USGBC Northeast Florida Events/ News


Webcast: Creating Demand for Zero Energy

August 3, 2017; 12:00 PM (EST)

August 4, 2017; 11:30 AM (EST) – 1:00 PM (EST)

Are you a Sustainability Professional, such as an Energy Manager or Sustainability Director?  Then you should join SORT!

Vision: SORT seeks to be North Florida’s forum for Sustainability Professionals: collaborate, share best practices, impart lessons learned, and stay up to date on the latest information and resources in the profession.

This Quarter’s Topic:  Gemba Walk at Southeast Toyota.  “Gemba Kaizen is a Japanese concept of continuous improvement designed for enhancing processes and reducing waste.  Within a lean context, Gemba simply refers to the location where value is created, while Kaizen relates to improvements.”  (Source: Process Excellence Network)

Interested in learning more?:  SORT is exclusively for Sustainability Professionals. If this applies to you and you are interested in joining, please contact Ben Moore: [email protected] or Carrie-Lynn Black: [email protected].

UNF Skinner Hall Building Tour

Save the Date! 

September 12, 2017; 4:30 PM (EST) – 6:00 PM (EST)

Location:  UNF Skinner-Jones Hall (1 UNF Dr., 32224)
Save the date for a tour of UNF’s renovated Skinner-Jones Hall!  Please wear closed-toe shoes.

USGBC Member:  FREE!
Non-Member:  $15
Community/Partner News & Events

Career Opportunities!


We have two new listings for an Administrative Coordinator in Broward County and a part time position with Eco-Build Strategies in Central Florida.


Visit here to learn  more about listed career opportunities.  Listings are maintained for three months, or if we’ve been informed that the position was filled – whichever comes first.

Southeast Building Conference

Thursday and Friday, July 27-28, 2017

Location: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center (6000 West Osceola Parkway, 34746)

Celebrating 39 years in 2017, the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), is the largest building industry trade show in the southeast. As the premier trade event, the SEBC includes outstanding educational programs featuring hard-hitting, timely seminars; outstanding networking opportunities; round-table discussions and industry briefings; and professional development with a heavy dose of CE opportunities.

Providing the latest in residential and commercial construction products and services, SEBC 2017 is THE expo and education show for everyone working in the building industry.  Be sure to come by and visit the USGBC Florida booth!

Click here to learn more about registration, exhibiting, education and more.

Florida First Coast Chapter of International Concrete Repair Institute Presents Wall Coatings

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017; 12:00 PM Luncheon (Lunch will be provided)

Location: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Download Flyer (pdf)


RSVP by Friday, July 21st to [email protected] or call (772) 579-3143

Volunteer Opportunities

Green Carpet Film Series

We have an exciting opportunity for volunteers who enjoy a good film!

We are seeking volunteers to assist with the selection and promotion of films, organizing screenings and panels, taking tickets and promoting attendance for the Green Carpet Film series, a series  of documentaries about energy, green building, and environmental issues.

If you would like to help, please contact Kate Rowe at [email protected].


DID YOU KNOW?  LiveSMART is one of USGBC Northeast Florida’s four major initiatives for 2017. And, WE NEED YOU!

Repairs are needed from wear and tear, practical and safe use upgrades are needed, and some of the display have not yet been completed.  We also know that some engaging interactive roll-out exhibits would help draw even more visitors to LiveSMART.

If you haven’t been to LiveSMART yet, check out our short video on  There’s several categories, like Kitchen, Wall & Roofs, HVAC, Windows, and Lighting that dedicate a portion of the trailer to educating the public about sustainable choices we can all make in our own dwellings.  Better yet, come see us at one of our many events!

What about moving us forward by serving on a committee this summer and help us design or repair the interiors as part of our Build-Out Committee, or be a part of our critical research and development teams on the K-12 Committee and Residential Committee, helping provide supplemental video, pdfs, online links and other resources to provide incredible follow up after the LiveSMART visit, increasing the chances of an informed consumer taking sustainable action?  Get to know some other awesome peeps in our region while modeling our literal vehicle for change!  We all make LiveSMART as effective as what we donate of ourselves to it.  Contact me, Mary Ann Myler, [email protected] or 904-553-7526 to help get you where you feel you can best provide your talents.  THANK YOU!

For sponsorship opportunities, please look through and/or forward this sponsorship package.  LiveSMART is in demand at high visibility events, and could use your help!

Green Tip of the Week
Money-Saving Tips for a Green Kitchen


Bigger is not always better

Buying a family-sized pack of pudding cups may seem like a better deal, but if you don’t eat them the deal is a dud, wasting food and your money. Save value-packaged options for non-perishable items, or for foods you already consume on a daily basis; rice, pasta, or granola bars for school lunches. If you do find yourself with extra food near their expiration dates, consider freezing them (turn pudding cups into homemade freezer fudge pops!) Here’s an extra green tip: fuller freezers run more efficiently than empty ones.

Unplug Your Coffee Maker

Many home appliances continue to bump up your electric bill even when they’re turned off. And while it may not seem like smaller items such as coffee makers and microwaves burn much energy when not in use (also know as “phantom power”), every watt adds up. A quick fix: consolidate smaller appliances to a power strip. This way, when you leave the house, turning off appliances and saving energy is as easy as a flick of a switch.

For more tips, click here!