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ASHRAE Membership

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. Over 56,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

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.

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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Sustainability Project Questions & Answers

Is there a minimum project size?

There is no minimum project size per se, however; projects should be significant and meaningful to the community/non-profit organization that will benefit from your project. ASHRAE suggests chapters contact and work with their director and regional chair to review projects in regard to appropriate size, beneficiary and type so that there are no misunderstandings. It is recommended chapters start with a smaller project to gain experience before taking on larger and more complex projects. Chapter size and available resources available are certainly a consideration when deciding the size and scope of a project.


What counts toward 100 Presidential Award of Excellent (PAOE) points for publicity?

A single project can be promoted in the media in many ways, so chapters are encouraged to pursue using all the different types of media in publicity of their project.

For example, publication of a press release issued to local print media, i.e. newspapers, is worth 100 points. Send both the press release and an example where it was published to your director and regional chair (DRC) to claim the PAOE points (the DRC will enter these points).

Another example is setting up a Facebook page to publicize the project, including any fundraising events. That is also worth 100 points. To claim the points, simply send your DRC the link to the Facebook page.

Another example is using local radio stations to promote your project and fundraiser. Most local radio stations will read public service announcements (PSAs) on the air for free for non-profits. Simply write a PSA to promote your project and fundraiser and send it in to your local radio stations. This PSA is also worth 100 PAOE Points. Simply send the PSA to your DRC, along with a list of radio stations to which you sent it to claim your 100 PAOE points.


How do I claim my chapter’s 500 PAOE Points?

Please visit www.ashrae.org/community and click on the PAOE link for 2015-16 to access the instructions for submitting PAOE points.



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.