Real Estate Journal — Owners, Developers & Managers — May 30 - June 12, 2014 — 15B


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Letter from the Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues: USGBC-NJ has been committed to spreading the word about LEED v4, the newest version of the LEED green building program, which launched in November 2013. In an effort to better inform key influencers around the state, the New Jersey Chapter has actively engaged the legislature and Commissioners of various State departments on the importance of LEED and sustainable building. Since February, USGBC-NJ has met with 12 members of the New Jersey State legislature, as well as staff of the NJ State Departments and partisan staff. Meetings with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs provided an open dialogue about possible public-private collaborative efforts in educating those interested in achieving LEED credentials. We look forward to similar meetings with the Department of Transportation and the Board of Public Utilities in the coming months.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair Ed Seliga Advanced Solar Products, Inc. VICE Chair Faith Taylor Wyndham Worldwide Treasurer RJ Donnelly, CRM, LEED AP BD+C Donnelly Industries, Inc. secretary Zach Gallagher, PE, LEED AP Natural Systems Utilities past Chair Anastasia Harrison, AIA, LEED AP Eco Solutions DIRECTORS Jim Corrigan, LEED AP O+M Mack-Cali Realty Corp. Jeremy Cressman, LEED AP American Standard Brands David DeVos, AIA, LEED AP Prudential Real Estate Investors Bill Gates, LEED AP BD+C Hunt Construction Group Tom Hales Herman Miller, Inc. Aaron Kalisher, CSP, CBCP, LEED AP Chubb Insurance Tracey Kasper, LEED AP Avison Young Vance Merolla, P.E. Colgate-Palmolive Company Ana Meyer, LEED AP, MBA Verizon Wireless Jed Richardson, LEED Green Associate Johnson & Johnson Attilio Rivetti, LEED AP Turner Construction Company Robert Schmitt, LEED Green Associate The Hampshire Companies Gregg Woodruff, PP, AICP, LEED-AP BD+C Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. GENERAL COUNSEL Harry E. McLellan, Esq, LEED AP BD+C McLellan & Associates, LLC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Florence Block, LEED Green Associate CHAPTER COORDINATOR Mary Ellen Garrigus COMMUNICATIONS/MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR Medea Villeré www.usgbcnj.org


New Jersey has also been very engaged in legislative efforts to promote green building. Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36), and Senator Bob Smith (D-17), Chair of the Environment and Energy Committee, have introduced legislation that would provide tax credits for certain green buildings. The “Green Building and Infrastructure Tax Credit Act” (S- 754) was reported out of committee in March and now awaits second reading by the Senate in the Budget and Appropriations Committee. USGBC-NJ strongly supports this legislation and looks forward to working with both Senators as the bill progresses. USGBC-NJ will hold its Advocacy Day at the New Jersey State House this June. This is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of USGBC-NJ among legislators, staffers and other influences within the State House. USGBC-NJ will work to better educate these key influences on the economic benefits of green building and inform them of current green building efforts in New Jersey. If you would like to know more about LEED v4 or New Jersey’s advocacy efforts, please contact me at (973) 290-0013, or executivedirector@usgbcnj.org.


Florence Block, LEED Green Associate Executive Director, USGBC-NJ

Chapter Events

6/11- USGBC NJ Central Branch - Duke Farms Networking Dinner Presentation – Hillsborough, NJ. 6/18- Emerging Professionals 2nd Annual Summer Kick – Jersey City, NJ. 6/23- 11th Annual USGBC NJ Golf Outing- Basking Ridge, NJ. 9/18- 12th Annual USGBC NJ Gala & Awards Dinner- Montclair, NJ.

Number of New Jersey chapter members: 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:




943 311

LEED Homes certified in NJ:


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