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A HUGE Thanks to our Valued Sponsors Circle Partners ...

... all of whom are best-in-class businesses that have stepped up and offered extraordinary charitable support, enabling the Chapter to make the educational strides we consistently produce in Florida. 

Please review their descriptions below and visit their websites to learn more about why they have achieved industry-leader status.

Founders Level Donors ($10,000)


Platinum Level Donors ($7,500)


Gold Level Donors ($5,500)

Silver Level Donors ($3,500)


Green Level Donors ($2,500)


Patrons -- 2017 Unrestricted Contributions

Individuals Companies

Bahar Armaghani
Chris Castro
Kelly Wieczorek
Mark Gelfo
Michael Carlson
Mike Hess
Paul Shahriari
Robyn Flowers
Sandra Lee
Theresa Spurling-Wood
Tim Center
Tony Alfonso

Mark Stempler
Chi Chi Truong
Cynthia Spray
Elena Painter
Gary Pirtle
John Nix
Larry Clark
Luann Hecht Hennessy
Robin Blakeman
Sandra Lee
Stephen Chang
Tammy Dalton


L. Somerby 

Becker & Poliakoff
GHP Environmental + Architecture
GliddenSpina + Partners
GSD Contracting
Hedrick Brothers Constrctn.
Kimley-Horn & Associates

Link Construction Group
Logical Green Institute
McGraw Hill / ENR
MiaGreen Expo & Conference
Miami-Dade County
Southern Waste Systems

Founders Level Donors ($10,000)

Abney + Abney Green Solutions is not your average green building consulting firm. After more than a decade of hands-on involvement in the field of sustainable design and construction in Florida, the Abney+Abney team has fashioned an enviable track record of successful projects, whether commercial or residential. Show more ...

The firm's principal, Kyle Abney, is one of the most highly respected "built-environment" experts in the southeast, having been chosen by myriad owners, developers, architects and contractors to provide guidance in all aspects of the green-building process. A long list of satisfied customers and referrals are evidence that the firm delivers peace of mind and reliability.

Headquartered in the Treasure Coast, the firm has completed rewarding green-building projects throughout the southeast. Abney's passion for sustainability and green building is further underscored in his "spare time" endeavors. A much-in-demand speaker on the subject of sustainability, he has long served in volunteer leadership capacities in the US Green Building Council and the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Whether providing LEED Certification Management, Commissioning, Energy Modeling or Green Home Certification services, Abney+Abney delivers. www.abneygreen.com / 863-634-1035

Exp is a 3,000-person consulting and engineering firm with offices throughout North America. Exp’s Earth team provides sustainability and LEED consulting, energy modeling and commissioning services throughout the World. The respected firm is a LEED Proven Provider and has helped with more than 200 LEED certified projects. Exp’s design departments provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering, along with specialty services such as technology / low voltage systems design and high end themed / specialty lighting design. 
www.exp.com / 407-660-0088

Pirtle Construction Company, headquartered in Davie and with offices in Miami, Orlando and West Palm Beach, is committed to sustainable construction and its impact on the environment. Evidence includes its stunning corporate headquarters, the first LEED Silver Certified building in the Town of Davie and the third in Broward County. Pirtle Construction is one of 35 firms in the United States to receive the ABC Green Contractor Certification, which evaluates a company's overall everyday sustainable practices in the workplace. Show more...

Pirtle Construction constructed the first LEED Gold public elementary school in Florida -- Pine Jog Elementary in Palm Beach County, which was a joint venture with the FAU Environmental Education Center on the same site, both achieving LEED Certified Gold. The company has built/is building 22 LEED projects, including two additional buildings for Pine Crest School in Boca Raton (LEED Gold Certified and Silver Certified) and the LEED Silver Certified South Regional/Broward College Joint Use Library. Pirtle currently employs 14 LEED APs and provides learning opportunities for its employees and industry partners on the benefits of green building and sustainable practices. www.PirtleConstruction.com / 954-797-0410

The Spinnaker Group is, at its core, a group of talented Architects and Engineers who are dedicated to the sustainability of the built environment, a goal that can be achieved only by meeting the building community's need for better information and tools. A highly respected consulting firm (with more than 400 LEED projects to its credit) and a leader in the green movement, The Spinnaker Group team has extensive knowledge and experience in the application of the USGBC LEED rating systems. Show more ...

