USGBC NF Weekly Announcements

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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.


  • 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


$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

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,

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) 
FBPE exp4028/FBC#697.0 – 4 CEU’s (Adv. Code) / PDH’s 

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.



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


Mike Hornsby
Museum of Science & History (MOSH)


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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