Two months ago the USGBC SC Chapter announced that it was offering fellowships to the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on November 18-20 in Washington, DC. Many applications were received and the USGBC SC Chapter board appointed a 2015 Greenbuild Fellowship committee to review and select the fellowship recipients.
The USGBC SC Chapter 2015 Greenbuild Fellowship committee reviewed the applications and found that all applicants were well qualified. Douglas Rackley, USGBC SC Chapter Chair said the quality of the applicants and their dedication to sustainability made the committee’s decision very difficult.
The SC Chapter is pleased to announce Kyle Taylor (Low Country Branch) and Daya Apunte (Upstate Branch) as the 2015 Greenbuild fellowship winners.
You’re invited to apply for a 2015 Greenbuild Fellowship through USGBC South Carolina.
At USGBC South Carolina we believe the future of green building lies within our membership. In an effort to encourage members to participate in promoting environmental sustainability, we created the Greenbuild Fellowship.
The Greenbuild Fellowship will reimburse the recipient(s) for airfare, hotel accommodations for 3 nights, and conference registration fees for the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo up to $1500.00.
2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
When: Nov. 18-20
Where: Washington, DC
To be considered for the fellowship, applicants must be a member of USGBC South Carolina, a participant in a local branch and a South Carolina resident. In addition, full-time students of a South Carolina college, university or technical school, or young professionals under the age of 30 is also encouraged to apply.
May 28, 2015
Today, we are thrilled to announce that we are working with USGBC to pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement.
This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local USGBC regions to enhance their operations and focus on the mission-work that really matters.
Until now, each chapter across the USGBC network has operated independently, which has created unnecessary inefficiencies and overhead costs. With this chapter evolution, many of our back office functions will transition to integrated platforms. This will allow our staff and volunteers to engage in more meaningful work and tackle some of the big ideas on our list.
We are excited about this next phase for our chapter, and we are confident that the improved tools and access that will be available through this integration will provide inspiration to reinvigorate your commitment to our shared mission.
Douglas K. Rackley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
2015 Chair – Board of Directors
USGBC South Carolina Chapter
Sustainability Manager, Michael Koman will finish his tenure this fall at the University of South Carolina. To highlight his accomplishments over his 15 years of service, he shared his last lecture on how the University of South Carolina’s green building program has evolved over his tenure. He discussed the history of green buildings on the Columbia campus and the role LEED has played in moving the campus to its current status. The process, impact and performance of the program showed some pretty impressive numbers, including the new Darla Moore School of Business. The Darla Moore school boasts an impressive 48% more energy efficient, and 41.5% more water efficient compared to conventional building.
Michael discussed the need to incorporate energy efficiency modeling into the design process early on and making sure these measures are incorporated into construction. He also mentions the need for ensuring staffing for maintenance is incorporated into new construction, and ensuring staff has the knowledge and skills to maintain the systems in place. The Darla Moore school has included these measures.
Recomissioning was mentioned as an important part of maintenance. Funding building recommisioning can bring aging equipment back up to the level upon which it was originally intended, and save lots of operational dollars.
The University will continue to uphold the LEED Silver state mandate for new construction and renovations and incorporate ASHRAE 189.1 into new construction.
The USGBC Midlands Branch thanked Michael for his leadership in supporting green building in South Carolina by making a donation to Trees for the Future, and organization that has planted over 50 million trees worldwide to fight deforestation in some of the more remote areas.
We wish Michael the best of luck.
The USGBC Midlands Branch will be having our Summer Mixer and Solar Tour on August 6th, 2015. Below are the highlights for the event. Please go ahead and save the date. Additional Details will follow soon.
4:00 – 4:10pm Introduction
4:10 – 4:20pm Solar Manufacturer Commercial Solar: How Solar is Changing: Why solar, why now?
4:20 – 4:30pm Smart Power Residential Solar Incentive
4:30 – 4:40pm Museum overview
4:40 – 5:00pm Rooftop Solar Array Tour
5:00 – 7:00pm Head to Main St. for First Thursday Mixer
Join us for Michael Koman’s Last Lecture as his tenure at the University of South Carolina draws to an end.
Sustainability Manager, Michael Koman will cover how the University of South Carolina’s green building program has evolved over his tenure. He will review the history of green buildings on the Columbia campus and the role LEED has played in moving the campus to its current status. The process, impact and performance of the program will be covered as well as the positive contributions the LEED system has provided. The program will include the issues and problems the University has experienced with consistently applying LEED over the last twelve years including several case studies. Finally, he will share where the University is going in order to address the issues and the role LEED plays in the future of the campus.
Will LEED be a part of new building construction or will the University turn to a new system? Find out here. You don’t want to miss this one.
Tuesday May 19th 11:30am – 12:45pm
USC West (Green) Quad
1216 Wheat St.
Columbia, SC 29208
For full details and registration, Click Here
You are invited to join the inaugural
USGBC-SC Upstate “Green Initiatives Summit” Golf Tournament.
Date: June 19th, 2015
Location: Saluda Valley Country Club
Time: 1:00pm “Shotgun” start
Format: “Captain’s Choice”
– Age 55 and older will play from “White” tees
– All others will play from “Blue” tees
Cost: $50 per player, $200 per team of 4
Includes, golf, cart, range balls, and goody bag
Awards: First, Second, Third place trophies. Prizes for “Closest to the Pin” and “Longest Drive”
A limited number of Hole Sponsorships are available.
Contact Ron Hoffman at email@example.com
864.277-1645 (O), 864.884-9749 (M)
Please join us for the 12th Annual Conservation Legislative Oyster Roast on Wednesday, April 15 from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M.
The event will take place at The Market Building, 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Join the Midlands Branch of the South Carolina United States Green Building Council on April 7th from 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. at Michael’s Cafe for a Green Building Coffee Chat to learn more about what the Committee Chairs of our Midlands Branch are doing on the fronts of Advocacy, Education, and Green Schools.
Michael’s Cafe is located at 1620 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201.