The Spinnaker Group helps companies achieve green-building goals, and also provides sustainable-design and LEED-related training specifically tailored to meet the needs of organizations. Our long list of diverse and satisfied clients -- as well as an unparalleled referral network -- speaks volumes about our efforts to help build better, smarter, easier-to-operate and more cost-effective buildings.

Fully supportive of the USGBC's core purpose to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life, The Spinnaker Group also walks the green walk. From driving hybrid vehicles to being a completely carbon neutral company, sustainability is not a passing fad at TSG. It in our corporate DNA. It is how we live our lives. It is who we are. www.TheSpinnakerGroupInc.com / 954-347-0967

TLC Engineering for Architecture, Inc. provides clients with exceptional high-performance engineering design, consulting and energy services. Founded in 1955 and consistently ranked as one of the largest MEP and structural engineering firms in the country, TLC is an industry leader delivering high-performance building design and consulting services on a wide array of building types, including health care, commercial, educational, institutional, hospitality, retail, entertainment and more. Show more ...

TLC's extensive experience and expertise in these building types is applied to engineer high-performance, complex projects that are completed on schedule and within budget. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, TLC has offices across Florida in Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, Cocoa, Deerfield Beach, Ft. Myers and Sarasota, along with offices in Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. Click here for a snapshot of our firm.
www.tlc-engineers.com / 800-841-9050

Turner Construction Company has been involved in the sustainable design and construction community from its onset by promoting and implementing environmentally sensitive design, construction, operations and maintenance practices in our approach to building. Turner is a founding member of the US Green Building Council, with representatives on the USGBC National Board, regional councils and Chapter boards throughout the country, including the South Florida Chapter. Show more ...

In the past 12 years, Turner has been involved in 350 LEED certified and registered projects, totaling more than $27 billion in construction volume. We are proud to contribute to raising the awareness of sustainable construction practices and how they can benefit our clients and our communities. Some notable statistics include the following:

  • Consistently ranked Number 1 Green Builder by ENR (2007, 2008).
  • Most LEED APs of any firm (1,100+) -- 30 LEED APs in Florida.
  • First LEED CI in Miami (Knoll Furniture Showroom).
  • Turner South Florida Office to achieve LEED CI Platinum status.
  • More than 15 LEED Certified Projects in Florida and countless others following sustainable practices regardless of certification requirements.
  • In South Florida, 100% of our LEED projects achieved a higher level of certification than originally planned ... at no extra cost to our clients.

Green Building is a part of our corporate culture at Turner. Green and LEED are not only a certification process for our buildings, but the way in which we conduct our business every day. Visit our website here. / 786-621-9051.


Two Trails, Inc. is a worldwide Sustainable Building Consulting firm established in 2001, with offices in Florida (Headquarters), Nevada, Georgia and Illinois. We are licensed, insured and bonded. We are comprised of skilled building professionals including architects, engineers, general contractors, LEED professionals and energy raters. We know that the science of building sustainability must work within construction deadlines! Why? Because we come from the construction industry; we were builders. With more than 500 LEED projects to our credit, Two Trails has earned our place as a respected leader in providing timely, affordable and obtainable USGBC LEED Certifications, LEED Project Administration, and Commissioning. Our services cover newly constructed, major renovations, and existing buildings. The types of projects we have done include: New Construction, Core & Shell, Auto Dealerships, Government Contracts, Schools, Retail, High-Rise, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses and Distribution Centers, Healthcare, Casinos, Resorts and many more. Show more ...

