World’s First Solar Town Developer Syd Kitson
Keynotes GreenTrends Conference Oct. 20-21

Kitson & Partners CEO Syd Kitson will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming sustainability and green building GreenTrends Conference “Put Your Money on Green” scheduled for October 20-21, 2016 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida, encompassing more than 91,000 acres – an area five times the size of the island of Manhattan. Over 80% of the original land purchase, some 73,000 acres within Charlotte and Lee counties, has been preserved by the State of Florida and Lee County, in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history.

Kitson will truly inspire attendees with his passion, vision and innovations taking place right now at Babcock Ranch - the world's first solar town.

In addition to Kitson, a variety of industry trendsetters will lead education sessions to help you think different and smarter:
• Nationally recognized appraiser, instructor, and author Sandra Adomatis, principal at Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, will offer inside information on getting the most out of green project appraisals. She spearheaded the development of the AI Residential and Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendums and authored the often quoted study, “What is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.

Discovery Channel’s “Project Earth” technical advisor and star Dr. Jennifer Languell will conduct an intensive workshop on “Complying with Local Government Green Building Requirements”. Local governments are increasingly mandating that new construction is certified by a national or state recognized green building program. Whether it is concern over climate change and community resiliency, or just encouraging informed decisions to reduce energy and water demand, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease other harmful environmental impacts, many South Florida local governments are taking this route. This workshop will help you understand the requirements, analyze costs and benefits of each certification program, and how to choose the most appropriate program for your projects.

Sorrell Negro, a land use and environmental law attorney with Robinson + Cole LLP in Miami and Dr. Deborah Brosnan, an environmental scientist with 30 years’ experience focusing on solutions to challenges where humans interact with natural resources, climate change, hazards and disasters will talk about the future of land development.  Ms. Negro will discuss the nature and impacts of Sustainability ordinances, specifically what they are, what to expect with regard to regulations, and which are being enacted with greater frequency in Florida and around the country.  She will also discuss green tax incentives and incentives related to urban agriculture as a component of development. Dr. Brosnan will discuss how to estimate and quantify the benefits that green or gray infrastructure can provide. She will also address when and how to target investment in restoration, conservation, and resiliency efforts that are both effective and financially responsible.

Angela DeMonbreun, Director of the Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FLSUN) program for the national Community Power Network will guide you through understanding the business model, opportunities, and efficiencies of incorporating community solar into developments.

Ryan McCracken, Director of Energy Inspection Services for SkyeTec, a statewide energy management and consulting firm, will give the down and dirty inside knowledge on how to get projects to pass the new Florida Energy Code requirements effective in 2017. Builders don’t want to miss this session!

Jim Barnes, Wellington, Fla.’s Assistant Village Manager, moderates a panel of local government sustainability directors on transforming communities for resiliency. Jim’s energetic presentations and take-away values are always a favorite with his audiences.

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