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  • 04/07/2021 2:59 PM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)


    Thanks to our members, we work in our community to advance green buildings. With your support, we are able to advance green buildings and communities through advocacy, education, networking and soon, a hands-on green building project. 

    We believe in transforming the built environment and that green buildings and communities should be for all, including communities in Central California. Because everybody deserves a built environment that is good for our health, creates healthy places, reduces the impact on our natural resources and is part of the solution to address climate change.

    Join us to show the support for green buildings in our region and help increase the capacities of our local chapter. We strive to make membership affordable. For $75 or the cost of a nice night in or out, general members show their leadership in the green building world and support our programming all year long. We offer reduced rates for students ($25) and emerging professionals ($35), and supporting memberships for those that want to increase their support for our chapter at $150.

    Thanks to our newest member Alyssa from Gd.Stwrd, all new members that sign up until Earth Day will receive 25% OFF when shopping at her local zero waste store, www.gdstwrd.com.


    Sign up today to BECOME A MEMBER


    Interested to join as company to demonstrate your support and expertise? Check out our partnership opportunities 


  • 03/01/2021 12:28 PM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)


    PRESS RELEASE


    Fresno, CA March 1, 2021 — The US Green Building Council Central California (USGBC-CC) has received a grant from the San Joaquin River Conservancy (Conservancy)to start the planning and design process to enable public access and create an Indigenous and Environmental Resource Center at the Circle V property located at the San Joaquin River, just outside of Fresno in Madera County. USGBC-CC received final approval for this grant funding as part of the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Fund (Proposition 40) and the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Fund of 2006 (Proposition 84) from the Wildlife Conservation Board, which manages the Conservancy’s grant funds.

    USGBC-CC in collaboration with the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS), will be leading the public outreach process to adaptively reuse two buildings that are connected to a beautiful riparian and oak woodland along the river. AICLS will reach out to local tribes as tribal liaison for the project. 

    This project will include educational opportunities for local Fresno State students by integrating different student learning opportunities and classes including Engineering, Construction Management, Interactive Multimedia and Business. The goal is to achieve LEED certification and create an innovative demonstration project for green buildings in our region. 

    “Since 2007, our organization has been working to bring together professionals to learn from and inspire each other to build green buildings. We are excited to start the process to develop a green building to help provide hands-on learning opportunities and educate the wider community on the details and benefits of green buildings’, says Laura Gromis, Executive Director of USGBC-CC. “Working with the local tribes, we are excited to connect the ancient values of sustainability of indigenous cultures with modern ways to create a sustainable built environment”, she adds.

    “This is a unique opportunity to provide indigenous language education resources while creating a center reflective of the local tribal stakeholders and increasing awareness of the indigenous languages and cultures along the river,” says Carly Tex, Executive Director of AICLS, “We are looking forward to working with USGBC-CC and to further our mission to support California Indigenous languages and cultures through this education project.”

    John Shelton, Executive Director of the San Joaquin River Conservancy adds: “We are extremely excited to work with USGBC-CC, AICLS, and Fresno State on this project.  The San Joaquin River Parkway is a great resource that has significant value to all the communities of our region. In acknowledgment of the San Joaquin River’s importance to our region’s Native Americans, this project provides what I hope is the first of many opportunities for indigenous voices to be part of the team from the envisioning to the operations.”

    About USGBC Central California

    The US Green Building Council Central California is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Fresno, CA with the mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. USGBC-CC is focused on education, networking, and advocacy to advance its mission and is a partner of the City of Fresno in its Transform Fresno project focused on creating transformative climate communities.

    About Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival

    The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is an all-Native run and led non-profit organization with the mission to foster the restoration and revival of indigenous California languages so they may be retained as a permanent part of the living cultures of native California.  We do this through advocacy, education, and training of speakers and learning, identifying and using indigenous languages resource materials, implementation of linguistic information and tools, creating learning program models and language restoration materials, maintaining master and apprentice language teams and using modern technology for language documentation and restoration.

    About San Joaquin River Conservancy

    The San Joaquin River Conservancy was created by the California Legislature in 1992 to develop and manage the San Joaquin River Parkway, a planned 22-mile natural area and wildlife corridor extending from Friant Dam to State Route 99, with interconnected trails, recreation, and outdoor education features. The Conservancy is committed to protecting the river’s environmental, wildlife, cultural, scientific, agricultural, educational, recreational, scenic, and flood conveyance resources, which are of regional and statewide significance.

