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Mission and Values...................2 From the Executive Director......3 Statistics from 2013...............4-6 New in 2013..........................7-8 Finances...................................9 Volunteers and Sponsors...10-11 2013 Annual Report 1

USGBC Colorado, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, is a local Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Having received its provisional charter in 2003, the Chapter is celebrating its tenth year. The vision of USGBC Colorado is to foster a resilient community that advances Colorado’s quality of life for a thriving environmental legacy within this generation. The Chapter offices in downtown Denver with branches in Metro Denver, Northern and Southern Colorado and an interest group in the Roaring Fork Valley.


Drive green building innovation by providing the highest quality LEED education available. Be the go-to organization for green building analysis, best practices, and trends.

Green buildings for all within a generation.

Collective impact through maximizing partnerships of Chapter volunteers, private sector, NGOs, and government. Prepare participants to be effective leaders and agents for social change, reduce the environmental impact of buildings, and foster the creation of a just and equitable society. 2013 Annual Report 2

Thank you for making 2013 a year of significance in Colorado’s green building community. More than 120 projects received LEED certification, and almost 200 new projects registered to be considered for LEED certification. As of mid-year 2013, 53% of Downtown Denver square footage was either LEED or ENERGY STAR certified. It was another big year for Fort Carson, which now boasts 56 LEED certified projects on the Post, with one of the 2013 projects reaching Platinum level. Our community of future industry leaders continues to flourish as the former USGBC Colorado Emerging Professional Chair, Shane Gring, took a position with USGBC as the national Emerging Professional lead, and USGBC student groups were active at Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, and the University of Colorado Boulder and Denver campuses. As the industry continues to move from a focus on the sustainability of individual buildings to resiliency and sustainable communities, USGBC Colorado added a new staff position: Director of Community Engagement, Sharon Alton, incorporated a Public Interest Design award into the annual Rocky Mountain Green conference and started up a Living Building Challenge working group. Additionally, the Chapter participated in Colorado Gives Day for the first time, raising over $5,000 in individual donations. More than 60 USGBC Colorado members and volunteers participated in our first day of service event, a Platte River clean-up, sponsored by Unico Properties. The national Green Apple Day of Service continues to grow, with the Chapter hosting several events across the state, including one at the Downtown Denver Aquarium, where volunteers spoke with almost 1,000 people concerning Green Schools. Speaking of Green Schools, Colorado Senator Andy Kerr was named policy maker of the year by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, in part for the passage of Senate Bill 13-279, which will continue to make Colorado schools healthy and efficient places to learn. These activities and many more would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, members, and volunteers. Thank you, all! Looking forward, we are excited to launch our LEED Experts program and ongoing activities with the Green Schools and Commercial Real Estate initiatives. The 2014 education calendar was published in late December, and the Advocacy Day at the Capitol will take place on March 4, 2014. We hope to connect with you at one of our events, through our online presence, or as a new member. Join us as we inspire, educate and connect people to transform where we live, work, play, and learn.

Angie Fyfe,

Executive Director 2013 Annual Report 3


Green Apple Day of Service

750 attendees

Denver Aquarium

Over 2000

Industry professionals Students Community Members came together for

47 events


across 4 regions

Green Schools Summit

300 attendees



Fort Collins Museum of Discovery



LEED Platinum Tour

hours 2013 Annual Report 4

Roaring Fork

13 attendees

Aspen’s Sustainable Sites Bike Tour



10 70 attendees


Chapter Advocacy Day

Completing over


continuing education hours

23 23

South Village Center



From Gold, To Brown, To Green 2013 Annual Report 5

In 2013, utility costs were the 2nd highest expense for Colorado School Districts.




Energy Reduction


Water Reduction



savings in operating costs per year

2 Teachers


a² + b² = c²




200 Computers or

5,000 or Textbooks! 2013 Annual Report 6


Advocacy Agenda

“SB 13-279 requires all school districts in Colorado to build new schools or to reconstruct schools to the highest possible efficiency.”

