10A — January 27 - February 9, 2012 — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

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U. S. Green Building Council, NJ Chapter

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As we transition from 2011 into the new year of 2012 our instinct is to reflect on the year past. This has been one of the most challenging in decades on many fronts highlighted by monumental economic, environmental, political and humanitarian events. In the top tier is the state of the US and world economies, US unemployment, real estate stagnation, world wide natural disasters and their repercussions, and world political unrest. As history has shown us, when faced with extreme challenges, our resolve causes us to galvanize as a nation and to kick start to a better place.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Anastasia Harrison, AIA, LEED AP Gannett Fleming, Inc. VICE CHAIR Wayne D. DeFeo, LEED AP DeFeo Associates TREASURER Ed Seliga Advanced Solar Products, Inc. SECRETARY RJ Donnelly, LEED AP Donnelly Industries, Inc. PAST CHAIR WilliamAmann, P.E., DCEP, LEEDAP M & E Engineers, Inc DIRECTORS David Cardella Cardella Waste Services Zach Gallagher, P.E., LEED AP Alliance Environmental, LLC Bill Gates, LEED AP BD&C NJ Meadowlands Comission Joe Porrovecchio, LEED AP, CRM Carbon-Key, LLC Paul Qvale, LEED AP Hillmann Group Lisa San Filippo, AIA, LEEDAP, BD&C Turner Construction Co. Faith Taylor Wyndham Worldwide Andrew Topinka, CPMR Technical Group Services, Inc Ed Walsh, P.E. The Walsh Company Gregg Woodruff, PP, AICP, LEED AP, BD&C Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Florence Block Hunt Construction Anthony Marano Marano Group, Inc. Brad Miller, P.E., P.P.

From the perspective of the NJ Chapter of the US Green Building Council, our role is one of focus on the transformation of green building markets from the standpoints of economic, environmental, education, government advocacy, and business development – all of which is intended to grow our quality of life, economy and to preserve our environment. We have reached several milestones this year but have a long road ahead. The NJ Chapter of USGBC reached 1,000 members this month! Our training roster in green building professions & trades exceeded 800 individuals in our state. We have seen the growth of sustainability initiatives throughout NJ’s corporations indicating recognition that a new economy that supports our people, economy and environment is a priority. The chapter has been influential in supporting state legislative initiatives and we have been awarded a state grant that will provide training to our unemployed population and returning veterans in NJ to support the skill sets needed to qualify for employment in the green building industries. There are also several non profits throughout our state that are committed to this mission that we have supported that include, Homeless Solutions and The Greater Newark Conservancy. FLORENCE BLOCK

The longest journey begins with a single step and we invite you to join us to energize the real estate industry - one of the key indicators of our success.

Please feel free to contact me for information regarding available training grants, committee appointments, and volunteer opportunities at info@usgbcnj.org.

Wishing you and your families a new year filled with peace, health and prosperity.


Florence Block LEED Green Associate Executive Director USGBC NJ

Chapter Events 13-Feb-2012 • 6:00 PM USGBC NJ North Branch Networking Dinner Maggiano’s Little Italy 390 Hackensack Ave., Space 70, Hackensack, NJ 07601

29-Feb-2012 • 8:00 AM Fundamentals of Sustainability and LEED/LEED Green Associate Exam Prep American Standard Brands Training Center - 1 Centennial Ave. - Piscataway, NJ For details on all USGBC-NJ events, visit www.usgbcnj.org

LEED Green Associate GENERAL COUNSEL Harry E. McLellan, Esq, LEED Green Associate McLellan & Associates, LLC CHAPTER COORDINATOR

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