Green Technology Workshop

In September, four of our chapter's Board members served on a Green Technology Workshop for the borough of Carlisle. This workshop involved a panel presentation and open forum for discussion centered around how sustainable redevelopment of brownfields can, and should be done. It is our hope to see more sustainable infrastructure in Carlisle in the near future! 

 

 

Local Sustainability Leader Running for USGBC Board of Directors

 Each year, USGBC members have the opportunity to shape USGBC's future by electing its national Board members. This year Amy Costello, one of our members, has been selected to run for the Product Manufacturer seat on the Board.  Amy is a Sustainability Manager at Armstrong World Industries, a global floor and ceiling design/manufacturing corporation based in Lancaster, PA where she is responsible for leading and driving sustainability strategies and initiatives for Armstrong Commercial Flooring. 

The USGBC Central Pennsylvania Chapter endorses Amy Costello for the Product Manufacturer seat on the 2015 National Board. For more information about Amy and to vote for her please visit Amy's USGBC Profile. Vote before October 30th in order to help have a local representative on the national board.

Green Apple Day of Service

 This year we are pleased to be participating in 6 Green Apple Day of Service events in September and October. For a full list of events and information on how you can get involved please visit our community announcements page. 

Check out this write-up about one of our most recent events where 2 of our corporate partners, Armstrong World Industries and Johnson Controls, paired up to make the event a huge success!

 

Working with Habitat for Humanity

 Our chapter is proud to partner with non-profits in the area working towards a common goal. We were pleased to host our most recent networking social at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Harrisburg. Forty people were treated to a tour of the facility and learned about how they can donate everything from household goods to building materials to the ReStore. This keeps waste out of the landfill and enables materials to be re-purposed in innovative ways. We encourage you to check out ReStore today! 

 

Green Roof Tour & Presentation - Recap

 On July 25th, 30 of our members traveled to Penn State Hershey Medical Center to enjoy a private guided tour of the green roof courtyards and healing gardens. Thanks to Penn State Medical Center, Houck Services Inc., Davis Landscape LTD, Hydrotech, and Live Roof we learned about the design, planning, construction, and maintenance that goes into creating these features.  

Access to outdoor space can help with the recovery time of patients undergoing treatment in the hospital. These green roofs provide a private outdoor space for patients and their guests while also helping mitigate the environmental effects of the building.  See more photos here. 

 

 

Meet Our New Executive Director: Eileen Reavey

USGBC Central Pa is pleased to announce the hiring of Eileen Reavey as our new Executive Director. Eileen brings both non-profit experience and a passion for sustainability to her new role.  Recently she operated as both expansion director and program director for a national non-profit focused on sustainability in higher education.  She holds a BS from York College of Pennsylvania where she majored in Environmental Science and Public Policy. While at York College, Eileen was heavily involved in sustainability initiatives both on and off of campus. 

 

2014 Statewide Advocacy Day

Incredible things can happen when like-minded and passionate people come together! Our second annual Statewide Advocacy Day is a great example. Over 20 participants from the three USGBC chapters in Pennsylvania gathered in the East Wing Rotunda of the Capital Building to provide resources to legislators and the public.  Numerous meetings were arranged with members of both the House and Senate by participants from their home districts.  Additional meetings were also held with legislative leaders from both the House and Senate, and with key supporters of the key bills being discussed.

Our chapter leaders met with state officials to discuss green building policy

SB 1023 supports changes to  the Uniform Construction Code adoption process to allow for regular update of  the energy, building, and other construction codes.  Act 1 of 2011 altered the  Pennsylvania Construction Code Act making it difficult, if not impossible, for  the Commonwealth to adopt updated construction codes every three years as  recommended by the International Code Council. Pennsylvania is currently  using the outdated 2009 codes, which have significantly lower energy efficiency and safety standards than the 2012 codes.

The Senate Bill passed in the Senate on Advocacy Day making some improvements to the process, but it did not change the essential problem - each and every one of  the hundreds of changes to the model building codes must be agreed upon by a 2/3 majority of the 19 member UCC Review and Advisory Council (RAC).