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  • 02/23/2021 10:57 AM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)

    As it moves toward a 100% electric fleet, the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency is conducting an electrical grid study to examine possible grid enhancements to meet the needs of rural Fresno County.  Potential benefits go far beyond increased access to reliable transportation services and include reliability of the electric grid, economic development, and carbon emission and air pollution reductions.

    Want to learn more about the Electrical Grid Study, the trend toward electrification and what it could mean to rural Fresno County?

    Check out the FCRTA virtual GRID study room

    Virtually explore and learn about the grid, electric vehicles and how electrification can impact rural Fresno County.


  • 09/08/2020 3:48 PM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)

    USGBC Central California is now soliciting nominations for election to the Board of Directors.  This position provides the opportunity to help advance green buildings and communities in Central California and become part of the leadership team of a growing organization.  The Chapter is seeking Directors who are committed to increasing sustainability in our built environment, passionate about making an impact in our community, experienced in leading volunteer organizations, and willing to commit leadership to helping the Chapter serve our community.  Find out more about board membership in our election fact sheet.

    ELECTION SCHEDULE

              

    Filing Period:                                               September 9 – November 19, 2020

    Deadline to Submit Application*:              November 19, 2020

    Candidate Notification:                             November 20, 2020

    Elections:                                                    November 30 – December 18, 2020  

    New Board Members Seated:                   January 1, 2021

    Who can Vote:                                           All current paid Chapter members*

     *To join the Chapter and be eligible to apply and vote, click here: www.usgbccc.org/Become-A-Member and follow instructions on Registering for a Chapter Membership link below. 

    TERMS & MEETINGS

    The term of office is for two years from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.  Terms of board members are staggered so that half the Board changes each year.  Board meetings occur on a monthly basis, generally in person but currently virtually due to COVID19.

                 

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Given the Chapter’s expanding scope of programs and local influence, a number of qualifications are particularly important.  The Board seeks diversity and leadership qualities to assure strong and dynamic local leadership. 

    ·        Candidates will be selected to provide a mix of expertise, potential contributions, leadership, business experience, diversity, and continuity. 

    ·        Candidate must sign the USGBC-CC Board of Directors commitment form.

    ·        Candidates are expected to be USGBC-CC members, new member applicants are accepted.

    ·        We are currently looking for candidates from the following fields: architecture, banking, law, construction, real estate development, engineering, government, interior design, landscaping, transportation, marketing.

    GENERAL INFORMATION                         

    ·        Nominations will be accepted for seven (7) board seats.

    ·        You may nominate yourself by completing the application form or nominate another member by asking them to do so.

    ·        Bios and applications will be sent out with the ballots.  Voting instructions will be sent to all members prior to commencement of voting. 

    ·        Submit the completed Board of Director Application by the deadline above.  Submission of the Board of Director Commitment implies agreement. 

    ·        Direct all questions to connect@usgbccc.org


    Officers

    Sheila Hakimipour

    Interim President

    Vacant

    Vice President

    Mayuko Russell

    Treasurer

    Glenn Terpstra

    Secretary


    Directors

    Andres Jauregui

    Charlie Harris

    David Brenner

    Laura Huisinga

    Executive Director

    Laura Gromis


    US Green Building Council Central California

    Water, Energy and Technology Center

    2911 E. Barstow Ave., M/S OF 144

    Fresno, CA 93740

    www.usgbccc.org


  • 06/10/2020 12:05 PM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)

    The 2020 Green Apple Video Competition was all about active transportation e.g. walking and biking and we did not get disappointed by the great submissions!

    Congratulations to this years' Green Apple Video Competition winners! Their videos capture the fun, relief, transportation and joy active transportation provides. Great work!


    Professional Category

    1st place: Sammy Gonzales, Team Ro Productions: Let's Go!


