• 16 Jul 2012 9:25 AM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    The following members were appointed to the USGBC chapter board in May:

    Susan Brown, Coconino County Facilities Management
    Robert Eilliott, Raytheon Missile Systems
    William Wiley, Maricopa County Air Quality Department

    Their terms will run through 2013. 

  • 14 Jul 2012 3:46 PM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    Your Action Is Needed By July 24th

    In just 12 short years, we have seen the green building industry grow into an economic powerhouse in part because of the crystallization of the LEED building rating system. LEED allowed the best minds in the building industry to show the world the benefits of better products, better designs, better engineering, and better buildings.

    Our passion for fundamental market transformation has awakened entrenched Washington, D.C. special interests.  A well-funded special interest lobbying campaign is trying to water down – or even eliminate – green building practices for federal buildings.  We need your help to defend green building and LEED from these special interest attacks. 

    The business case for LEED is unassailable.  It saves U.S. businesses and taxpayers millions of dollars every year.  Furthermore, an organization's participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, conservation stewardship and social responsibility – All reasons why small businesses, Fortune 100 companies, homeowners, governments and non-governmental organizations are using LEED to save money and save resources every day.     

    Your help is needed to step up and fight back against the false special interest attacks on LEED.  

    Click here to show your organization's support of the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) sustainability goals and their continued support of LEED.
  • 07 May 2012 10:34 AM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    PHOENIX (May 2, 2012) – Energize Phoenix, an energy efficiency upgrades and savings program, announces that businesses participating in the commercial loan program are now eligible to receive additional rebates from the commercial rebate program.

    The program rebate cap for businesses that secure an Energize Phoenix commercial loan has been increased from $200,000 to $500,000. The rebate cap remains $200,000 for those who do not obtain a loan from Energize Phoenix.

    For a limited time, low fixed-rate terms (as low as 3.99%) are available for loans starting at $50,000 (after rebates) with term length between 12-120 months, subject to credit approval.

    Businesses considering installing energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, HVAC, chillers, motors, controls, windows or other energy efficiency measures are encouraged to take advantage of this rare opportunity to receive unprecedented rebates and low-cost financing.  

    Energize Phoenix loans and rebates are available on a first-come-first-served basis until funding is depleted. With the Energize Phoenix program scheduled to end in May 2013 and summer right around the corner, now is the best time to save energy and money. To take advantage of this opportunity, interested businesses should visit or call Mitchell Hayden at (602) 534-2002 for more information.


    The city of Phoenix was awarded a $25 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Neighborhood Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to launch the Energize Phoenix program in partnership with Arizona State University and with support from Arizona Public Service. The Energize Phoenix program saves energy, creates jobs and will transform a diverse array of neighborhoods along the Metro light rail.

  • 06 Apr 2012 4:13 PM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    The Great Green Business Search is a hunt for the most promising sustainable business ideas in Arizona.

    Today's green business entrepreneurs address critical environmental and economic issues in our community.
    Be part of the solution
    and join us on May 10th as we help find, fund and foster the next generation of green business in the Great Green Business Search.
    • Watch as start-up companies give their fast pitch and compete for a prize purse of $8,500
    • Listen to successful Arizona entrepreneurs and financiers on how to build and finance a green startup
    • Network with leaders of Arizona's green economy showcasing their products and services 


    ASU SkySong
    Scottsdale Innovation Center - Convergence Theater
    1475 North Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85257-3538


    Green Chamber member price $49  Non-member price  $69

    registration rates increase April 13th

    Attend, sponsor or compete in the 2012 Great Green Business Search. Register today!

    Contact:The Green Chamber Greater Phoenix
  • 21 Mar 2012 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    Save on gas and reduce your carbon footprint by winning a 100% electric Nissan LEAF™ SL.

    To celebrate 40 years of incredible business in Tucson, the Jim Click Automotive Team is presenting a new 2012 Nissan LEAF SL to the entire city ... to be used as the featured prize in a raffle to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for nonprofit Tucson organizations.

