20.40 Talks

Inspired by PechaKucha and TED Talks, USGBC North Florida brings you a dynamic format. Enter 20.40 Talks, a series of four events throughout the year designed to unleash the creativity of our region.  Each event gathers three thought-leaders offering diverse perspectives on how to create a fully sustainable community by the year 2040. Links to all previous presentations are below.


January 7, 2015 11:30am-1pm -- Energy Efficient Cities


  • Dr. Charles E. Moreland, Chief Resiliency Officer and Director of Community Affairs, City of Jacksonville
  • Mark Lamping, President, Jaguars
  • David Ribeiro, Author, Energy Efficient City Scorecard, ACEEE

September 29, 2015 11:30-1pm UNF University Center


  • Steve McInall, Director of Electric Production Resource Planning, JEA 
  • Dr. Simon Foo, Professor and Chairman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida State University 
  • Ben Millar, Solar City

MAY 2015 20.40 TALKS  -- SOLD OUT

Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center

"Unconventional Solutions to Climate Change"


Speaker's Bio

Event Flyer

Chapter's Announcements that day

MARCH 2015 20.40 TALKS 

Sustainable Infrastructure

Three terrific speakers covering different aspects of infrastructure.

Event Flyer (please help spread the word!)

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 20.40 TALKS 

  • Chapter Announcements & Upcoming Events (PDF)
  • Not Even the 3 Pigs Built Their Homes with Glass: New Florida Energy Code -- presented by Mark Gelfo, Principal, LEED Fellow, and Director of Sustainability, TLC Engineering for Architecture (Presentation in PDF or PDF with notes or Full 1 hour presentation)
  • Ted's Montana Grill Sustainable Practices & Policies -- presented by Bryan Blazek, Proprietor of Ted's Montana Grill Orange Park (Presentation in PDF or PDF with notes)
  • City of Green Cove Springs Sustainability Plan -- presented by Janis Fleet, Development Services Director, City of Green Cove Springs and Nathan Stinnette, Sustainability Professional, RS&H (Presentation in PDF or PDF with notes; Copy of Comprehensive Plan)

MARCH 2014 20.40 TALKS

  • LEED v4 -- presented by Mark Gelfo, Principal and Vice President, TLC Engineering for Architecture.  
    • LEED V4 has launched!  Learn about the many changes to LEED including several new market sectors and categories!  Mark Gelfo is on the USGBC National Implementation Advisory Committee which made recommendations and BETA-tested LEED V4.   
  • Green Apple Day of Service -- presented by Susan Carew, Director, Facility Engineering & Energy, Duval County Public Schools, and Suzette Gagnon, Principal of Christ the King school
  • Becoming a Certified B Corporation - Presented by Rosalinda Sanquiche, Executive Director, Ethical Markets Media. 
    • B Corp certification is probably the most sustainable certification a business can receive at the moment.  It includes all aspects of a business from products and services, internal operations, to labor policies.  Come learn from a local company who went through the certification process.


Our second 20.40 Talks event was on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at UNF's University Center. The speakers included:

  • Ennis Davis, MetroJax
  • Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets and World Renown Author
  • Jen Jones, Unity Plaza
  • Geoff Painter, Senior Design Manager, Starbucks Sustainable Stores Program (PRESENTATION)

From ethical sourcing of coffee to giving back to its local communities, Starbucks has made a global commitment to sustainability. The first Starbucks store made entirely from recycled shipping containers is located in Seattle. Additionally, Jacksonville is home to Starbucks’ very first LEED certified store at Tapestry Park. Starbucks has established a goal and is working towards making all of its new, company-owned stores to be LEED certified. With now over 200 LEED-certified stores in 17 different countries, Starbucks is starting to deliver on that goal. Geoff Painter is the Starbucks Senior Design Manager for the Southeast and Florida regions. Geoff will be highlighting both some of the standard design and construction changes that Starbucks has made, and some of the unique things Starbucks is doing with its stores. 

  • Dave Packard, President, ClipperCreek Electric Vehicle Charging Station Manufacturer (PRESENTATION)

Dave Packard with Clipper Creek, Inc. will share the benefits of electric charging stations. The electric vehicle market is still young, but already there have been lessons learned in the planning and deployment of infrastructure. Learn how a company might add 120 volt outlets to their parking offerings for as little as $1 a day in energy costs. This provides a direct employee benefit and assurance that they can charge at work. There are lighting companies that offer a bundle package of switching to all LEDs which saves enough energy to pay for two charging stations. 

  • Kristin Keen, Founder and President, Rethreaded -- #1 winner at 2012 One Spark (PRESENTATION)

Rethreaded takes “upcycled” donated t-shirts and turns them into new creations for sale. Rethreaded provides a four-month holistic training program, and then full-time employment as seamstresses for women in the Jacksonville, Florida area who are coming out of lives of addiction, violence, human trafficking, and prostitution. Founder Kristin Keen first encountered the effects of the sex trade while living in Kolkata, India. She was part of a business startup there and now that business employs over 85 women. Rethreaded was founded in 2011 and employed its first employees in 2012. Rethreaded was the top vote-getter in One Spark this year and has been enjoying the amazing press that they have received from this unexpected win. 

Come see three dynamic speakers in under one hour, with time for lunch and interaction with your peers!

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