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July 2009

Letter from William "Bill" Orr, CHPS' New Executive Director

Dear friends and colleagues in the CHPS community:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”

This passage from the beginning of the Charles Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities has as much relevance today as when Dickens wrote it about the times of the French Revolution. We are at a critical point for life on this planet – for our species, for our country, for our communities, for our children, for our very future. Every child in our country deserves the opportunity to attend and realize the benefits of a high performance school. However, with the recent economic downturn it is imperative that this paradigm shift be completed before the window of opportunity slams shut. CHPS is uniquely positioned to be part of the solution to our nation’s economic recovery.

This is my dream job and as I return to CHPS as its new Executive Director I bring with me the knowledge, experience and an approach that make me perfectly suited for this challenge. My previous role as the technical committee chair of CHPS and working in a board setting for the State of California for the past 23 years will serve me well in the months and years ahead. My managerial style integrates the following aspects: strategic leadership, situational management, a collaborative approach, systems thinking, and legacy. I value and thrive in a mission-driven environment and will work with the CHPS Board of Directors and staff to develop and maintain its strategic plan, use it to build the annual program plan and budget, and follow it as the blueprint for CHPS direction and growth. I see the connections between things and seek optimized, multi-media system solutions. Finally, legacy has always been important in all I do. The schools we build now are our legacy for the next 50 years and beyond. The children we educate in those schools are our future.

I have developed a three-point plan to work with under the guidance of the CHPS Board and CHPS membership - current and prospective - as follows:

1. Complete the transition from a regional organization to a national program – CHPS is a model for progressive organizations in our flattening world. Other states and schools districts are attracted to CHPS because of its unique collaborative approach that is particularly well suited to the state-to-state differences in school funding and construction. The challenge of completing the quantum leap to a national organization is to develop a sustainable funding model that preserves CHPS technical credibility and integrity. I am excited by the challenge of growing our ambitions and effectively managing costs.
2. Ensure that CHPS technical resources continue at the forefront of green building science – Keys to success are keeping a pulse on emerging issues and drivers, the latest technological developments, and effective low technology solutions with application to high performance schools; the recruitment and retention of talented CHPS staff; and the incredible contributions by all of the CHPS volunteers who are esteemed experts in their respective disciplines.
3. Facilitate meeting state high performance school construction goals – The bottom line for CHPS is how many high performance schools are built and how many students go to high performance schools. The main focus here is to work with the CHPS states and the broader membership to meet their respective and collective building goals. I will be proactive in encouraging additional states and school districts to make CHPS their standard while being responsive to individual schools that approach CHPS.

For those of you who may know me as “CHPS technical guy,” I look forward to you discovering my other abilities in my new capacity as Executive Director. To those of you who don’t know me I look forward to meeting you soon. I am ecstatic about the opportunity to devote my full attention and working with the entire CHPS community to realize our shared dream together as I transition from “saving the world one dump at a time” back to “saving the world one school at a time.”


William R. (Bill) Orr, C.E.G.
Incoming CHPS Executive Director

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Colorado CHPS Criteria Released for Third Public Review

The Colorado CHPS Criteria has been released for its third public review period. The committee will be accepting comments only on credits that were added, deleted, or substantially changed during the second public review. The third public review began July 2, 2009 and will close on July 17, 2009.

The CO-CHPS committee is accepting comments on the following credits:

  • LEI 3.3 School Garden
  • EE 1.1 Superior Energy Performance
  • ME 2.0 Minimum Construction Site Waste Management
  • EQ 1.3 Electric Lighting
  • EQ 2.0A: Minimum HVAC and Construction IEQ Requirements
  • EQ 2.8 Dedicated Outside Air Systems
  • EQ 3.0 Minimum Acoustical Performance
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