By: Vineet Nair

As we continue to look forward into the 2019-2020 ASHRAE year, there needs to be conscious effort by every member to raise awareness about sustainability through leadership. There are multiple sustainability and energy efficiency related courses hosted by the ASHRAE Learning Institute that all members can benefit from. The online courses are three hours long and each registrant earns continuing education credits for the course. Some of the upcoming available courses related to sustainability and energy efficiency are listed below. A complete list of the ASHRAE Learning Institute courses can be found here.

·       2 Oct 2019 - How Smart, Efficient, Sustainable Systems Lead to Improved Resilience

·       10 Oct 2019 - Laboratory Exhaust Stacks: Safe and Energy Efficient Design

·       29 Oct 2019 - Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems

·       06 Nov 2019 - Design of Affordable and Efficient Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems

We are still discussing ideas for a chapter sponsored project that would help our local community become more sustainable. Some examples of what other chapters have done include a Ban the Bottle project by the ASHRAE Florida West Coat Chapter and  an energy efficient equipment upgrade for the YWCA of Salt Lake City’s Teen Home by the ASHRAE Utah Chapter.

To see other examples of community sustainability projects please visit

All ideas are welcome and appreciated.

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