Attendees of ASHRAE’s June 28-July 2 annual meeting in Seattle got their first look at the strategic plan that will guide the group during the next several years.

The plan’s four pillars — connect, educate, extend and adapt — will guide the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers during the next several years, 2013-2014 President Bill Bahnfleth said.

“Planning provides our map from the present to the future,” Bahnfleth said.  “In laying the groundwork for the new plan that can guide us over the next three to five years, we asked key questions of ourselves and others.  Who are our members and what are their needs?  How do we structure our society to be truly global and financially sound? ASHRAE is a conservative organization and has a strong reputation and good financial health to show for it. However, there are times when we have to venture beyond certainties to meet new challenges and take advantage of critical opportunities. I believe we have been in such a period for nearly a decade. This plan allows us to be more proactive in shaping our future.”

The full plan can be seen at www.ashrae.org/strategicplan.

Bahnfleth’s father, Don Bahnfleth, was involved in creating the society’s first strategic plan in 1985.

“We could not fully capitalize on the strength of our members’ volunteer commitment if we did not provide a stable platform on which progress toward a collective goal could be built on from year to year,” Don Bahnfleth said at the time.

The society also announced that members have donated a record $2.35 million for research in the past year.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers used its recent summer meeting in Seattle in announce a new strategic plan.