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  • Monday, February 08, 2016 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Weekly eNewsletter for the US Green Building Council Florida Chapter, Northeast Florida Region

    February 9, 2016


    In This issue:  

    Chapter Event

    USGBC National News

    Community Event

    Green Tip of the Week

    Chapter Events

    Best of GreenBuild Webcast - Google's Global Approach to Sustainable Operations

    WEDNESDAY, February 10, 2015; 7:30 - 8:30 AM

    Location: At Your Desk via GoToMeeting

    1 hour of LEED Specific O+M

    1 AIA LU/HSW Credit Hour

    This is a self-reporting series. You will receive a certificate of attendance yet you need to self-report your own continuing education credits to GBCI, AIA, etc.

    Now is your chance to see some of the top-notch sessions that were recorded at 2015 Greenbuild!

    Sustainable Pursuit (SP) has been the cornerstone for Google’s sustainable operations practices since 2011. The program supports 70+ offices in 40+ countries with anywhere from 25 to 3,500 occupants. Facilitating a program that can be utilized by office tenants with diverse cultural foundations, sustainability acumen, and approaches to human health is no small feat. Few sustainable operations programs for tenant operations, and fewer that share Google’s priority on health, exist. SP builds on LEEDv3 EB: O&M to implement Google’s vision of maintaining excellent user experience, sustainability and health. Google offices are predominantly tenant spaces and with varying control. The challenges of each office are vast and are regionally unique. For example, assessing IAQ (EBOM EQpc68) requires securing the correct tests and experienced technicians; commissioning submeter systems (EBOM EAp1, EAc3.2) uncovers legacy systems incompatibilities; and, conducting waste audits (EBOM MRp2, MRc6, MRc7) requires Google to navigate numerous waste management options. Throughout its life SP has uncovered numerous lessons learned and innovative solutions. During this presentation, Google’s Operations [e]Team regional office leads will discuss how they leverage their expertise in IEQ, energy management, and waste diversion for unique office situations across the globe.

    COST:

    • FREE to all current members of any USGBC Florida Chapter/Region/Branch
    • $25 for non-members

    Register Online!

    Green Carpet Film Series: Tapped, a highly acclaimed movie about bottled water

    TUESDAY, February 16, 2015

    6-6:30pm Check-in & Networking

    6:30pm Film Starts

    7:45ish pm Expert Panel Discussion Post Film

    COST

    $10 Adults
    Seniors & Students (ID required)

    Join us for the first film in the 2016 Green Carpet Film Series of the highly acclaimed movie, Tapped, a documentary about bottled water.



    Register online.

    USGBC National News

    LEED v4 education highlights location and transportation

    Location and transportation (new category to BD+C, ID+C and O+M projects) rewards thoughtful decisions about building location, with credits that encourage compact development, alternative transportation and connection to amenities such as restaurants and parks.

    Three ways to learn more about LEED v4, location and transportation

    Community Events

    Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival in Gainesville

    February 11-14, 2016

    @ The Hippodrome

    http://cinemaverde.org/

    Facebook Event

    CSI Lunch Presentation - FiberTite Roofing Systems

    TUESDAY, February 16, 2015; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Location:  UNF University Center

    Our program discusses how major roofing systems perform against top five criteria that effect roof life will be the focus of this program. We’ll first provide a brief description and installation methods of the six major roofing systems for low-slope roofing: Built-Up, Modified Bitumen, EPDM, PVC, TPO and KEE. This is followed by a discussion on the major performance criteria that effects the life of the roof; e.g., UV, Wind, etc, narrowing a broad list down to the top five. Lastly, we’ll compare how these six major roofing systems typically perform vs. these top five performance criteria.

    More information is posted on the Chapter’s website,http://jacksonville.csinet.org.

    Member Registration, $15 Click here.

    Non-member Registration, $20 Click here.

    Challenges with Registration above, please feel free to Click here to email your RSVP directly to the Chapter Secretary.

