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2018 WISE Intern

Say hello to ASHRAE’s 2018 WISE intern Victor Rodriguez. He is a rising senior at the University of Central Florida (UCF) studying Mechanical Engineering. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Victor is interested in pursuing a graduate level degree that focuses on the interface between technology and society.

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HPBC

The High Performance Building Coalition is a group of approximately 200 organizations that supports legislation and policies that protect life and property, promote innovative building technologies, enhance U.S. economic competitiveness, increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment, advance sustainable and resilient communities, and support the development of private sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns.

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This bi-weekly enewsletter is the best way to keep up with news and notes on  recent government activities in Washington, D.C. of interest to ASHRAE members and others. Keep connected to federal and state activities. Read the current Government Affairs Update and earlier updates, and subscribe if you haven’t already!

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GOVERNMENT OUTREACH DAYS

Watch the video to see how members connect directly with elected officials. In this video, you’ll follow a group of volunteers to the gold-domed Georgia state capitol for ASHRAE’s Government Affairs Committee’s innovative “Day on the Hill.” You will also learn how you can plan your own government outreach event!

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Sign-in to ASHRAE’s bill tracker to learn about current federal and state bills. (Must be a member to sign in). Interested in a specific issue?

Reference ASHRAE’s position on the topic and seek out a representative who shares similar views.

Questions about ASHRAE's Government Affairs Office and how they can help you?

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Email us at:
GovAffairs@ashrae.org

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Find a Rep

Once you are  signed in, ASHRAE’s bill tracker provides contact information for your local representatives. You can also find your US Representative or US Senator.

Take it one step further by introducing yourself as a representative of ASHRAE and begin explaining your stance.

Take Action

Take Action

ASHRAE’s bill tracker allows you to write or call your Congressional and State representatives. In addition, submit your comments about the bill and share it with your peers. Once you’ve made contact with your representative, create a strategy with your local ASHRAE Chapter members.

If your efforts gain traction, begin planning a “Day on the Hill.”

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Minimizing the Risk of Legionnaire's Disease

The risks of legionellosis can be minimized if requirements are followed during the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, repair, replacement and expansion of new and existing buildings and their water systems and components. ASHRAE is asking its Chapters to get involved by encouraging municipal, state, and federal governments and legislative bodies to adopt Standard 188 into law. Don’t wait until an outbreak occurs, talk to your government about minimizing the risk of legionnaires’ disease.

Based on ASHRAE Standard 188, CDC’s toolkit “Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth and Spread in Buildings: A Practical Guide to Implementing Industry Standards.” This guide provides a checklist for building owners and managers to help identify if a water management program is needed, examples to help identify where Legionella could grow and spread in a building and ways to reduce risk the of contamination. Download the CDC Toolkit

If you'd like more information about Standard 188, request a distinguished lecturer visit to educate your fellow chapter members at ashrae.org/distinguishedlecturers.

Legionellosis: Making Building Water Systems Safer through Regulation

The risks of Legionellosis–or Legionnaire’s Diseases–can be minimized if requirements are followed during the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, repair, replacement and expansion of new and existing buildings and their water systems and components. But governments don’t need to wait until an outbreak occurs, so ASHRAE is asking its Chapters to get involved by encouraging municipal, state, and federal governments and legislative bodies to adopt Standard 188 into law.

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What Grinds My Gears

Please share a few words about what government affairs/public policy issues you are interested and/or would like to be involved in or any pressing issues you feel ASHRAE should be involved in.

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Public Policy Issue Briefs

In an effort to translate ASHRAE's positions and activities into easily understood and communicated concepts, the Government Affairs Office has developed a series of policy briefs.

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