Happy Holidays, Golden Gate ASHRAE! In the spirit of giving, I’d like to focus this President’s Message on ways that GGASHRAE members can volunteer and make an impact to the local community. Here are a few causes that I ask you to consider:


Golden Gate ASHRAE is proud to support local ACE programs.  ACE stands for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering, and is a nationwide program for high school students that are interested in working in our field.  The students participate in a 15-week program. Each week focuses on a different topic, such as space planning, sustainability, structural engineering, MEP engineering, and cost estimating. 

ACE is looking for volunteers to help mentor students at their weekly sessions.  During these sessions, the group listens to a guest lecture, and then the students and mentors work to apply what they learned from the lecture to their semester-long project.  Weekly attendance is not required – you can volunteer as your work load permits.  There are several groups in San Francisco; you can choose to help out for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions (all from 4-6pm).  The Oakland Affiliate meets in Oakland at the Mosswood Park Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30pm. ACE is a great networking opportunity as well as a way to give back to the community.  The SF affiliate is especially looking for engineers and contractors! 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, there will be a mentor mixer on Thursday, December 11th at 6pm at HOK’s San Francisco office.  Please refer to the flier in this month's Fog Dispenser for more information. 

Key Contacts:

Oakland - Sharla Sullivan (

San Francisco – Jamie Tills ( and Jose Paix (


ASHRAE Community Sustainability Projects

ASHRAE’s Community Sustainably Project program was started in 2012-13 by Presidential Member Tom Watson, and aims to share the knowledge of members to improve the world around them. The idea of the program is to get chapter members together to volunteer our time and expertise and help the local community. Other chapters have done activities like Habitat for Humanity, state park beatification/cleanup, and fundraising for and/or assistance with building improvements for local charities.

I’m reaching out to all of you to help me find a chairperson for a new Community Sustainability Committee. This person will be tasked with identifying and organizing a community project for Golden Gate ASHRAE. I know we have many members who will volunteer to participate, if we have a committee chair to guide us to the right project.


International Living Future Institute Hosts Net Positive Energy + Water Conference

San Francisco – Jan. 22 - 23

 For an opportunity to learn and share ways that our industry can contribute on a long-term, global scale, I’d like to draw your attention to the Net Positive 2015 conference. This event, for which Golden Gate ASHRAE is a Community Partner, is taking place January 22-23, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero (San Francisco). If you aren’t already on your way to the Society Meeting in Chicago those days, we encourage you to join the International Living Future Institute for a one-and-a-half-day conference dedicated to the exchange of technical expertise, bold strategies and provocative case studies—all aimed at accelerating the global shift towards Net Positive Energy and Water buildings and communities. For more information:


There are lots of ways that each of us can make a difference. If you have a community outreach event that you’d like to share with our ASHRAE community, please feel free to contact me at, and I’d be happy to discuss whether or not ASHRAE can help promote it.