    Build Resiliently in Northeast Florida

    February 29, 2016 at 4:00pm: Part 2: Incentivize Development in Less Vulnerable Areas

    You will be interested in the following meetings if you care about how to build resiliently in Northeast Florida, how we might define “less vulnerable” areas, and how to incentivize resilient buildings and growth in less vulnerable areas.

    You are invited to be part of these discussions, supported by the business-focused Public/Private Regional Resiliency Committee of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. Register for the meetings at this link.

    We need your input, and hope to see you there!

    Get 8 FREE CEUs including FBC Advanced Code

    Advanced Residential Energy Code Compliance: Methods, Tools and Verification

    Sponsored by Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Building Commission

    St. Augustine / St. Johns County

    March 3, 2016 - 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

    The free day 1 program sponsored by the DBPR will provide students with an overview of the science of energy use contributors in buildings, energy code compliance methods, tools and field verification issues, and prepare them to address common questions. The course is comprised of three main sections-- Building Science, The Residential Florida Energy Code (including a discussion of compliance and energy saving improvement options), and Residential Energy Code Forms. (4 CEU’s or PDH’s) 
    CILB#0609608/AR#9878165/ECLB#0801134/BOLA#0009494/
    FBPE exp4028/FBC#697.0 – 4 CEU’s (Adv. Code) / PDH’s

    http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/map/stjohns_county.shtml 

    Download Flyer (pdf)

    Play for ACE Casino Night

    FRIDAY, March 4, 2016; 6:30 PM

    Hidden Hills Country Club

    Download Flyer (pdf) for more information.

    Register Online.

    Green Tip of the Week

    Valentine's Day Green Tips


    Follow these green Valentine’s Day tips and you’ll benefit more than just your special someone: you’ll be supporting healthy communities and a healthy planet. Now that’s heartwarming.

    Give Eco-Friendly Chocolate. Not only does the Rainforest Alliance certify chocolate that’s better for the environment, “shopping the frog” ensures that cocoa farmers have good living and working conditions. Find Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate (and other products) here. The Arbor Day Foundation also sells a line of shade grown organic chocolatesin their online shop.

    Send an eCard. Love wildlife? Check out these free Valentine e-cards from World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International.

    Buy Local Flowers. If flowers are your style, swing by your local farmers’ market for a fresh bouquet of your favorites. It beats buying imported flowers that have often been doused in pesticides. Check out Local Harvest to find a sustainable florist near you.

    Read more...

    Source: earthshare.org

    Emily F. Crews, LEED® AP BD+C, CPSM
    Strategic Committee Chair, USGBC Northeast Florida Region Communications
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    904.396.8344
    emily.crews@tlc-eng.com

     

     

     

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

     

    Gold Level

    Silver Level

    Are you looking for more exposure for your firm?

    Why not become an annual sponsor or event sponsor? The chapter has numerous sponsorship opportunities available. Click HERE or contact Kim Jowerskimberly.jowers@tlc-eng.com or Sarah Borensarahboren@usgbcnf.orgfor more information. 

    Board of Directors 2016

    CHAIR:

    Kimberly Jowers, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    VICE CHAIR:

    Mike Hornsby
    Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

    SECRETARY/
    TREASURER:

    James Richardson, City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board

    Carrie-Lynn Black, Green Team Project

    Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, EMP, GGP, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    Dr. Ashley Johnson,
    Jacksonville University

    Joey McKinnon, P.G.
    Environmental Geologist

    Sam Kanadilo, C.E.M.
    Green Building Design

    Deanna McDonald
    Health Planning Council

    Dr. J. David Lambert, UNF

    Sophia Bryant, EI, LEED GA Civil Engineer

    Robert Riva, LEED AP BD+C, Holland & Knight (General Counsel)

    USGBC Florida Staff

    Lee Cooke, Executive Director

    Sarah Boren, LEED AP Homes, LEED AP BD+C, State Director of Policy and Programs

    Brandice Pelfrey, Director of Member Services

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  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    The Weekly eNewsletter for the US Green Building Council Florida Chapter, Northeast Florida Region