    2nd place: Shira D. Gordon, She Rocks Science: Ride Your Bike



    Student Category

    1st place college category: Arianna Gonzales, Fresno State: G.A.V.C. 2020


    1st place K-12: Lillian Gromis, 1st grade: Bike Riding Safely is Fun


  • 03/27/2020 11:41 AM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)

    40% of California's Greenhouse gas emissions is coming from the transportation sector. One way we can all reduce emissions is by reducing Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT), the distance traveled in combustion engine cars. What better way to reduce car usage than using active transportation, e.g. biking and walking? Biking and walking improves air quality, increases health, boosts immunity, reduces weight, and connects you to your community.

    Take the time to reflect on active transportation in your community and your life and share your perspective by participating in the Green Apple Video Competition! The deadline for the competition is extended until May 29, 2020. Check out more including detailed participation guidelines at www.usgbccc.org/greenapple.


  • 10/29/2019 2:46 PM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)

    USGBC Central California is now soliciting nominations for election to the Board of Directors.  This is a great way to contribute to help advance green buildings and communities in Central California, while creating lasting business relationships.  The Chapter is seeking Directors who are committed to increasing sustainability in our built environment, passionate about making an impact in our community, experienced in leading volunteer organizations, and willing to commit leadership to helping the Chapter serve our community.  Find out more about board membership in our election fact sheet.


    ELECTION SCHEDULE


    Filing Period:  October 29- November 25, 2019

    Deadline to Submit Application:  November 25, 2019

    Candidate Notification:  November 27

    Election: November 28 - December 8, 2019

    New Board Member Seated:  January 1, 2020

    Who can Vote:                                           All current paid Chapter members*


     *To join the Chapter and be eligible to vote, click here: www.usgbccc.org/Become-A-Member and follow instructions on Registering for a Chapter Membership link below. 


    TERMS & MEETINGS


    The term of office is for two years from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021.  Terms of board members are staggered so that half the Board changes each year.  Face to face board meetings occur on an every other month basis.   


    QUALIFICATIONS


     Given the Chapter’s expanding scope of programs and local influence, a number of qualifications are particularly important.  The Board seeks diversity and leadership qualities needed to assure strong and dynamic local leadership. 


    ·        Candidates will be selected to provide a mix of expertise, potential contributions, leadership, business experience, diversity, and continuity. 

    ·        Candidate must sign the USGBC CC Board of Directors commitment form.

    ·        We are looking for candidates from the following fields: architecture, banking, construction, development, engineering, government, interior design, landscaping, transportation, marketing, community development


    GENERAL INFORMATION                         


    ·        Nominations will be accepted for six (6) board seats.

    ·        You may nominate yourself by completing the application form or nominate another member by asking them to do so. 

    ·       Bios and applications will be posted on Chapter website.  Voting instructions will be sent to all members prior to commencement of voting. 

    ·        Submit the completed Board of Director Application and signed Board of Director Commitment by email to info@usgbccc.org by the deadline above.  Submission of the Board of Director Commitment implies agreement. 

    ·        Direct all questions to info@usgbccc.org



  • 04/29/2019 2:06 PM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)


    We are excited to announce our Green Apple Video Competition 2019 winners!

    First Place for Cinematography

    "Using Creativity to Inspire"

    Santiago Garcia, Director, Sebastian Martinez, Writer, Sergio Espinoza, Producer and Edwin Plascencia, Key Cast, Central High School


    First Place for Content

    "GAVC Environmental"

    Arianna Gonzalez, Roosevelt High School


    Thank you to our program partners

            

  • 10/15/2018 11:00 AM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)

    October 15th, 2018 


    USGBC Central California is now soliciting nominations for election to the Board of Directors.  This is a great way to contribute to help advance green buildings and communities in Central California, while creating lasting business relationships.  The Chapter is seeking Directors who are committed to increasing sustainability in our built environment, passionate about making an impact in our community, experienced in leading volunteer organizations, and willing to commit leadership to helping the Chapter serve our community. 



    ELECTION SCHEDULE


              


    Filing Period:                                               October 15 – November 23, 2018


    Deadline to Submit Application:               November 23, 2018


    Candidate Notification:                            November 23, 2018


    Elections:                                                    November 23 – December 8, 2018  


    New Board Members Seated:                   January 1, 2019


    Who can Vote:                                           All current paid Chapter members*

     


     *To join the Chapter and be eligible to vote, click here: www.usgbccc.org/Become-A-Member and follow instructions on Registering for a Chapter Membership link below. 


