November Issue of ACE Insider
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November 2016 | Issue 16
New Database in the Works
In mid-November ACE will begin building a new database. Completion is targeted for June 2017 in time for students and mentors to register for the new program year.

The present database has long outlived its usefulness and cannot meet the future needs of affiliates and the national office. It was created a decade ago when ACE had half the number of affiliates, students, and mentors as today.

Several national sponsors generously committed additional support for this critical project. EMCOR is helping ACE coordinate and manage the work of an independent contractor competitively selected to develop the new database. Recommendations from many affiliates helped shape the specs laid out in the RFP.

Among the changes to expect are:
Improved scholarship module that allows some customization by affiliates
New alumni- and sponsor- tracking features
Integrated email system somewhat similar to the Mail Chimp program
Smoother, more user-friendly interfaces for students and mentors
As this project proceeds, affiliate leaders will receive periodic updates and more details. Beta testing will take place late next spring. Before the official launch of the new database, affiliates will receive extensive training.
Transition at the Top
In early October, the ACE Board of Directors named Diana Eidenshink Interim Executive Director of ACE National. She concurrently will continue her role as Regional Director for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The Board also approved an extension of Chairman Thomas Gilbane’s term of office for a third year. He will continue to serve in this capacity through 2017.
13 ACE Alumni Scored Scholarships to USGBC's Greenbuild Conference
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded scholarships to a record 13 ACE alumni to attend its Greenbuild expo and conference held in Los Angeles in early October. From the classes of 2012-2016, 12 alums received scholarships covering transportation and conference fees, and one alum from Los Angeles had his conference fee waived. These individuals hailed from eight affiliates – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Indianapolis (2 winners), Los Angeles, New York City (3), Northeast Florida, and Portland, OR.

Adam Wahab (ACE Class of 2013, New York City Affiliate; currently enrolled at SUNY Delhi) described his experience as follows: “My 4 days at Greenbuild were the most incredible and rewarding experience I ever received. It is something I will always want to come back to. I was very excited to meet people from different regions of the country and outside the U.S.”

“The Greenbuild conference was amazing!” said Carlos Rodriguez (ACE Class of 2012, Indianapolis Affiliate; current student at Indiana University--Purdue University, Indianapolis). “The amount of knowledge gained during the short amount of time is incredible.”
Affiliate Roundup
The New Haven chapter of the Connecticut Affiliate received from the Connecticut Green Building Council the “Student Project Award of Honor” for a project that addresses rising sea levels and increased storm frequency on a section of the state’s shoreline. This project was a second runner-up in the 2016 CIRT-ACE National Design Competition.
Two affiliates recently received notable press attention. A lengthy profile of the Washington, DC Affiliate appeared in the fall issue of The Who’s Who in Building & Construction (Metro DC and Northern VA edition). San Diego Affiliate students from El Camino High School were highlighted on a KUSI TV news broadcast.
The Washington Affiliate in Seattle has extended its reach south this year, setting up a team in Tacoma.
In its first two years of operation, the Southern Nevada Affiliate has grown more than 400%, from 12 students last year to 58 in 2016.
The Los Angeles and Portland affiliates have come up winners at their September golf outings. LA’s 5th Annual Golf Classic generated $85K for scholarships and program operations. Portland’s 4th Annual Pro-Am Scramble raised almost $50K, a 56% increase over the preceding year.
The Inland Empire Affiliate recently received a $10K grant for its scholarship program from the HMC Designing Futures Foundation. This enabled the affiliate to offer scholarships this year to a record 35 high school seniors and alumni already in college.
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