    February 2, 2016


    In This issue:  

    Chapter Event

    Community Event

    Green Tip of the Week

    Chapter Events

    USGBC Edu-Cast Program:  Next Generation of Certification: LEED v4, WELL, SITES, PEER & GRESB (Rebroadcast due to high demand)

    THURSDAY, February 4, 2015; 12:00 - 1:00

    Location: At Your Desk via GoToMeeting

    Best of Greenbuild Webcast Series

    1 hour of LEED Specific BD+C, ID+C, O+M, ND & Homes

    1 AIA LU/HSW Credit Hour

    This is a self-reporting series. You will receive a certificate of attendance yet you need to self-report your own continuing education credits to GBCI, AIA, etc.

    Now is your chance to see some of the top-notch sessions that were recorded at 2015 Greenbuild!

    COST:

    • FREE to all current members of any USGBC Florida Chapter/Region/Branch
    • $25 for non-members

    Register Online!

    Community Events

    2016 Water Education Festival

    SATURDAY, February 6, 2016; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    The 2016 Water Education Festival, sponsored by the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board in partnership with the St. Johns Riverkeeper, will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016. The festival will be take place at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) from 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is free to the public that day and there will be a number of educational exhibits and presentations along with free guided tours of the St. Johns River. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Build Resiliently in Northeast Florida

    February 29, 2016 at 4:00pm: Part 2: Incentivize Development in Less Vulnerable Areas

    You will be interested in the following meetings if you care about how to build resiliently in Northeast Florida, how we might define “less vulnerable” areas, and how to incentivize resilient buildings and growth in less vulnerable areas.

    You are invited to be part of these discussions, supported by the business-focused Public/Private Regional Resiliency Committee of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. Register for the meetings at this link.

    We need your input, and hope to see you there!

    Play for ACE Casino Night

    FRIDAY, March 4, 2016; 6:30 PM

    Hidden Hills Country Club

    Register Online.

    Green Tip of the Week

    Meeting Planner's Guide to Going Green

    This guide is offered by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives. Sustainable initiatives are voluntary, non-regulatory programs that assist Florida industry and citizens in protecting Florida’s environment. Sustainable Initiatives programs include the Clean Marina Program, the Clean Vessel Act program and the Florida Green Lodging Program.

    Selecting a Destination

    • Select destinations compatible with the event’s purpose and the demographics of the attendees. If a destination requires extensive attendee travel, consider using carbon offset programs.
    • Use a list of environmental criteria or the Destination Selection Questionnaire [PDF - 65KB] with each meeting Request for Proposal (RFP). The questionnaire helps you gain information about a destination’s environmental practices.
    • Ask the destination’s convention and visitors’ bureau (CVB) and local destination management companies (DMCs) to recommend venues and suppliers that have environmental practices in place.

    Read more…

    Source: dep.state.fl.us

    Emily F. Crews, LEED® AP BD+C, CPSM
    Strategic Committee Chair, USGBC Northeast Florida Region Communications
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    904.396.8344
    emily.crews@tlc-eng.com

     

     

     

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

     

    Gold Level

    Silver Level

    Are you looking for more exposure for your firm?

    Why not become an annual sponsor or event sponsor? The chapter has numerous sponsorship opportunities available. Click HERE or contact Kim Jowers kimberly.jowers@tlc-eng.com or Sarah Boren sarahboren@usgbcnf.org for more information. 

    Board of Directors 2016

    CHAIR:

    Kimberly Jowers, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    SECRETARY:

    James Richardson, City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board

    TREASURER:

    Carrie-Lynn Black, Green Team Project

    Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, EMP, GGP, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    Mike Hornsby
    Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

    Dr. Ashley Johnson,
    Jacksonville University

    Joey McKinnon, P.G.
    Environmental Geologist

    Sam Kanadilo, C.E.M.
    Green Building Design

    Deanna McDonald
    Health Planning Council

    Dr. J. David Lambert, UNF

    Sophia Bryant, EI, LEED GA Civil Engineer

    Robert Riva, LEED AP BD+C, Holland & Knight (General Counsel)

    USGBC Florida Staff

    Lee Cooke, Executive Director

    Sarah Boren, LEED AP Homes, LEED AP BD+C, State Director of Policy and Programs

    Brandice Pelfrey, Director of Member Services

    Follow Us!