    Buy your raffle tickets from the U.S. Green Building Council® – Arizona Chapter, Southern Branch, and you’ll be supporting a great nonprofit organization. Even better: 100% of the receipts from ticket sales made through the Southern Branch will go directly to the Southern Branch!

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  • 14 Mar 2012 8:22 AM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    The 6th annual President’s Group Multi-Organizational Event is here! All  members are invited to this free event.  First come, first serve.  This year we will watch top-performing student teams from the ASU “Innovation Challenge”, as they present ideas that benefit the community in relation to our industry.  Attendees will vote for their favorite ideas.

    Sign up for this free event at: 

  • 13 Mar 2012 1:27 PM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    The Chapter Task Force for Regional Priority Credits need your help! The  United States Green Building Council – Arizona Chapter needs to identify and prioritize Arizona’s environmental issues and how they affect our ability to build green homes and buildings. The USGBC-AZ regionalizes elements of the LEED rating systems so that local issues and opportunities are included in defining the best environmental building solutions by region. To ensure comprehensive input from all parts of the State, we seek the valuable input of members of the USGBC Arizona Chapter. If you would like your voice and experience to be part of the USGBC's regionalization process for Arizona, please respond to the survey by March 30, 2012. We will compile the results of your responses and use them as a guide for our recommendations to National. We truly appreciate your time and willingness to make a difference. Please direct your questions to

  • 04 Mar 2012 9:17 AM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    From:  Deb Kleinman - USGBC Colorado

    I wanted to let you know about our upcoming two-day conference Rocky Mountain Green and ask for your help – this year it is taking place in Denver’s first LEED certified hotel, the Embassy Suites (many of you are familiar with it after August). We would love to have attendees from sister chapters join us – and also would greatly appreciate it if you could help us spread the word… our early bird pricing ends at the end of the day February 29th.

    I’m attaching a flier and the conference logo – here is the basics about the conference:

    Date: April 12–13, 2012

    Time: all day event
    Location: Embassy Suites, Colorado Convention Center, Downtown Denver
    More information:

    Rocky Mountain Green 2012 is USGBC Colorado’s annual green building conference. Twenty-four education sessions, five building tours, exciting keynote addresses, and networking opportunities draw industry leaders from across the region. Rocky Mountain Green provides professionals in the built environment the opportunity to learn from experts and keep abreast of the latest changes and happenings in green building.

    The opening plenary, “Harmonizing Life, Not CompromisingundefinedRegenerating Ecosystems and the Human Spirit,” will be presented by Bill Reed, President of Integrative Design Collaborative.

    Continuing Education: The conference has been submitted to GBCI and AIA for continuing education – someone attending all possible sessions could get up to 9 CE hours. We are also showing the USGBC webinar series for attendees as well, which are all approved for LEED specific hours.

    For more information on Rocky Mountain Green 2012, or to register for the event, please visit

  • 01 Mar 2012 1:17 PM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    The Reincarnation Tour:  Reuse is the Ultimate Recycle

    Join friends of architecture, food and fun Saturday March 24 on The Reincarnation Tour, a celebration of reused buildings experiencing new life in the central corridor.  This free, self-guided tour starts at 11:00 a.m. with a 1-hour community forum on Adaptive Reuse at FilmBar, a recent downtown reuse project at 815 N. 2nd St.  From 12-5 p.m., revel in the good karma of locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops, and retailers with special offers, spirits and entertainment all accessible by light rail or bike.   With passport in hand, experience the  community transformation taking place at the Phoenix Public Market, Roosevelt Row, Giant Coffee, Lux Central, the St. Francis and more.  Hosted by the state component of the American Institute of Architects.  For more information, visit

  • 29 Feb 2012 9:54 AM | Sheila Hamilton (Administrator)

    The Chapter Steering Committee (CSC) is an integrated group of chapter community leaders that is charged with providing USGBC with relevant expertise, stakeholder perspectives, market intelligence, best practices, lessons learned, innovation and vision to strengthen and empower USGBC’s chapter community. The Chapter Steering Committee provides the perspective and experience of the active chapter community leadership to the work of the Council and its Board in achieving the USGBC’s strategic goals and objectives.  Download Call for Nominations document.

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