Two Trails was founded by Drew Smith, a third-generation builder, and a highly respected national expert on sustainability. Drew is the first Governor appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida, serving for eight consecutive years and counting. Drew brings a wealth of hands-on experience, Building Code knowledge, consistent training methods, and knowledge of how to incorporate sustainable techniques and technologies to the build process.

Each member of the Two Trails team is dedicated to sustainability, not only in building, but as a life-style. We consider it a great honor to see our clients achieve awards for their commitment to sustainability and design. We have garnered five Golden Aurora Awards, and 31 Grand Aurora Awards amongst many other national awards. However, our greatest achievement is making the certification process easy and hassle-free. Two Trails wants our clients to feel accomplished and proud of their efforts. We want them to be able to talk about why they chose a feature and how it benefits the project. We also provide training to sales teams and maintenance staff, so that each project can maintain its high-performance status for years to come. We also provide marketing direction so that key elements of the project are highlighted, setting the project apart from its competition.

Two Trails is unique in the field of sustainability consulting because our fee structure is based on size as opposed to percent of budget. Your budget or your certification level do not affect our fees. We have no hidden fees. We are always trying to achieve the highest certification possible for a project; remember we understand construction. We look for cost effective, high return on investment items that are part of the build process anyway. If the client wants to strive for incorporating new advanced technologies, we are well versed in what will work and what may need a few more years in development to become a viable option.

We lead. We take responsibility for making sure each member of the construction process understands their role in building a sustainable project. If they need help, we help. If they want to learn more, we educate. Understanding of individual sustainable features makes applying them to the next project easier. With each certified project, there is a new team of Professionals that have a new understanding as to why obtaining a LEED certification is important to the life-cycle of that project.

Two Trails set out to change the paradigm of conventional building science and we have become a knowledge resource on how to implement healthy, energy efficient, environmentally sustainable projects worldwide.

Our passion is sustainability. Our goal is to make it easy to achieve a LEED certification. We look forward to starting a conversation with you about your project.

Two Trails provides commercial, residential and development sustainable certification services (USGBC LEED certification, Commissioning, ICC 700 National Green Building Standard [NGBS], along with energy modeling, energy audits, and envelope - air distribution leakage testing (blower door testing). www.TwoTrails.com / contact@twotrails.com / 941-776-8680.

To bring Water Street Tampa to fruition, some of the best minds in architecture, placemaking, and design have come together to create an eclectic mixed-use waterfront district that builds upon Tampa’s existing charm, breathing fresh energy into Florida’s working city. Connect with us to stay updated on Tampa’s work in progress.  More copy to come regarding this new donor.

Platinum Level Donors ($7,500)

If your company is interested in supporting our nonprofit organization and having your company's logo and bio spotlighted here, contact Lee Cooke (561-373-7367).

Gold Level Donors ($5,500)

Steven Feller PE, LLC was organized in 1979, as a highly experienced, and thoroughly trained firm to provide quality HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Sprinkler professional engineering services for any type and size project. Our expertise has been applied to new construction projects as well as retrofit and reuse of existing and historic buildings. Our experience includes: Show more ...

  • Total Engineering Design for municipal and federal projects
  • High- and low-rise commercial facilities
  • Retail and residential developments
  • Industrial- and institutional-type projects

Servicing clients with a high degree of professionalism, imagination and skill is a Steven Feller PE, LLC, Inc. trademark.

Our designs:

  • Encompass the latest technological innovations where applicable
  • Are creative in approach (especially with renovation projects)
  • Will be in complete accord with the architect’s design concept and the owner’s operational and financial objectives
  • Are able to achieve maximum LEED credits

We take pride in the fact that design schedules for our projects are consistently met. All documents incorporate sufficient detail to expedite Building Department approval and Contractor’s bidding. Cost effectiveness is foremost in our engineers’ minds during all phases of design and contract administration.

For nearly 34 years, Steven Feller PE, LLC, Inc. has been rewarding clients, generating countless referrals, and giving back to the greater South Florida Community. We are proud to support the USGBC South Florida Chapter. To learn more about why we are the right choice for your engineering needs, visit www.fellerpe.com or call 954-467-1402.