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  • Saturday, January 23, 2016 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    The Weekly eNewsletter for the US Green Building Council Florida Chapter, Northeast Florida Region

    January 26, 2016


    In This issue:  

    Chapter Events

    Community Event

    USGBC National News

    Green Tip of the Week

    Chapter Events

    USGBC NF Innovation Forums

    THURSDAY, January 28, 2016;  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Haskell, 111 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Register Online.

    See our Facebook event!

    Community Events

    Green HVAC Done Right

    THURSDAY, January 28, 2016; 7:00 – 10:00 AM

    Breakfast: 7 – 7:45 AM; Event: 8 – 10:00 AM

    Location:  Holiday Inn East Baymeadows – 11083 Nurseryfields Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32256

    Reduce first cost.  Lower operating cost.  Enhance comfort.

    Join Trane for "Green HVAC Done Right," a presentation on the latest sustainable HVAC system designs. Learn how high-efficiency, low-emission systems optimize performance and enhance comfort, acoustics and indoor air quality, while providing an opportunity to reduce both initial cost and operating expense.

    Earn 2 continuing education hours toward LEED credentialing maintenance and AIA continuing education (HSW) by attending.

    FREE, but please RSVP

    Battle for the Barriers, Environmental Documentary

    SATURDAY, January 30, 2016; 7:45 PM

    Corazon Cinema and Cafe

    Compounded by sea level rise and stronger and more frequent storms, lives and infrastructure in coastal communities are increasingly at risk for flooding and wind driven destruction from events like super storm Sandy. Battle for the Barriers explores adaptation strategies and projects in coastal states along the Eastern US seaboard designed to help safeguard the people, wildlife and properties in these storm and flood prone areas. In the absence of Federal policy to address climate change, state-based organizations, both public and private, seek to protect beaches.  Special Guest: Manley Fuller, Pres of Fla Wildlife Federation.

    Tickets

    2016 Water Education Festival

    SATURDAY, February 6, 2016; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    The 2016 Water Education Festival, sponsored by the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board in partnership with the St. Johns Riverkeeper, will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016. The festival will be take place at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) from 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is free to the public that day and there will be a number of educational exhibits and presentations along with free guided tours of the St. Johns River. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Build Resiliently in Northeast Florida

    February 29, 2016 at 4:00pm: Part 2: Incentivize Development in Less Vulnerable Areas

    You will be interested in the following meetings if you care about how to build resiliently in Northeast Florida, how we might define “less vulnerable” areas, and how to incentivize resilient buildings and growth in less vulnerable areas.

    You are invited to be part of these discussions, supported by the business-focused Public/Private Regional Resiliency Committee of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. Register for the meetings at this link.

    We need your input, and hope to see you there!

    Play for ACE Casino Night

    FRIDAY, March 4, 2016; 6:30 PM

    Hidden Hills Country Club

    Register Online.

    USGBC National News

    This January, LEED v4 Education Focuses on Water

    Water connects and interacts with everything, especially in buildings. With the right design, green buildings can use significantly less water than conventional construction by incorporating strategies such as native plants with low water requirements, more efficient water fixtures, and wastewater reuse for nonpotable water needs.

    Three ways to learn more about LEED v4 and water

    Explore courses: The following courses will be available free of charge for on demand viewing for the entire month of January.

    Ask the experts: Ask the Expert live discussion sessions provide direct access to practitioners and subject matter specialists. These live webinars feature Q+A sessions with subject matter experts. Register to join one of our live webinars:

    Discover resources: Check out these resources on Education @USGBC and in the web-based reference guide located within the LEED Credit Library (subscription required).

