Get Involved & Volunteer

ASHRAE looks to leaders like you to help us develop the technology that enables high performance for the life of buildings and systems. We depend on your practical experience and knowledge base to help us become better prepared and more marketable for the growing industry.

What do I get out of volunteering?

Volunteering within ASHRAE provides you with a single resource for keeping up with technical advances in the industry. By volunteering, you gain direct access to new technology, technical information available that is universally recognized as authoritative and reliable and you influence the direction of HVAC&R technology.

What opportunities are available?

See some of the ways that you can volunteer within ASHRAE are as follows:

  • Chapter Level – With more than 170 chapters around the world, volunteering at the chapter level is one of the easiest ways to take part in ASHRAE. Volunteering at the chapter level helps you develop a better understanding of how the Society functions and how to receive the most benefit from your membership while contributing to the growth of ASHRAE. For more information on how to volunteer at the chapter level, contact us at
  • Technical Committees – As a technical committee member, you assist in planning programs for meetings, writing and reviewing Handbook chapters and assisting in developing research projects to improve equipment and system performance. ASHRAE currently has more than 100 committees addressing a range of built environment disciplines. Learn more about applying for a technical committee here.
  • Standards Committees – As a standard project committee member, you help write the Society’s standards and guidelines, which establish recommended design and operating practices embraced by the built environment community. ASHRAE publishes more than 100 standards and guidelines. Learn more here.
  • Standing Committees – ASHRAE has more than 30 standing committees, which aid in operation of the ASHRAE activities at the Society level, such as development of educational courses, approval of research projects and planning of student activities. Volunteers who serve on ASHRAE standing committees must first be nominated. For more information, please visit the nominations site.
  • Commenting Opportunities – Volunteerism within ASHRAE is not limited to service on a committee. ASHRAE also provides means for membership involvement by allowing members and others to comment on its publications, Handbook and proposed standards. To comment on ASHRAE publications, handbook, or Standards, click here. To learn more about submitting an article to the ASHRAE Journal, click here.

An updated bio is required for membership on ASHRAE committees.  Membership is not required to serve on committees, although membership is encouraged. You can update your bio here.

How can I get involved in the Oregon Chapter?

Currently, we have several volunteer positions available for the remainder of the 2016-2017 fiscal year which runs July 1 through June 30.  Please contact us for more information or if you have a skill or idea you would like to share.

  • E-newsletter editor
  • Golf chair for annual summer golf tournament
  • Government advocacy committee
  • Committee members to help plan monthly chapter meetings
  • Event photographer (amateur with own camera welcome)

Contact us for more information about local volunteer opportunities.