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ASHRAE Community Sustainability Projects

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ASHRAE Members:

ASHRAE’s Community Sustainably Project program encourages members and chapters to examine ways to get more involved in their local communities. The program was designed to share the knowledge of members to improve the world around them.

Incentives for chapters to host a Community Sustainability project are included in the Presidential Award of Excellence (PAOE)

The 2017-18 PAOE program offers 500 points for chapter sponsored community sustainability project/event held with a non-profit organization.  In addition, 100 - 500 points are offered for chapter sponsored community sustainability project publicity (outside of normal chapter promotion and including  print, audio, electronic media at local, state, provincial, national or industry level) promoting work of ASHRAE and/or the chapter.

The program was started in 2012-13 by Presidential Member Thomas E. Watson, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, as part of his theme, Broadening ASHRAE’s Horizons.


PowerPoint on Community Sustainability Project

View a PowerPoint that gives an overall look at the Community Sustainability Project and highlights projects underway. ppt.png View PowerPoint


Case Studies

Learn more about Community Sustainability Projects carried out by ASHRAE chapters. These include the Sustainable Footprint Projects hosted by the local chapter as part of ASHRAE Annual Conferences to leave a legacy representing ASHRAE's commitment to sustainability and to offset the environmental impact from holding the Annual Conference.

pdf_icon.png YWCA of Salt Lake City’s Teen Home – ASHRAE Utah Chapter

pdf_icon.png Energy 4 Kids – Hampton Roads Chapter ASHRAE / International Facility Managers Association (IFMA). Watch television coverage about the Energy 4 Kids project here.

pdf_icon.png Accueil Bonneau Homeless – Montreal Chapter

pdf_icon.png Ban the Bottle – Florida West Coast Chapter

pdf_icon.png Habitat for Humanity – Southern Piedmont Chapter

pdf_icon.png Manatee Park -- Butterfly Gardening and Clean-Up – Southwest Florida Chapter

pdf_icon.png Camp Kindle – Southern Alberta Chapter

pdf_icon.png Solar Light Enters Rural Village - India Chapter


Promoting Your Project

One way to help your chapter grow is by taking advantage of publicity and public relations efforts. Reaching out to local media and taking advantage of social media to let others know about your efforts in improving your community is vital to your growth and that of the Society.

You can find more details about working with media in Chapter Publicity as well as the Public Relations Manual as shown below under Resources. Among the tips it contains are tools on reaching the media, placing news releases, photographs and following up. You also should take advantage of social media – such as Facebook or Twitter – to help share the news about your work.

In using traditional and social media, news items should be brief and newsworthy, factual and of general reader interest. The WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY of the project are the principal points in which editors/readers will show interest. ASHRAE Headquarters PR staff is happy to help you draft a news release and work to find the most appropriate local media to contact. Please contact PR staff at publicrelations@ashrae.org if you are interested in writing a news release about your project.


Reporting Your Project

Incentives for chapters to host a Community Sustainability project are included in the Presidential Award of Excellence (PAOE).  The 2016-17 PAOE program offers 500 points for chapter sponsored community sustainability project/event held with a non-profit organization.  In addition, 100 points are offered for chapter sponsored community sustainability project publicity (outside of normal chapter promotion and including  print, audio, electronic media at local, state, provincial, national or industry level) promoting work of ASHRAE and/or the chapter.

Chapter PAOE Point Claim Form
Upon completion of your chapter Community Sustainability Project, please fill out:
Chapter PAOE Point Claim Form and submit to your director and regional chair with a copy to Vickie Grant at ASHRAE Headquarters (vgrant@ashrae.org).


Questions and Answers

As your chapter launches its community sustainability project, you most likely will have questions. Below are answers to anticipated questions about the program.
Questions and Answers


Resources

ASHRAE offers various resources related to meetings and events hosted by chapters. The links below contain information that may be helpful as your chapter plans fundraisers and other events related to Community Sustainability Projects.

pdf_icon.png  Chapter Meetings and Expos (Section 5)

word_icon.png Chapter Publicity

pdf_icon.png  Lessons Learned

pdf_icon.png Section 4 – Liability Insurance and Special Events Insurance

word_icon.png Public Relations Manual

pdf_icon.png  Quick Start Guide


Contact

If you have questions about the Community Sustainability Project program or would like more information about a project, please contact Vickie Grant, manager of region activities, at vgrant@ashrae.org.

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