    Want to learn the latest? Sign up to be notified about LEED v4 education.

    Green Tip of the Week

    10 ways to green your work ethic


    A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Whether you're the boss or the employee, whether your office is green already or still waiting to see the light, some practical steps can lay the groundwork for a healthy, low-impact workspace.

    From how you get to work -- we recommend telecommuting -- to helping your company walk the walk through corporate financial investment in green, to getting a new green job that matches your career with your ideals, to starting your own green business, we break down your green workplace. Read on for all the details.

    1.    More Work, Less Energy

    For many people, a computer is the central tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver. Set computers to energy-saving settings and make sure to shut them down when you leave for the day ("standby" settings will continue to draw power even when not in use). By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch (or a smart power strip), the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once (make sure to power down inkjet printers before killing the power--they need to seal their cartridges). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they're needed. And of course, turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied.

    Read more…

    Source: treehugger.com

    Emily F. Crews, LEED® AP BD+C, CPSM
    Strategic Committee Chair, USGBC Northeast Florida Region Communications
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    904.396.8344
    emily.crews@tlc-eng.com

     

     

     

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

     

    Gold Level

    Silver Level

    Are you looking for more exposure for your firm?

    Why not become an annual sponsor or event sponsor? The chapter has numerous sponsorship opportunities available. Click HERE or contact Kim Jowers kimberly.jowers@tlc-eng.com or Sarah Boren sarahboren@usgbcnf.org for more information. 

    Board of Directors 2016

    CHAIR:

    Kimberly Jowers, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    SECRETARY:

    James Richardson, City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board

    TREASURER:

    Carrie-Lynn Black, Green Team Project

    Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, EMP, GGP, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    Mike Hornsby
    Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

    Dr. Ashley Johnson,
    Jacksonville University

    Joey McKinnon, P.G.
    Environmental Geologist

    Sam Kanadilo, C.E.M.
    Green Building Design

    Deanna McDonald
    Health Planning Council

    Dr. J. David Lambert, UNF

    Sophia Bryant, EI, LEED GA Civil Engineer

    Robert Riva, LEED AP BD+C, Holland & Knight (General Counsel)

    USGBC Florida Staff

    Lee Cooke, Executive Director

    Sarah Boren, LEED AP Homes, LEED AP BD+C, State Director of Policy and Programs

    Brandice Pelfrey, Director of Member Services

    Follow Us!

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  • Friday, January 15, 2016 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    The Weekly eNewsletter for the US Green Building Council Florida Chapter, Northeast Florida Region

    January 19, 2016


    In This issue:  

    Chapter Events

    Community Event

    USGBC National News

    Green Tip of the Week

    Chapter Events

    USGBC NF Innovation Forums

    THURSDAY, January 28, 2016;  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Haskell, 111 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Register Online.

    See our Facebook event!

    Community Events

    Build Resiliently in Northeast Florida

    You will be interested in the following meetings if you care about how to build resiliently in Northeast Florida, how we might define “less vulnerable” areas, and how to incentivize resilient buildings and growth in less vulnerable areas.

    You are invited to be part of these discussions, supported by the business-focused Public/Private Regional Resiliency Committee of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. Register for the meetings at this link.

    • January 25, 2016 at 4:00pm: Part 1: Incentivize Development in Less Vulnerable Areas
    • February 29, 2016 at 4:00pm: Part 2: Incentivize Development in Less Vulnerable Areas

    We need your input, and hope to see you there!

    Battle for the Barriers, Environmental Documentary

    SATURDAY, January 30, 2016; 7:45 PM

    Corazon Cinema and Cafe

    Compounded by sea level rise and stronger and more frequent storms, lives and infrastructure in coastal communities are increasingly at risk for flooding and wind driven destruction from events like super storm Sandy. Battle for the Barriers explores adaptation strategies and projects in coastal states along the Eastern US seaboard designed to help safeguard the people, wildlife and properties in these storm and flood prone areas. In the absence of Federal policy to address climate change, state-based organizations, both public and private, seek to protect beaches.  Special Guest: Manley Fuller, Pres of Fla Wildlife Federation.

