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Texas Chapter Consolidation

Hello Fellow Members and Friends of the Chapter,

2014 was a busy year and 2015 is proving to be even more exciting. Events are falling into places that are going to take our Chapter to the next level.

Last year the Chapter worked its way through organizational challenges. We contracted with AMC, an administrative management services company to help with our day to day operations. We consolidated our website and membership database. We restructured our finances and we streamlined our committees to be lean and efficient. National USGBC kept us on our toes too, with participation requests for Green Apple Day, a green schools initiative. We continued our education efforts with LEED training classes and partnered with the Green Building Resource Center to put on monthly presentations on topics relevant to our Chapter mission. All driven with the dedication of members and volunteers like you. What did become apparent though was how we were being challenged by the day to day operations and not having much time to develop new programs or partnerships. We reached out to other Texas Chapters on how they were operating and discovered that they too were asking the same questions. Could we benefit by working together? We began to answer this question with inquiries to National and other State Chapters. The answer became a “Yes”.

We recognized the power of collaboration and the potential it brings, which is why we are thrilled to announce that talks about bringing the Texas Chapters together permanently have begun. Your Chapter leadership is working diligently alongside leaders from across the State to make sure that a combined USGBC Texas has the capacity to represent the interests and concerns of the diverse communities within its borders. We know that we can be stronger together, and use this newfound strength to create better solutions to local issues and drive better community programming. Each Chapter brings something unique to the table, something that all of us can benefit from as a whole. However, it is by moving forward as a unified state that creates the capacity to truly affect positive transformation.

Sincerely,

Sergio Grado
Chair – TX Gulf Coast Region