Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee

Chair: Meghan McNulty


The Grassroots Governmental Activities Committee (GGAC) is actively involved in providing current and relevant information to chapter members regarding local and state governmental activities where the design industry, energy initiatives, and building codes may be impacted.  The Committee promotes ASHRAE standards to governing officials by being actively involved in keeping local, provincial and state governments updated on technical issues.

Since the establishment of the Grassroots Governmental Activities Committee in 2013, educating governmental officials has been the primary focus.  This has been especially true when considering the positive or detrimental affects potential alterations to building codes and/or energy codes may have in the design industry and energy sector. During the legislative session, we will schedule a Day on the Hill event, where volunteers meet with their state representatives to discuss how ASHRAE can be a resource for them, and to let them know their constituents are experts in topics related to the built environment, such as energy codes, refrigerant safety, energy efficiency in existing buildings, and indoor environmental quality. 

ASHRAE Atlanta members who are interested in taking a greater role in GGAC's work should fill out our advocacy survey, or contact GGAC Chair Meghan McNulty

The 2018 Day on the Hill will be Tuesday, February 20th. See the Chapter Events listing for additional details and to sign up.

Key Local Issues for 2017-2018:

  • Updates to Georgia's Energy Code
The 2015 IECC Task Force has completed its recommendations for Georgia State Supplements and Amendments to the code, to be effective January 1, 2019.  ASHRAE Atlanta member (and former GGAC Chair) John Pruitt served on the 2015 IECC Task Force, and promoted the use of the HVAC efficiency tables from ASHRAE 90.1-2013 in the state amendments.  These recommendations will be reviewed by the State Codes Advisory Committee of the Department of Community Affairs on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 10 am.
  • City of Atlanta 100% Clean Energy Plan

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a resolution to achieve 100% clean energy for city operations by 2025, and 100% clean energy community-wide by 2035. Your input on the plan to achieve these goals in needed! Take the Community Survey at before December 15, 2017. You can also attend a Community Conversation to learn more about the plan and provide feedback. Two meetings are remaining, and you can RSVP at the link. Free food and childcare will be provided at all Community Conversations:
- West Atlanta - Monday, November 20, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm at City of Refuge, 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30314.
- North Atlanta - Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm at Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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