    Tickets

    2016 Water Education Festival

    SATURDAY, February 6, 2016; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    The 2016 Water Education Festival, sponsored by the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board in partnership with the St. Johns Riverkeeper, will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016. The festival will be take place at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) from 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is free to the public that day and there will be a number of educational exhibits and presentations along with free guided tours of the St. Johns River. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Play for ACE Casino Night

    FRIDAY, March 4, 2016; 6:30 PM

    Hidden Hills Country Club

    Register Online.

    USGBC National News

    This January, LEED v4 Education Focuses on Water

    Water connects and interacts with everything, especially in buildings. With the right design, green buildings can use significantly less water than conventional construction by incorporating strategies such as native plants with low water requirements, more efficient water fixtures, and wastewater reuse for nonpotable water needs.

    Three ways to learn more about LEED v4 and water

    Explore courses: The following courses will be available free of charge for on demand viewing for the entire month of January.

    Ask the experts: Ask the Expert live discussion sessions provide direct access to practitioners and subject matter specialists. These live webinars feature Q+A sessions with subject matter experts. Register to join one of our live webinars:

    Discover resources: Check out these resources on Education @USGBC and in the web-based reference guide located within the LEED Credit Library (subscription required).

    Want to learn the latest? Sign up to be notified about LEED v4 education.

    Green Tip of the Week

    Less mail


    For several weeks, I went through the mail and stacked anything I would normally recycle in a pile. At the end of each week, I would grab my computer and take 15 minutes to email every company something simple like, “Please remove me from your mailing list. My address is….”

    I logged in to each retirement account and set the mailing schedule to quarterly only. All of the bills and bank statements were set to paperless. I unsubscribed myself from coupon and catalog mailings because most of it is available online anyway.

    I registered at DMAchoice, Catalogchoice.org, and OptOutPrescreen.com to cancel catalogs, credit card and insurance offers. Through YellowPagesOptOut.com, I canceled the 4 yellow pages directories I was receiving.

    I suspect this will reduce our unneeded mail by over 50% and I hope to keep hacking away at it over time.

    Source: theartofsimple.net

    Emily F. Crews, LEED® AP BD+C, CPSM
    Strategic Committee Chair, USGBC Northeast Florida Region Communications
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
    904.396.8344
    emily.crews@tlc-eng.com

     

     

     

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

     

    Gold Level

    Silver Level

    Are you looking for more exposure for your firm?

    Why not become an annual sponsor or event sponsor? The chapter has numerous sponsorship opportunities available. Click HERE or contact Kim Jowers kimberly.jowers@tlc-eng.com or Sarah Boren sarahboren@usgbcnf.org for more information. 

    Board of Directors 2016

    CHAIR:

    Kimberly Jowers, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    SECRETARY:

    James Richardson, City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board

    TREASURER:

    Carrie-Lynn Black, Green Team Project

    Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, EMP, GGP, TLC Engineering for Architecture

    Mike Hornsby
    Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

    Dr. Ashley Johnson,
    Jacksonville University

    Joey McKinnon, P.G.
    Environmental Geologist

    Sam Kanadilo, C.E.M.
    Green Building Design

    Deanna McDonald
    Health Planning Council

    Dr. J. David Lambert, UNF

    Sophia Bryant, EI, LEED GA Civil Engineer

    Robert Riva, LEED AP BD+C, Holland & Knight (General Counsel)

    USGBC Florida Staff

    Lee Cooke, Executive Director

    Sarah Boren, LEED AP Homes, LEED AP BD+C, State Director of Policy and Programs

    Brandice Pelfrey, Director of Member Services

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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Aim to take shorter showers, since cutting your shower time in half can reduce your water costs by 33%. Run the dishwasher only when it is full. When it's time to replace your clothes washer, consider buying a front loader machine. Also, when doing laundry, set the water temperature to cold. Unless your clothing has oily stains on it, cold water will wash them just as well as hot water. Using a cold water detergent will also help get clothes clean.

