28A — July 27 - August 16, 2012 — Owners, Developers & Managers — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


Greening Our Schools Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues, US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter is a core partner in the groundbreaking NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium . The goal of the Consortium is “creating healthier schools at lower costs.” The NJ

Sustainable Schools Consortium is aligned with the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) initiative, and goes far beyond GRS as well. USGBC NJ brings to the Consortium valuable expertise and focused training, and provides access to a network of motivated professionals. The Sustainable Schools Consortium dovetails perfectly with USGBC National’s Center for Green Schools , whose mission is: green schools for everyone within this generation. In fact, the Consortium helps puts New Jersey at the forefront of greening our schools in the US. According to the USGBC Center for Green Schools, “By promoting the design and construction of new green schools and by greening existing schools, we can make a tremendous impact on student health, school operational costs and the environment.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Anastasia Harrison, AIA, LEED AP Gensler 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 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 Alliance Environmental, LLC Bill Gates, LEED AP BD&C Hunt Construction Anthony Marano Marano Group, Inc. Brad Miller, P.E., P.P.


Furthermore, green schools do not have to be new schools. There are approximately 133,000 schools across the country. As the economy forces school districts to slow or even halt capital improvement plans, many are focusing on what can be done to improve the efficiency and environmental quality of existing facilities. As with new green construction, implementing green strategies into existing school buildings can be cost effective. On Sept. 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the USGBC will host the first ever Green Apple Day of Service . For one day, advocates from across the country and around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking real action in their communities. From South Africa to Canada, Korea to Brazil, every school can be better served by our commitment on this day. Visit http://mygreenapple.org/greenapple.aspx for more information on how to get involved. USGBC NJ is thrilled to be working toward green schools on so many different fronts and we hope that you and your organizations will consider participating in your respective districts. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or additional information. Sincerely, Florence Block Executive Director USGBC NJ

Chapter Events

8/23/12 – USGBC NJ 5th Annual Summer Social at Jenkinson’s, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 10/11/12 – USGBC NJ 10th Anniversary Gala and Awards Dinner, Revel, Atlantic City, NJ

For details on all USGBC-NJ events, visit www.usgbcNJ.org

Number of New Jersey chapter members:


LEED Green Associate GENERAL COUNSEL Harry E. McLellan, Esq, LEED Green Associate

Number of USGBC member Companies in NJ: Number of LEED Accredited Professionals in NJ: Number of LEED registered projects in NJ: Number of LEED certified projects in NJ:



McLellan & Associates, LLC CHAPTER COORDINATOR Mary Ellen Garrigus COMMUNICATIONS & MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR Medea Villere ’ www.usgbcnj.org

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