Silver Level Donors ($3,500)

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car. 

The company had annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners.  Show more...

The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and Highmark.

The company's Global Headquarters in Boca Raton has recently been re-certified as LEED EB Gold.

Green Building falls under "be green" within Office Depot's global environmental strategy to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green. To buy green, Office Depot sources thousands of products that meet or exceed LEED Sustainable Purchasing criteria. To sell green, the company has created many unique tools to help the green building community, including:

  • The Green Book: an industry first, first published in 2003 and an all-virtual version debuted in 2016.
  • GreenerOffice website: A site with 14,000+ items from light green options such as FSC certified paper to the darkest green products -- e.g., 100% post-consumer recycled, carbon-balanced paper.
  • Greener Purchasing Program Guide: designed for customers who are interested in purchasing greener but are not sure where to start.
  • Teaming with USGBC Florida, Office Depot provides to the nonprofit organization a special purchasing program that offers its members and friends deep discounts that allow them to buy green and save green.
  • LEED Credit Report: For buildings that buy all supplies from Office Depot, this report can be submitted to the USGBC instead of the time-consuming online pdf.

To learn more, please visit business.officedepot.com/gpp or business.officedepot.com/greenbook

Green Level Donors ($2,500)

Calvin, Giordano & Associates (CGA) offers clients a comprehensive approach to civil and electrical engineering, traffic engineering, transportation planning, landscape architecture, land planning, building code, code compliance, facilities management, environmental services and data technologies/GIS.

Originally founded as a two-person surveying firm called M.E. Berry & Associates in Hollywood, Florida, CGA has grown dramatically, adding new services, new offices, and an incredibly talented group of professionals who have expanded their capabilities into an entirely new and dynamic business segment.  Show more...

Our diversity allows us to manage the entire process and tackle time-sensitive individual projects efficiently and effectively. Custom building exceptional solutions is the core of our business. Visit our website's project-experience page to explore the many ways we have helped our clients achieve success. For more information go to CGA’s website at www.cgasolutions.com or call 954-921-7781.

Carlson Studio Architecture is a Sarasota-based, full-service architecture firm and Green Building/LEED Consultant, committed to design excellence, comprehensive project delivery and personal attention to each project. CSA is an awardwinning firm, founded in 1997. Sustainability is a key principal we apply to all of our projects. The integrated-design approach that we utilize in all of our work allows us to provide high quality, high performance buildings for our clients. Show more ...

CSA’s Eco-Consulting and Architecture divisions specialize in sustainable design, sustainability consulting and LEED certified projects. We assist architects, contractors, owners and other design professionals in the process of designing sustainable buildings. We have extensive experience working with the LEED family of certification products including New Construction (NC), Commercial Interiors (CI), Core & Shell (CS), Schools, Homes and Existing Buildings (EB&OM). We have been involved in LEED certified buildings since 2000, and we currently have 14 LEED certified projects in five different LEED rating systems. This includes two platinum, six gold, three silver, and three certified projects.

CSA is a founding member of the USGBC Chapters in Florida, dating back to 2003. As an early adaptor, we have grown up with the LEED system over the years. Sustainable design and consulting is what we do. It is part of our DNA. www.carlsonstudio.org / 941-362-4312, ext. 101

Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the State of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida amongst reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest amongst all utilities nationwide.  Show more ...

The company received the top ranking in the southern USA and second-highest ranking nationwide amongst large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2015 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International.

A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, FL-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information, visit these websites:  www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com

Established in 1937, MAPEI Group is a privately owned global corporation headquartered in Milan, Italy, with 71 subsidiaries including 68 plants in 31 countries. The company specializes in manufacturing chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls. In addition, MAPEI is today the world leader in the manufacturing of mortars, grouts, adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. Show more ...

The Americas are home to 25 MAPEI Group manufacturing and distribution facilities, plus the headquarters locations for MAPEI Corporation and Polyglass USA in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are certified to the ISO 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems, and, in the United States and Canada, all of MAPEI’s facilities (manufacturing plants and headquarters) have already achieved – or are in the process of achieving – ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for our nearest location.