In the spring of 2013 after a great deal of hard work and compromise the Colorado State Legislature successfully passed SB 13-279, Increasing Energy Resource Efficiency in Public Schools. Noting that utility costs are the second highest expense for school districts, this law requires each project for a new or substantially renovated building or structure to be submitted to or verified by the highest energy efficiency standards practicable. USGBC Colorado supported the bill’s primary sponsor, Senator Andy Kerr, throughout the process by educating stakeholders and providing expert testimony.


“USGBC Colorado’s diverse membership strengthens our advocacy work and supports a more balanced approach to analyzing which policies support our mission.”

Our members are uniquely positioned to be advocates of policies that save natural resources, encourage innovation, and support local jobs. Staff participation on strategic initiatives, like the City of Denver’s Sustainability Advisory Council, helped ensure that third-party verified green building programs remain an important ingredient for meeting ambitious sustainability goals. Other advocacy activities include tracking bills of interest for members, an annual advocacy day at the state capitol, quantifying the value of green homes and convening stakeholders to advance water saving strategies like graywater and precipitation harvesting. 2013 Annual Report 7

Education & Service

Our education programs advance the Chapter’s mission and enhance the knowledge of sustainable design, construction, and operational practices; as well as promotes green building best practices and the LEED certiďŹ cation process. The intent of all USGBC Colorado educational programs is to help those involved in LEED and green building projects to learn from others and move the green building market and movement forward in this state and region.

Green Schools Summit Keynote Speaker, Stephen Ritz.

Number of LEED Green Associates in Colorado

982 Number of LEED Accredited Professionals in Colorado

Tour of Denver Union Station.

6,234 2013 Annual Report 8

INCOME Conferences, Education, LEED workshops , 146,756

Membership, local & national share , 61,109

2013 Finances

Corporate sponsorships, 83,962

Grants , 75,265 Other revenue , 16,678

Conferences, Education, LEED workshops , 75,265


2013 Board Members

General and operating , 84,846

Annette Stelmack Liz Sharrer Stan Wagner Dean Stanberry Christian Williss Don Saal

Program and chapter management , 233,745

Rebecca Reel Sheri Sanzone Maggie Bolden Christy Vider Jawara Partee 2013 Annual Report 9

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers and sponsors! The USGBC Colorado Board of Directors would like to express gratitude to our volunteers for their service to the organization by making a donation to Colorado Flood Relief on behalf of USGBC Colorado Volunteers.

USGBC Colorado Partnerships CORE Colorado Alliance for Sustainable Colorado AIA Colorado Associated General Contractors of Colorado Downtown Denver Partnership Denver Environmental Health Colorado Housing Finance Authority EPA Region 8 Colorado Department of Education Society for Marketing Professional Services Building Owners and Managers Association Colorado Energy Office Institute for the Built Environment Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Colorado Design and Construction Magazine Colorado Department of Edcuation

Erin McCauley Amber Gangelhoff Michelle Williams LeeAnn Westfall Nichole Goodman Mike Lowell Brian Levitt April Brown* Carissa Sawyer* Chip Henderson* Clayton Bartczak* Conor Merrigan* Dori Hauser* Frank X Sullivan* Josh Radoff* Sonrisa Lucero* Yael Nyholm* Sean Smith Nino Pero Ted Hughes Chris Guarino Margaret Pauls Matt Samelson Kelly Nunez Julie Edwards

Amanda Occhi Alyssa Weber Margaret Griffes Kristin Anderson Kent Freed Cliff Lind Chris Guarino Mike Bucher Katie London Michael Chalona Lindsay Southerland Amanda Poindexter Karen Crilly Aaron Nelson Phillip Saieg Amanda Timmons Matt Henderson Garrett Bourcier Becca Walkinshaw Heidi Wagner Frank Kinder Greg Collier Larry Gilford Chad Achterhof *LEED Experts 2013 Annual Report 10

USGBC Colorado 2013 Sponsors

Credits: Thank you to Matthew Henderson for designing and creating the infographic featured in this report.

Thank you to Heather Cook for her assistance in compiling this report.

USGBC Colorado Annual Report 2013  
USGBC Colorado Annual Report 2013