Grassroots Government Advocacy (GGAC)
Who We Are - The GGAC committee was created to allow Society and its local chapters to engage with elected and appointed officials at the State and Federal level to provide advocacy and support of sustainable practices, supportive legislation, and educational updates of tested and proven industry standards. Our goal is to inform decision-makers how their choices will ultimately impact sustainable built environments, our society, local industries, and forever shape the landscape of tomorrow through the policies, laws and regulations that are implemented today. We are not lobbyists, rather we are offering our remembers and our resources to serve as industry experts to provide information to the various government agencies when they have a defined need.
Society Level - In an effort to translate ASHRAE’s positions and activities into easily understood and communicated concepts, Society and local chapters developed a series of policy briefs. These fact sheets are distributed to government officials and others with limited technical expertise, but who would benefit from information regarding ASHRAE and its activities. You can see the complete briefs by clicking on a link below:
• Building Energy Data: A Critical Resource
• Climate Change and Building Energy Efficiency
• Consensus Standards: Expert Solutions to Meet National Needs
• Energy Efficiency for Buildings and HVAC&R Equipment
• Energy Use Metrics and Targets for Commercial Buildings
• Research and Development Needs to Meet National Goals
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education & Competitiveness
• Commercial Building Energy Use Disclosure
Local Level - On March 10, 2016, a few ASHRAE members representing our chapter traveled to the State Capitol. Our mission was to meet with key members of the House and Senate Energy committees and discuss the recommendation that the State adopt 2015 International Energy Code as a follow up to their recent adoption of the 2015 Building, Mechanical, and Plumbing codes on November 1, 2015. We paid a few visits to the offices of our local representatives, and held a lengthy discussion with Rep. David Brumbaugh, District 76, to convey our position and ask him to consider proposing legislation in the next session to update the Energy Code and help bring our State up-to-date.
Last updated: March, 2016