Moss & Associates is a privately held construction firm headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. From nine regional offices, Moss focuses on construction management at-risk, design-build and public-private partnerships throughout the United States. The award-winning firm is an innovative leader in utility-scale solar projects and justice facilities in the Western Hemisphere. Show more ...

Collaborating for nearly two decades, the principals at Moss have developed a track record and reputation for delivering technically and logistically challenging projects for many well-known public and private organizations. Our strong relationships with our clients and adaptable building practices have allowed the company to deliver every project on time and at budget since its inception.

The company's diverse portfolio ranges from major landmark mixed-use developments and luxury high-rise residential facilities to a myriad of hotels, commercial office buildings, educational and higher learning facilities, biotechnology and healthcare complexes, retail establishments, correctional facilities, manufacturing and distribution facilities, food processing and cold storage plants, and solar energy facility projects.

Moss prides itself on a strong entrepreneurial culture that honors safety, quality, client engagement and employee development. Its employees consistently rank Moss as one of the best places to work for career satisfaction. www.mosscm.com / 855-360-MOSS (6677)

The Perkins+Will Miami office is consistently ranked amongst the top design firms in the city and has become a recognized leader in sustainable-design innovation throughout the region. Strategically located in the heart of Coral Gables, the practice focuses on architecture, interiors and planning in the areas of aviation + transit, corporate + commercial + civic, healthcare, higher education, and science + technology. Show more ...

The Miami office is led by a team of seasoned professionals who have lived and practiced in the area for many years and who have deep roots in the community. As the gateway to the Americas, the Miami practice is one of the most diverse in the firm, with professionals trained locally and internationally. The office successfully weaves together rich resources in design and programming with a wide spectrum of cultures, traditions, contexts and climates.

The Perkins+Will Miami has been recognized with several honors and distinctions. In 2011 and 2012, Perkins+Will ranked as the #1 Green Architecture Firm in The Book of Lists published by South Florida Business Journal, and also by Florida Trend as one of the Best Companies To Work For In Florida. www.perkinswill.com / 305-569-1333

SEQUIL Systems, Inc. is an award-winning professional services firm that provides highly technical building commissioning, LEED program management, energy modeling and sustainability consulting services to the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Show more ...

SEQUIL's services help project teams reduce the environmental impact of buildings and create exceptional indoor environments. Founded in 2002, SEQUIL is now celebrating its 11th year as a provider of comprehensive energy strategies for the built environment.

SEQUIL's principals have been practicing architecture and engineering since the 1970s, when energy conservation was a core element of design. SEQUIL's commissioning authorities and LEED program managers are experienced and credentialed architects and engineers themselves, having practiced in large firms in major markets on award-winning, landmark and historic projects. Its project portfolio includes works in Miami, South Florida, South America, North America and recent forays across the globe.

For more information please visit our website (www.sequil.com) or contact us directly at info@sequil.com, 561-921-0900 or 305-974-1803.

State Contracting & Engineering Corp. (SCEC) offers its customers in Florida a broad range of construction services in markets that include commercial building, transportation, civil, institutional, and sustainable construction. Based in South Florida since 1970, its parent company was founded in 1927. With substantial experience, SCEC is able to offer customers comprehensive, smart solutions –- solutions that combine insight and innovation with business and industry knowledge gained over the course of a near-century’s worth of successful years in operation. The proven team of professionals at SCEC offers expertise in Construction Management, Design-Build, and General Contracting. Show more ...

At SCEC, building green is more than a service or marketing tool; it is a passion. Our team includes leaders in the South Florida green movement, including USGBC South Florida Chapter President Paul Carty. Among the company’s LEED projects is the Pine Crest School Central Chiller Plant. This LEED Certified Gold project was the first LEED for New Construction project certified in the City of Fort Lauderdale. www.statecontracting.com / 954-923-4747

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