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ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Approximately 51,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

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ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.
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Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
 
 
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ASHRAE Community Sustainability Projects

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Promote Your Project Report Your Project
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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): PAOE program for 2013-14 or PAOE program for 2012-13

The 2013-14 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.

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. 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.

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

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

Accueil Bonneau Homeless – Montreal Chapter

Ban the Bottle – Florida West Coast Chapter

Habitat for Humanity – Southern Piedmont Chapter

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

Camp Kindle – Southern Alberta Chapter

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 section 7 as well as Appendix R of the Manual of Chapter Operations. 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 2012-13 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.

 Liability Insurance – ASHRAE Chapter Event Insurance (Section 4.6)

 Chapter Meetings and Expos (Section 5)

 Quick Start Guide

 Lessons Learned

 

Contact

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