Green building guild changes name; expands to reach more of Colorado

BOULDER – The Boulder Green Building Guild is expanding in a bid to create a statewide energy efficiency retrofit program.

The Boulder-based nonprofit organization in January changed its name to the Colorado Green Building Guild. Its headquarters is remaining in Boulder.

The guild’s new mission is to make energy efficient “green” building a more common practice in Colorado, because it makes sense from an economic standpoint, said Julie Herman, the guild’s executive director.

“We believe we have what’s needed to move the industry forward on a broader scale,” Herman said.

The guild will apply for grants and federal funding to tie together economic development, job training and energy efficient “green” building across Colorado, Herman said. The guild’s operating revenue comes from membership dues, business sponsorship opportunities and event registration.

The existing guild, made up largely of building industry professionals, has worked closely with the federally funded EnergySmart program in Boulder County. EnergySmart gives homeowners and building owners rebates and incentives to get work done to make existing buildings more energy efficient. It will continue to work with EnergySmart.

EnergySmart is funded with a $25 million grant from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings grant program. The federal grant was awarded to the Boulder County program, as well as programs in the City and County of Denver, Garfield County and the Denver Regional Council of Governments.