August  2017

In This Issue:

Sweet 16! (Thousand)
FGBC Annual Meeting is Sept. 28-29
Manatee Honored as First Platinum-Certified 'Florida Green' County Government
'Florida Green' Projects at Alys Beach Take Home Honors at Annual AURORA Awards
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: First Green Bank: A Local Bank with a Global Mission™
SEBC Draws Large Numbers, Great Reviews
Members Invited to ARCSA Conference
FGBC Sponsoring Tallahassee Science Festival
Appraisal Institute Book Helps Value Green Commercial Real Estate
FGBC Welcomes New Members
Education Opportunities
Funding Opportunities
Job Opportunities


Sweet 16! (Thousand)

The Florida Green Building Coalition just surpassed 16,000 "Florida Green" building projects in the state, solidifying it as Florida's leading certifier of green residential and commercial projects, communities and local governments. 

FGBC has been Promoting a State of Sustainability since 2000. Thanks to dedicated members, partners and supporters that Build and Live "Florida Green" every day.


FGBC Annual Meeting is Sept. 28-29

Make plans now to attend the Florida Green Building Coalition's Annual Meeting, Sept. 28-29 at the Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown.

Activities and events include a project visit, board meeting, committee meetings, awards and presentations will be highlighted by the grand opening of our new offices in Downtown Orlando.


Manatee Honored as First Platinum-Certified 'Florida Green' County Government 

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green projects in the state, honored Manatee County as Florida's first platinum-certified county government in a ceremony at the Manatee Board of County Commissioners meeting.

A host of initiatives led to certification, including the County's energy efficient downtown chiller plant, the countywide transition to single-stream recycling and community events, such as Manatee Libraries' Teen Recycled Fashion Show.

Charlotte County and St. Lucie County have also been recognized as "Florida Green" county governments. Congratulations!

'Florida Green' Projects at Alys Beach Take Home Honors at Annual AURORA Awards

Alys Beach Construction was honored with six prestigious AURORA Awards, including four for Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) "Florida Green" certified homes, during the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) in Orlando.

"FGBC members work every day to make homes more sustainable, healthier and happier living environments, setting an example for what is possible in green building throughout the state," said FGBC President Jeremy Nelson. "I commend the commitment and leadership in sustainable building from these recipients."


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: First Green Bank: A Local Bank with a Global Mission™

The Florida Green Building Coalition, the state's leading certifier of green projects, welcomes new member First Green Bank.

First Green Bank, A local bank with a global mission™ is the first bank of its kind to promote positive environmental and social responsibility while operating as a traditional community bank. 

The bank's staff invites you to visit and explore how they can assist you with your banking needs.

First Green Bank has led an impactful and successful charge to prove there is a better way to do business -- one that is financially, environmentally and socially responsible.


SEBC Draws Large Numbers, Great Reviews

The exhibit hall at this year's Southeast Building Conference featured a special "Florida Green" section of booths headlined by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) and Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC).

Celebrating 40 years in 2018, The Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), is the largest building industry trade show in the Southeast. 

SEBC is a two-day Expo and Education Show featuring various networking opportunities, professional development, and continuing education conference for anyone and everyone working in the building industry.

FGBC and FSEC teamed up for a reception and networking event at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. FGBC also provided education for CEU hours during the show. Thanks to everyone who attended SEBC and the reception. 

Members Invited to ARCSA Conference

While the spotlight shines brightly on the issue of alternative energy and general sustainability, the non-profit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) is providing the much-needed expertise and standards to integrate rainwater harvesting back into a prominent role.

ARCSA is the first organization to create training and certification for professionals in the rainwater harvesting industry. This year's annual conference is in Orlando.

Conference Info and FGBC Member Discount
Use Code: FGBC

FGBC Sponsoring Tallahassee Science Festival

Join us for the 6th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival at Kleman Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Florida Green Building Coalition has signed on as a sponsor and will promote "Florida Green" during the festival.

This annual event brings together science from across the Tallahassee community. Science is a rich part of the Tallahassee community. 

Home to a national lab, dozens of science research centers, and a number of new, private technology-based businesses, STEM flows through every part the economy.

There is fun for children of all ages with more than 100 exhibits representing science, technology, engineering and math. Last year, more than 6,000 people came to enjoy a fun day of hands-on experiences. 


Appraisal Institute Book Helps Value Green Commercial Real Estate

The Commercial real estate valuation professionals must master a new set of terminology and concepts to identify and understand green property characteristics and to recognize their effects on market demand and value, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute. 

The Valuation of Green Commercial Real Estate explains how valuation professionals can incorporate the effect of green building into current appraisal methodology. 


New Members:

FGBC Welcomes New Members & Certifying Agents

Pierre Dagenais
Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc.

Richard Zucchini
Instament Spray Concrete Inc.

Keith Costello
First Green Bank
Fort Lauderdale

Robert Hawkinson

Funding Opportunities:

FHFC Multifamily Energy Retrofit Program
National & State Green Building Funding Opportunities
St. Johns River WMD
South Florida WMD Water Programs
Southwest Florida WMD Water Programs

Education Opportunities:

October 23-24, 2017
FGBC Certifying Agent
Designation Course
Cocoa, FL

November 9, 2017
FGBC Certifying Agent
Annual Verification Class
Tampa, FL

Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) Course Listings
Building America Webinars
Energy Star Webinars
Multi-Family & High-Rise Webinars
Build Your Future Scholarships

Job Opportunities:

APA Florida Job Board
Florida Facility Managers Assn Job Board
Green Dream Jobs
Institute for Market Transition (IMT)