Welcome to the U.S. Green Building Council -
Nevada Chapter website.
|With USGBC co-founder David Gottfried
at Greenbuild 2013.
The USGBC Nevada Chapter is a 501c3 non-profit and as such we rely on the generous contributions for the success and continued growth of the chapter. As such I want to start by expressing my sincere gratitude for the generous support for the chapter from our sponsoring Friends, from our chapter's members and staff as well as from our volunteers that continue to amaze me with their dedication and commitment. Volunteering and contributing to the chapter at both committee as well as board levels have been so rewarding to me in so many facets that my hopes are that everyone who reads this message will get involved to experience this as well.
In 2013 our board accomplished much, from hosting internationally renowned speakers and workshops, to presenting the 2013 Green Gala at The Nevada State Museum where our theme was "Follow the LEEDer." In that regard 2014 has a tough act to follow yet with our committed volunteers and the support of our friends and sponsors we plan on co-hosting our first Regional Sustainability and Leadership Summit "Green by Southwest" in April of 2014.
I am grateful to serve with a board, committees and volunteers who are committed to educate and advocate for more sustainable ways to live as well as to construct and renovate our building stock. As USGBC Nevada celebrates its first 10 years of existence in April 2014, I hope that we remember all of the hard work that went into seeing our chapter grow to what we now know; I hope that we take time to celebrate our successes on oh so many fronts; and I hope that we see an increase in the offerings that we have that bring value to our membership, our sponsors and our supporters. With the help of a dedicated and unified board I know that we can accomplish so very much. Again my thanks for allowing me to serve with you!
As we start 2014, many positive changes are in store for all of us. In November we saw the launch of LEED Version 4 which not only streamlines the certification process, it also places a much larger emphasis on actual building performance. Additionally, LEED v4 also brings more specific rating systems for more building types, additionally helping focus the ratings systems on the needs of the building types.
The Government Affairs Committee's hard work in 2012 and 2013 led to the adoption of AB33 which went into effect January 1, 2014 and ties a property tax abatement to LEED Certification and a building's energy performance. This Bill provides substantial incentive($) for facilities to build and certify to LEED Silver and above and, for ongoing saving($), to adopt and certify to LEED for Existing Buildings Silver and above.
We will continue to see very strong educational offerings from the chapter in 2014 as we collaborate with educators throughout the state on our Center of Green Schools efforts.
President, U.S. Green Building Council - Nevada Chapter