The National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE Sustainability Committee is dedicated to the following objectives: 

  • Promote sustainable design education within and outside of the A/E/C community
  • Encourage and promote research related to energy efficiency and IEQ
  • Provide other major environmental organizations, such as USGBC, with support and technical resources
  • Represent ASHRAE at high-performance building events
  • Support ASHRAE’s efforts to strengthen building simulation and energy benchmarking
  • Support community volunteering initiatives in the region
  • Reduce the environmental footprint of chapter activities 


Upcoming Volunteer Events



Join the NCC Sustainability Committee

Explore Ways to Promote SUSTAINABILITY with FUTURE Engineers through FUTURE City

If you're looking to make a difference in the development of young engineers and make a positive impact for sustainability in the built environment, then come join us in the ASHRAE NCC Sustainability Committee as we volunteer in support of the Future City competition!

This competition allows middle school students to design cities of the future while learning engineering and project management skills. This year's focus is on designing cities with resilient power grids that can withstand natural disaster, so it's relevant and good learning for everyone.

We need engineers to serve as team mentors and judges. Mentorship means hands-on work with the student teams, while judging can be as easy as evaluating the student SimCity models or essays online, or evaluating the physical models in person.

Please contact Dave Porfiris, the co-chair of the NCC Sustainability Committee, if you have interest in participating. [email protected]

The Future City program is explained here:

The theme for this year’s competition is “Powering Our Future”

As NCC president Morgan Stevens noted in the September newsletter, our 2018-19 ASHRAE Society President Sheila Hayter’s theme for the Society year is “Building Our New Energy Future.”   Hayter’s plan is to center on ways to bridge from our energy past to the energy future, by connecting buildings, energy, and the environment into a focused collaborative system.

“We are at the front end of a major evolutionary change in how energy systems interact,” said Hayter. “Instead of individual systems - buildings, utilities, the transportation sector, and the industry sector - it’s becoming one system, and buildings are going to play a central role in that new paradigm. Buildings will be where energy is generated, stored, and commandeered, and we will be optimizing energy flow in a different way.”  Following in these footsteps, we are targeting on bringing her vision to the local chapter, and the Future City program is a perfect vehicle.

Past Volunteer Events

     River Cleanup 2018  

Join the National Capital Chapter and Potomac Conservancy at Anacostia Park on Saturday, April 14th from 9am – 12pm to help clean up the Potomac River! Join us in ASHRAE’s Global Giveback Campaign to help give back to our local community. Together we’ll keep the Potomac free of litter, so our national treasure can remain a great place to bike, hike, paddle, and fish.

When: Saturday, April 14th from 9am-12pm


Anacostia Park 

1100 Good Hope Rd SE & Anacostia Dr., Washington, DC 20003

What you need:

  • Close-toed shoes
  • A smile!  

What we provide:

Everything else!

All tools, drinking water, and supplies will be provided by Potomac Conservancy.

To make the day even more fun, our amazing partner, Great Lakes Brewing Co., will have giveaways for the first 50 volunteers to arrive on the day of the event. Also, ASHRAE NCC will provide lunch and a beer afterwards, to thank you for all your hard work.

Spots are limited, so please email Kirsten Burk at [email protected] before April 11th 2018, to reserve your spot today!

ASHRAE NCC has partnered with Habitat for Humanity NoVA! ASHRAE build day took place on February 11th 2017. We had volunteers to help build a townhome for a family in need in Reston, VA.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) brings our communities together to build decent, affordable housing – and provide hope – for people in need. Habitat NOVA provides a “hand up” to homeownership through sweat equity, donor generosity, volunteer labor and interest-free mortgages.

For questions please email Kirsten Burk at [email protected]

To check out the latest project for Habitat for Humanity take a look at this video