By: Kim Jowers, LEED AP BD+C, CPSM, Associate / Marketing Specialist
TLC Engineering for Architecture AND Volunteer and Chair, USGBC Northeast Florida
USGBC Northeast Florida captured local media’s attention with the hot topic of sea level rise and resiliency at USGBC Northeast Region's 20.40 Talks event held on June 29. Speakers included Mayor Nancy Shaver (City of St. Augustine); Margo Moehring, AICP, Managing Director of Policy and Planning, Northeast Florida Regional Council; and Kathryn Frank, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, College of Design, Construction & Planning. The topic was timely and extremely relevant, as each speaker discussed how Northeast Florida may directly be affected by sea level rise. Local news media and public officials from various agencies were in attendance, and the event drew more than 70 registrants.
The program was held in the Jesse Ball DuPont Center, a building that is tracking LEED Gold Certification and which achieved an EnergyStar score of 99! Another interesting tidbit about the event was the zero-to-low waste goal. Real dinnerware including glassware and silverware were used instead of disposable. The local caterer, Super Food & Brew, also composted all our food waste post event with Apple Rabbit. And a student volunteer was onsite and assisted attendees with separating recycling and compost.
Special thanks to USGBC NE FL 20.40 Talks Chair, David Garcia, for organizing this eye-opening program, and kudos and thanks also are extended to 20.40 Talks team members/event volunteers Kim Jowers, Carol Miller, Andrea Conover, Geoff Selhorst and Kensey Selhorst, as well as to Sarah Boren, USGBC Florida's Director of Policy and Programs.
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