Coming off of a long, taxing election season, I can breathe a sigh of relief. This isn't because my candidate
won, but because it's finally over, and we can now focus on what makes us unified as a nation and not on
what divides us. I'm sure you noticed it was rare to find someone who wasn't passionate about this past
election. People cared about the outcome deeply and surprisingly, and therefore, they voted. They cared
about something and they voiced their opinion.
I can't help but reflect on how fortunate we are to have that freedom. How terrible would it be if our voices
couldn't be heard? What if the federal government made decisions about who would lead our country with
little to no regard for the voice of the people? What if our citizens didn't care enough to voice their
opinions? What a miserable nation we would be, I'm sure you would all agree.
Have you ever considered how those concepts are at play in our HVAC/R industry? I'm talking about the
voicing of opinions, the voting, the leadership, and the legal, ethical, and environmental ramifications of our
decisions. Like our great nation, we, as member of the HVAC/R community, are able to voice our opinions,
selecting who leads us, what standards are published, and what is included in those standards. Do you
realize that you have a say in these things if you are a member of ASHRAE? Do you realize the magnitude of
ASHRAE standards on our day-to-day activity? It is, in a word, definitive.
In another word, it is inclusive.
You see, ASHRAE defines much of what we do and how we do it. This is equally true for the engineer,
contractor, architect, and manufacturer. If you participate in this industry, ASHRAE unavoidably and indelibly
permeates everything you do. This reality benefits us in that there is a standard for so many things that
were previously unmonitored at best and harmful at worst.
As professionals, ASHRAE makes it possible for many of us to enjoy careers designing, installing, servicing,
and selling HVAC/R systems. As a professional, you must have an opinion - and preferably a strong one - on
the right way and the wrong way to do things. You must have an opinion of ASHRAE. And I encourage you to
voice that opinion. Get active in ASHRAE on a chapter level and a society level. ASHRAE has paved the way
for you to have a career. Don't you owe it to ASHRAE, and all your peers, to participate?
To quote one of our greats, Ken Buck said, "The primary benefit of being a member was the exchange of
knowledge." We all, as benefactors of this exchange, are deeply indebted to those who preceded us, as well
as to our peers who maintain this exchange. Opinions, specifically yours, matter. Join in and share them, the
stronger the better.
ASHRAE Mobile Chapter President