Jul 6, 2010 6:00 PM  PDT

From the Executive Director’s Desk: Pleased to Welcome Bob Chase to Build It Green

I am so pleased to tell you all that Bob Chase – Architect, LEED AP, Certified Green Building Professional and GreenPoint Rater – will be joining Build It Green as Director of our Government Relations program this summer.

After practicing architecture for 35 years in the private sector in Boston, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Bob most recently served as the Chief Building Official for the County of Sacramento.  As the first licensed architect to hold this position for the City of Sacramento, Bob developed and championed a green building program for both the city and county.  His many public speaking engagements on behalf of the program garnered him a nomination to the State Building Standards Commission Green Building Code Advisory Committee by the California Air Resources Board.  Bob was also an instrumental member of a state-wide team preparing and submitting proposals to the California Energy Commission (CEC) and Department of Energy for energy efficiency and green building programs.  The CEC has designated Bob as the Regional Coordinator to implement the California FIRST AB 811 PACE Energy Efficiency Upgrade program for Sacramento and Yolo Counties.

At Build It Green, Bob will take over direction of the Government Relations program, which offers strategic assistance to local governments for developing, promoting, and implementing their green building policies and programs.  Bob will be replacing our previous Government Relations Manager, Elise Hunter, who departed for graduate school in May.  

Bob will be working primarily from Sacramento, and we are excited to see our Government Relations program take on a more active role in the legislative process under his direction.  In addition to participating in green building related legislation, Bob will represent Build It Green’s position through policy white papers and participation in statewide hearings.  One of Bob’s first priorities will be to attend the hearings regarding the suspension of AB 32, California’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction law.  He will also be assisting state and local agencies in the refinement of CALGreen and its associated tiers.

Bob has a long history with Build It Green.  He was instrumental in bringing a Build It Green Public Agency Council chapter to the City of Sacramento, served on the chapter’s steering committee and consistently presented at quarterly meetings.  He has attended many of our trainings over the years, and helped facilitate a strategic relationship between Build It Green and the North State BIA.

I am very happy to welcome Bob to our team, and look forward to his leadership of this important program.

Catherine A. Merschel
Executive Director
Build It Green

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