     


    TERMS & MEETINGS


    The term of office is for two years from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.  Terms of board members are staggered so that half the Board changes each year.  Face to face board meetings occur on an every other month basis.             


    QUALIFICATIONS


    Given the Chapter’s expanding scope of programs and local influence, a number of qualifications are particularly important.  The Board seeks diversity among types of USGBC member companies and leadership qualities needed to assure strong and dynamic local leadership. 


    ·        Candidates will be selected to provide a mix of expertise, potential contributions, leadership, business experience, diversity, and continuity. 


    ·        Candidate must sign the USGBC CC Board of Directors commitment form.


    ·        We are currently looking for candidates from the following fields: architecture, banking, construction, development, engineering, government, interior design, landscaping, transportation, marketing.


    GENERAL INFORMATION                         


    ·        Nominations will be accepted for seven (7) board seats.


    ·        You may nominate yourself by completing the attached application form or nominate another member by asking them to do so.


    ·        Bios and applications will be posted on Chapter website.  Voting instructions will be sent to all members prior to commencement of voting. 


    ·        Submit the completed Board of Director Application and signed Board of Director Commitment by email to info@usgbccc.org by the deadline above.  Submission of the Board of Director Commitment implies agreement. 


    ·        Direct all questions to info@usgbccc.org




  • 08/30/2016 11:34 AM | Laura Gromis (Administrator)

    Guest blog by Mark Maxwell, Assistant Director of Construction & LEED Coordinator, and Design & Construction at the University of California, Merced, where he leads LEED Lab (LINK: http://engineeringservicelearning.ucmerced.edu/team-leed-lab).

    LEED Lab is a post-secondary course that uses the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders by learning how to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. In the course, students facilitate the LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance process with the goal of certifying a new facility each year. Completing the LEED Lab course will give students the skills, knowledge and expertise to manage future certifications and other projects in sustainability. Students who attend and pass this course will also be positioned to sit for the professional certification exams to earn their LEED Green Associates (LEED GA) & LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). This course also provides the study guide and practice exams for the LEED Green Associates exam.

    At UC Merced, LEED Lab started in the fall of 2015 and allows for a maximum of 15 students under Engineering for Service Learning, bringing together students from all grade levels and disciplines. Each semester has a new group of students, so making a clear hand off of materials and projects timeline from the first semester to the second is crucial for the project’s success.

    In the first semester, stakeholders from various departments were identified (purchasing, energy, recycling, custodial etc.), since students will be collecting and gathering data from these departments. After the students met with the stakeholders, they broke up into three teams and each team was assigned a credit category or categories. Some categories are much easier than others, so some teams could take on more.

    Next, the teams read all the credits in their categories to determine which credits they were going to pursue. They then developed a scorecard for the project of the credits the class was pursing, to come up with the total number of points and certification level they could achieve. I then gave a 15 minute presentation on LEED Online. This presentation explained how to access LEED Online, once they registered with the US Green Building Council and navigate through documenting credits.

    FInally, each team was assigned to put together credit summaries for the next semester class, which allowed the team members to have a basic understanding of every credit the team was going to pursue. Each credit summary would have the name of the credit, the intent, possible points, list of implementations, timeline for documentation, the stakeholder and contact information to coordinate with for data collection and other pertinent information to help the team member document the credit.

    The second semester teams read all the credit summaries and decided when the three month performance period would be so that they could begin to document the credits. Once the performance period started, students began contacting and working with the stakeholders to collect data. Students documented their credits to LEED Online as they were completed.

    Some of the measurable benefits from this class are LEED Certification, lower operating costs, more healthy and productive working environment, reduced waste sent to the landfills, energy and water conservation, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and educating the students and community.

    After talking with several students about the class, they felt they had a broader knowledge of sustainability and the built environment. Once student told me that he got an internship at Fritto Lay, because of this class that he took. This class really engaged different majors and not just ones they would typically take an engineering class. When I asked several students who were majoring in History, English or Economics, why they took this class, they said because we want to learn more about sustainability.

    If you think about it, sustainability touches on everything we do as well as every major. Not just buildings, but how we operate buildings our lives and the day to day things we do that impact our environment.

    If you are interested in volunteering or supporting LEED Lab at UC Merced, please contact USGBC Central California info@usgbccc.org.  


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