2012 Super Heroes Awards Gala
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Setting the Stage for Greenbuild 2012
Presenters and finalists this year include USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi, Google, Inc., Hines, the City and County of San Francisco, First Community Housing, and Urban Solutions, among others.
By Monica Renner, Marketing & Communications Manager, USGBC-NCC
On May 23rd, the Super Heroes Awards Gala will bring together the brightest minds in green building to set the stage for Greenbuild 2012, which is taking place in November and will be held in San Francisco for the first time in its ten year history. Gala attendees will build connections with fellow leaders, enjoy dinner and drinks, and get inspired by presentations from special guests and awardees.
The Super Heroes Awards program honors innovators that are pushing green building towards a sustainable future. This year’s awards will be given for Outstanding Green Portfolio, Outstanding Community Organization, David Gottfried Special Achievement, and an additional award to be announced.
The Outstanding Green Portfolio Award honors a company or organization whose portfolio of owned, operated and/or occupied real estate space demonstrates exceptional leadership and innovation in the adoption of green building standards and practices. We have an impressive group of finalists in this category:
- The City and County of San Francisco
- Google, Inc.
We will be announcing the winner of this award at the Gala.
Water Conservation Showcase Highlights
By Sonya Ringer, Intern
USGBC-NCC teamed up with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) on March 20th to host the 9th Annual Water Conservation Showcase at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. The all-day event proved itself a success, attracting 650 attendees and participants who came together to address one of the largest concerns of Californians: water.
This year’s showcase featured eight lectures by water resource experts. Audiences packed into each of these lectures, leaving standing room only in many cases. The presentations covered a range of water conservation topics and perspectives. Lectures included information directed at both the private and public sectors, as well as information for private citizens seeking to reduce residential water consumption. This year’s presentation topics included: Corporate Water Management, National Trends in the Water-Energy Connection, Case Studies in Water Conservation, New Strategies for Achieving Sustainable Water Use in the Business Sector, Systematic Solutions for Big Water Savings, Launching a Residential Greywater Program for Outdoor Irrigation, and California Water Management.
The showcase also included an expo space of industry, government, and non-profit exhibitors bringing game-changing solutions to the market. They demonstrated a variety of water-saving products and services to the attendees that can be easily integrated into our built environment.
If you were unable to attend, or missed any of the lectures, you can watch video from each of the 2012 Water Conservation Showcase lectures here.
Thank you to all of our volunteers, speakers, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, partners, and donors! The event was a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without your involvement. We look forward to continuing the conversation and convening again next year for the 10th anniversary of the Showcase!
Branch Leadership Retreat
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By Scott Watkins, Emerging Green Professionals Committee, Diablo East Bay Branch
Warm muffins and zesty coffee welcomed us-- 40+ USGBC-NCC members-- when we arrived at XL Construction’s incredible facility in Milpitas. Included among us were representative leadership of the five NCC Branches, Chapter board members, and Branch committee members. After spending a few minutes touring the LEED Silver certified XL Construction, I was impressed, but not surprised, that XL was honored by the San Francisco Business Times “as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.”
The retreat kicked-off with a group exercise: building a model skyscraper out of newspaper and tape that could support a kiwi. As our smaller workgroup, which represented all five regions of NCC, began rolling newspaper into piers for our model, we began discussing our roles within our respective branches, as well as each branch’s successes, challenges, and operational practices. We identified a great deal of symmetry between our collective branches, but also identified opportunities to replicate the procedures and successes of other branches.
Operations and Outreach Manager
U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)
offers an exciting opportunity to an entrepreneurial self-starter with
one of the most dynamic sustainability social venture organizations in
The U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter is a
not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to transform the
way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated,
enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and
prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. USGBC-NCC is
one of the largest Chapters in the country, and is the host Chapter for
2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November, the
world’s premier green building convening. Attendance of 35,000 to 40,000
is expected. The Northern California Chapter’s membership includes
hundreds of engaged volunteer members composed of a diverse array of the
area’s top green building industry leaders.
USGBC-NCC seeks a key team member who will oversee operations, as
well as support community and membership activities, online marketing,
sponsorship fulfillment and events. The position reports to the
Executive Director and Director of Special Events.
Financial & Administrative Operations
- Manage accounts payable and receivable.
- Maintain appropriate financial procedures and record keeping.
- Direct and liaise with bookkeeper as needed.
- Manage bank accounts and credit cards.
- Oversee annual financial audit.
- Office management.
- Manage all systems: phone, email, etc.
- Consult with IT tech on system upgrades, manage backups, etc.
- Manage HR practices and systems, including personnel policies,
health insurance, benefits package, performance management program, and
Membership & Communications
- Manage membership database.
- Work closely with the Director of Special Events and the
Communications Manager on Chapter membership recruitment campaign,
including messaging and outreach.
- Process membership transactions; prepare membership reports.
- Provide customer service, including volunteer and member inquiries, troubleshooting, and general support.
- Support Communications Manager: Assist with newsletter and other web related projects as necessary.
- Working closely with the Director of Special Events to support
our 5 local Branch volunteer leadership groups: process payments,
oversee contracts, coordinate logistics, ensure policies are followed,
- Coordinate sponsor payment invoicing, tracking and benefit coordination for both annual as well as event sponsors.
- Assist in the development of sponsorship packages.
- Assist with sponsorship outreach.
- Manage media and other partnerships with allied organizations.
- Support several large special events, including annual Awards Gala, and a few Greenbuild related events in 2012.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Must have 4-5 years of professional experience, ideally in
office and operations management, including bookkeeping (knowledge of
Quickbooks preferred) and administration.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and other MS Office software.
- Experience with a web Content Management System (we use
Joomla), HTML, email systems, IT, and database management strongly
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Must have a successful track record demonstrating the
consistent ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities,
both independently and as part of a small, highly collaborative team.
- Must be highly detailed and accurate.
- Must have excellent customer service skills and a professional demeanor.
- Must have excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
- Prefer volunteer management experience.
- Prefer project management skills.
- Must be resourceful and able to work independently: is self-motivated.
- Must have a passion for sustainability and social equity.
Experience in the green building industry and familiarity with LEED
preferred but not required.
- Must thrive in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment: be
versatile, eager to grow and learn, flexible and have a sense of humor.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
- Requires frequent use of a telephone, speaking in a clear and understandable manner.
- Requires frequent participation in repetitive motion activities including typing on a computer keyboard.
- Frequently requires the ability to sit for several hours at a time at a desk and computer monitor.
- Requires occasional extended work hours.
- Requires occasional local travel.
- Requires occasional lifting of objects weighing approximately 25 pounds.
- Reports to Executive Director and Director of Special Events. Works with other team members as
- Classification: Regular, Full-time (40 hours/week), Exempt.
- Compensation: Commensurate with experience, plus benefits,
including health insurance, retirement plan, flex plan, and two weeks’
vacation plus major holidays.
To apply send cover letter including salary requirements, and resume to:
. Position available immediately.