteer at a school near you.

    See the Green Schools Committee page for more information. 

  • 25 Jun 2014 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Zayed Future Energy Prize's Global High School Prize  

    From the Green Schools Alliance and Center for Green Schools:

    The prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize's Global High School Prize annually grants $100,000 for a sustainability or energy project to a high school in each of five regions (the Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia). Finalists - two per region - attend the the Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, where schools from around the world meet each other and winners are announced. Applications are open now through July 14, 2014.
     
    The primary aim of the Global High Schools category is to inspire future generations across the globe by instilling an ethos of sustainability from an early age, including an appreciation of issues in energy, and broader sustainability.
     
    The Global High Schools category will therefore not focus on past activities of the school. Instead, each school will submit a detailed proposal for a project, and the Prize will become a grant that enables the project’s completion. While the main objective is to promote sustainability in schools, special emphasis of the proposed project should be on specific measurable initiatives to promote renewable energy and sustainability, which may include improvements in energy or water efficiency, or a reduction in waste.
     
    Grant money will be allocated to one school in each of five regions: The Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. Each regional winner will be allocated up to $100,000, with the final Prize amounts decided based on financial information submitted in the project proposals.
     
  • 14 May 2014 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    Submit Your Application by Friday, May 30 for the EDspaces Grant Program

    Do you have an upcoming campus construction or renovation project that requires you to be on top of trends in facility design and product selection? As a school district or college representative, you may be eligible for an  Educational Facility Grant.  This grant to attend EDmarket’s* EDspaces on October 29-31, 2014 in Tampa, FL. EDspaces is the international tradeshow and conference that brings together professionals who plan, design, build, equip and manage all types of learning environments and educational campuses, with the manufacturers, service providers and dealers who offer the essential products and solutions for these areas. 

    The purpose of the Educational Facility Grant Program is to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences that will expose school and college facility planners, superintendents, and business purchasing officials to innovative solutions and best practices that will assist them in making more effective decisions regarding their upcoming educational construction or refurbishing projects.

    The grant includes hotel accommodation for up to three (3) nights at an official EDspaces host hotel and full conference registration. The deadline to apply to be one of the lucky 100 school districts or colleges to come to EDspaces for free is May 30

    To apply, simply complete the application providing information regarding current and future building projects taking place on your campus. Applications are due by May 30. Should you have any questions, please contact Samantha LeSesne at (800) 395-5550, ext. 1038. 

    *EDmarket, formerly National School Supply and Equipment Association, is a member of the Coalition for Green Schools.

  • 02 May 2014 8:00 AM | Carina Clark (Administrator)

    Michael D’Andrea is the current Development and Construction Project executive for Alliance Residential Company, a developer in the multifamily housing market with a great sustainable track record. ALLIANCE has managed multiple projects including Broadstone Camelback, Broadstone Lincoln. Michael has personally overseen Broadstone Scottsdale Waterfront and was a key team member in the LEED process for Optima Camelview Village, Artesia Village and other multi-unit projects. Many of his projects have received, or are scheduled to receive LEED gold minimum certifications. These projects offer superior thermal envelopes, energy efficient features, reduced operating costs, and better indoor air quality and assume a holistic approach to development.

    Michael has a background in architecture and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. His focus has been, and remains urban planning and growth, and responsible development. Michael has a personal philosophy on sustainability which guides him in his work, “I believe that the built environment is responsible to respond to the natural environment and its surroundings. As an architect/developer/builder, applying green building principals in our designs and construction of ‘built space’ should be a true mandate of our vocation, also to conserve energy and our world’s natural resources.”

    As Multifamily housing projects are on the rise in Arizona, Michael and his team focus on sustainability as they are able to “observe higher asset valuations from buildings that have applied green building principles, elements, and strategies.” The ability to recognize the significance and profitability of environmental responsibility in construction and operations is extremely beneficial to Michael and his team at Alliance Residential. These green and energy efficiency strategies showcase how a well thought out, sustainable operation can produce lasting value for the city, tenant, developer, and lender. Alliance Residential offers environmentally-friendly construction options that meet LEED and NAHB Green Home Planning Management and Implementation qualifications. As for the future, Michael is hopeful that the multifamily housing industry will continue to see significant opportunity and movement toward even greater sustainable efforts, “I am of the opinion that the multifamily housing industry offers even greater opportunity for sustainability simply based on the efficiency of our structures. With construction costs on the rise, this is becoming an ongoing challenge, however I do think it is possible to design and develop a true Net-Zero high density product.”

    Nominated by: Thomas Cochran
  • 01 May 2014 8:00 AM | Carina Clark (Administrator)

    Kimberly Mickelson is the Director of Marketing & Social Media with Small Giants, a marketing firm that specializes in the design, construction and commercial real estate industry. With over 10 years of marketing experience, Kimberly is responsible for social media, proposal development, and website project management and is focused on assisting companies in the industry by building their brand through social media marketing and incorporating it into their marketing plans. In 2011, she was named People to Know in Commercial Real Estate "Industry Leader of the Year" in the category of "Up and Comers" and is one of three Certified Social Marketing Specialists in the state of Arizona.


    Kimberly is a hard-working, exceptionally organized, and dependable volunteer for the USGBC Arizona Chapter. Her role as Social Media chair has increased the visibility of the chapter on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn through her consistent, take-charge action of updating and moderating. Thank you Kimberly for all of the help you put forward to the chapter. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and on behalf of all the volunteers at the USGBC Arizona Chapter, we thank you for what you do!


    Nominated by: Carina Clark

  • 30 Apr 2014 7:28 AM | Carina Clark (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Diana Rhoades (on left) and Saretta Tillmaand who won Volunteer of the Year awards from USBC - Arizona! Diana served as Chair of the Sonoran Branch Governing Council in 2013. Saretta served as Treasurer of the Branch's Governing Council and Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee.  She was also a member of the Communications Committee. Two members from each of the Chapter's three Branches received the annual award.
  • 22 Apr 2014 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award

    CALL FOR ARIZONA SCHOOLS

    Congratulations! to the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award winners, announced on Earth Day and honoring 48 schools and 9 districts from 27 states that demonstrated exemplary achievement in the three ED-GRS pillars:

    Pillar I: Reduce environmental impact and costs.
    Pillar II: Improve the health and wellness of students and staff.
    Pillar III: Provide effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

    In that spirit, USGBC AZ, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is seeking applicants for the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition program.

    • Arizona schools and districts that wish to be nominated need to complete the 2015 Arizona Green Ribbon Schools application and submit it to ADE. This page also has information about eligibility and application requirements and helpful resources.
    • Application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014 by 5:00pm.

    The USGBC AZ Green Schools Committee is available to help schools and districts that have questions about completing the application or want to learn more about green schools. Please email questions to greenschools@usgbcaz.org.

    Questions may also be directed to the Arizona Department of Education at GRSInbox@azed.gov.

    Please share this information with any schools you think might be interested. The program is open to all public and private schools from pre-school through Grade 12.

     

     

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