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Vince Briones, PE, LEED AP, was instrumental in the Central Florida green building movement. A rare form of cancer took Vince from us at an early age, 48, on October 16, 2017. He is survived by his wife Kirstin and two sons. Vince and Kirstin are pictured at left.

To know Vince was to love Vince. He was the driving force to create Florida's first LEED Certified building in 2003, the Lynn Business School at Stetson University. Over the years, he held key roles with TLC Engineering and Atkins, and helped lead their sustainability teams. In the early 2000s, he helped create a green building consulting start-up, GreenTime. He attended the first Greenbuild conference in Austin, TX, and he also contributed to the formation of the US Green Building Council Central Florida Chapter.

More importantly and impactful, Vince spent countless hours giving educational presentations, inspiring and teaching others about green buildings and making our planet a better place. Personable and patient, Vince made you WANT to do sustainable work. 

Working with partners and friends, USGBC Central Florida has honored this very special green ambassador's inspirational legacy by creating an annual scholarship in his name to benefit students at the University of Central Florida who exemplify Vince's passion for green buildings and his desire to educate others to transform the building industry around sustainability.

Inaugural Scholarship Winner

Ms. Hannah Hollinger, 23 and a LEED Green Associate, was selected amongst a number of other outstanding submissions for the inaugural Vince Briones Education Scholarship. Hannah (pictured at right) is pursuing her Masters at UCF in Environmental Studies / Urban & Regional Planning. She has been extremely active in teaching and hands-on involvement on campus with sustainability and environmental activities. With a 3.5 grade average, she has her sights set on a career in urban design, environmental planning, strategic urban planning, and urban renewal. She is a member of UCF's Sustainability Advisory Committee in Buildings and Energy.

To Contribute to Scholarship

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Vince and to the scholarship fund bearing his name, visit www.usgbcflorida.org/Donate. Then scroll down to the Central Florida section, check the Vince Briones Scholarship button, and note in the Comment box at the end of the page the particulars of your payment (e.g., Vince Briones Scholarship). It's a safe, secure and easy-to-follow transaction path. If you have any questions regarding contributing to this scholarship, please get in touch with Lee Cooke. If you have questions concerning Vince's inspirational and sterling contributions to this transformational movement, contact Mike Hess.

To Apply for Briones/UCF Scholarship in 2019

Thanks to  contributors to the scholarship fund (see below), USGBC Central Florida is able to offer this as an annual scholarship to a University of Central Florida student who is pursuing a career associated with sustainability and is dedicated to teaching others about going green. Vince graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He used his UCF education to design high-performance buildings with a variety of sustainable features including reduced energy and water consumption, high indoor air quality, and onsite renewable energy generation. Vince was a huge fan of UCF sports teams and supported his alma mater. This scholarship will continue that support. 

In early 2019, the second Briones scholarship will be available for application.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning the particulars of what judges looked for in the 2018 scholarship application, click here.  The application will be updated in early 2019.  

TLC's GreenWeek to honor Vince

TLC Engineering for Architecture's annual GreenWeek (click here to review 2017's educational offerings) will henceforth include an annual recognition of their former employee.  "Vince was an inspiration to all of us at TLC, and we're honored to attach his name to an educational component of our GreenWeek activities in Central Florida," states Kim Shinn (PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, BEMP), Principal/Senior Sustainability Wizard at TLC.  Check back here to learn details as TLC plans its 2018 GreenWeek.  

Thanks to our Scholarship Contributors

Contributions -- Corporations

The Atkins Foundation
TLC Engineering for Architecture

Contributions -- Individuals
Bahar Armaghani
Rachel Cook
Robyn Dowsey
Mark Gelfo
Katie Hanley
Stephanie Helfman
Mike Hess
Daniel Hurlbert
Theresa Kuntz
Brian Lomel
Kristin and Ryan Marcum
Cheryl Maze
Victoria Meadows
Rachel Mitchell
Fred Muscatello
Philip Piliero
Helen Preece
Michael Sheerin
Kim Shinn
Joanna Switzer
Curtis Wade
Kristen Walson
Christina Webb

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