USGBC NF Weekly Announcements

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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.


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,, and to cancel catalogs, credit card and insurance offers. Through, 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.


Emily F. Crews, LEED® AP BD+C, CPSM
Strategic Committee Chair, USGBC Northeast Florida Region Communications
TLC Engineering for Architecture




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Board of Directors 2016


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


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

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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