    Source: life.familyeducation.com

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2016 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    We often think fine clothing must be dry cleaned, and for delicate and shrinkage-prone fabrics, alternatives are scarce.

    Dry cleaning is notorious for its heavy use of chemicals and, over time, can rob wools and silks of the oils and proteins that naturally protect garments. Unless you have very soiled or stained items, put off visits to the dry cleaners by freshening clothing at home with these three easy steps.

    Brush it up!

    The valets and lady’s maids in period movies are always brushing clothing. In fact, it’s still a great way to remove surface soil. Go over the garment with a soft brush or a microfiber cloth before storing it.

    Wrinkle Removal

    Steam clothing with a home garment steamer (available in clothing, department or big box stores, starting around $25). They smooth rumples and wrinkles with ease and heat up the fabric, killing off microbial beasties. (Let garments cool and dry completely before wearing.)

    Clothing Cocktail

    Every costumer knows this trick: Fill a spray bottle with cheap vodka (not rubbing alcohol; it has additives). Spritz your garment, concentrating on areas where perspiration has collected. The alcohol kills the bacteria that cause odor, then dries quickly.

    A Better Clean

    For the sake of the environment and your clothing, choose a cleaner that uses the pressurized CO2 process; they usually advertise themselves as “green” or “organic” cleaners, but be sure to ask about their process because these labels are unregulated. Almost all others use perchloroethylene, a neurotoxin and respiratory, skin and eye irritant that the EPA deems a “probable human carcinogen.” Plus, according to the EPA, it breaks down into other chemicals that contaminate air and groundwater, and deplete the ozone layer.

    Hand Washing

    Hand wash wool and silk sweaters and simple, unlined garments, but don’t clean structured garments (anything with a lining and shoulder pads) with water, as it may distort their shape.

    Source: motherearthliving.com (Thanks Kim Jowers for passing along this great tip!)

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  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    Deadline December 31, 2015!

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  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    Giving Green Without Greenwashing

    I'm making my holiday gift list, and I'm checking it twice. Especially since, this year, it is so much easier to find eco-friendly goodies out there to give.

    At the same time, I'm trying to wade through the hype to assess whether a potential gift is as eco-friendly as it's marketed to be.

    For example, there are now plenty of organic bath and beauty products that would be perfect for a friend. But often their ingredients sound less than all-natural to me.

    I found some gorgeous gift wrap that comes from "sustainable forestry practices." Should I keep shopping for gift wrap made from recycled paper? Should I use brown paper bags?

    I'm not the only one who's confused by the eco-chatter. A friend mentioned that when he was wandering near some plasma TVs at an electronics store, a salesman told him that it'd be green to get a pre-owned, refurbished plasma screen.

    The truth is, my guard has been up since I read an article in The New York Times alerting consumers that green marketing is one of the season's biggest retail trends, and that the claims often fall short.

    A report by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing offers guidelines for shoppers, asking us to be mindful of the Six Sins of Greenwashing. Here are the six marketing ploys to keep in mind:

    1.        The Sin of the Hidden Trade-off (A refurbished plasma TV might reduce the need for materials at first, but plasma screens are energy hogs).

    2.        The Sin of the No Proof (Can a third party verify claims such as "organic" or "all-natural?)

    3.        The Sin of Vagueness (Beware of products claiming to be "chemical-free" or "all-natural").

    4.        The Sin of Irrelavance (Claims that have no relationship to the product or can be made with any other product in the same category—such as CFC-free shaving gel).

    5.        The Sin of Fibbing (a falsehood that can't be backed up at all, such as "certified organic" for products where no such certification exists).

    6.        The Sin of the Lesser of Two Evils (an attempt put a green twist on a product that's inherently harmful to the environment—e.g., organic cigarettes).

    Source:  life.gaiam.com

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