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For Immediate Release

Date: August 29, 2016
For Immediate Release

Contact: Suzanne B. Cook, CAE
PH: 850-894-3422

Florida Green Building Coalition Elects New Board Members

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is pleased to announce the official results of its 2016 Board of Directors elections. The Board is comprised of 25 Directors, three representatives from each of eight affiliations, plus one representative from the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). One seat in each category is elected annually by the FGBC general membership to serve a three-year term. Earning Board positions were:

Jeremy Nelson, Owner, GreenGov, LLC, Orlando
At-Large Category
Mr. Nelson is the owner of GreenGov, LLC. and a consultant for local government sustainability programs. Jeremy has worked with and guided over 50 cities and counties. Prior to launching GreenGov, LLC, Mr. Nelson worked for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) for over eight years, conducting energy efficiency research and promoting sustainability education. Mr. Nelson holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida.

Nate Ritter, Director of Sustainability, GreenBuilt Solutions, Orlando
Design & Analysis Category
Nate Ritter is a principal and founder of GreenBuilt Solutions. With the goal of reducing the environmental impacts of our buildings, he started GreenBuilt Solutions in 2012 to help builders, developers, and owners incorporate green building practices into their projects. He is the current FGBC President, an FGBC Certifying Agent, LEED AP BD+C & Homes, and holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Construction Management from Drexel University.

Gregory M. Hardwick, President, Hardwick General Contracting, Maitland
Development & Construction Category
Greg Hardwick is president and owner of Hardwick G.C. in Maitland and has over 22 years of experience in the construction business. He is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) through the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is designated as a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), part of the first Certified Green Professional (CGP) graduating class, and one of the first 10 to achieve the Master CGP. He served as president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metro Orlando in 2013 and was instrumental in establishing the local HBA Green Building Committee, serving as the group's founding Chairman. He is a National Director for the NAHB and a State Director for the Florida Home Builder Association (FHBA) and serves on the 20 Member National Custom Home Builder's Council. Hardwick also volunteers on the Orange County Board of Construction Codes and Appeals (Past Chair) and has served on the Orange County Sustainability Council. 

James (Jim) E. Barnes, Assistant Village Manager, Village of Wellington
Governmental Category
Jim Barnes is Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Wellington, Florida. Barnes joined the Village in 2003 and previously served in several posts including, Director of Operations, Deputy Director of Operations, Parks & Recreation Director, Deputy Director of Environmental & Engineering Services, and Assistant Director of Community Services. Barnes is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners with an advanced specialty certification in Environmental Planning, and is a Certified Parks Recreation Professional by the National Recreation & Park Association. Additionally, he is a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association. Barnes leads many of Wellington's sustainability efforts.

Cindy Hall, President, EcoSolutions Marketing, Jensen Beach
Products Category
Cindy Hall currently serves as Chair of the FGBC Programs and Promotions Committee and is a Past President and Board Member of FGBC. She is an independent consultant and account manager for small businesses as well as in independent sales representative for several hardscape material manufacturers. Cindy has been involved in green building and the FGBC since 2007. In that same year, she founded and chaired the Treasure Coast Builders Association's (TCBA) Green Building Council. She currently serves on the executive boards of the TCBA and is a Past 2nd Vice President and current Life Director of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). In 2010 Cindy received the FHBA "Woman of Distinction" award for her contributions to the industry.

Mike Bonts, President, Mike Bonts Public Relations (MBPR Group), Jacksonville
Public Advocate Category
Mike Bonts specializes in public relations, brand development and marketing communications to include media relations, special events and social media. He spent over 10 years as communications director for the Northeast Florida Builders Association, seven as PR director for Renaissance Creative, a major real estate brand development firm, and time as a newspaper editor, reporter, publicist and broadcaster.

Board members will take their oaths and be inducted on October 21, 2016 during the Florida Green Building Coalition annual GreenTrends Conference at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Green building professionals from across the state come to learn about the latest best practices and stakeholders help develop the next level of green building standards. For more information visit

About the Florida Green Building Coalition
For 16 years, the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) and its members have made a significant impact on Florida's growth in sustainable building projects. This year, it reached a new milestone of over 13,000 certified "Florida Green" homes. Adding to that the 25 million square feet of commercial and high-rise residential, 62 land developments, and 86 local governments participating in FGBC certification programs, sets FGBC as the leading certifier of green projects in Florida.The membership-based non-profit organization administers green certification programs and provides education to promote sustainable building, development and business practices. More information is available at