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.
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
SC Chapter Board of Directors Announces New Leaders for 2015
Douglas Rackley the SC Chapter Chair for 2015 is a LEED AP BD+C and project architect with DP3 Architects in Greenville, SC. Where he is an architect in the Community Studio and manages a diverse portfolio of urban projects. Douglas promotes sustainable best practices throughout his work and has presented at sustainability conferences. He earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University. He is a member of American Institute of Architects, AIA Greenville, the American Rainwater Catchment Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Douglas is an alumnus of Leadership Greenville Class XXV and served on the USGBC SC Upstate Branch Steering Committee. He was SC Chapter Vice Chair in 2014.
Greg Soyka, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, LS3P (Charleston office) has been elected Vice Chair for 2015 and will become Chair in 2016. Greg’s 30+ years’ experience has evolved around energy-efficient envelope design and systems integration on a wide variety of medium to large scale project types including healthcare, R&D, commercial office, and multi-family housing. Greg pursued environmental interests while earning a BA from the University of Vermont in 1981 which transitioned to an interest in design which led to a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1984. Greg spent the first half of his career working with prominent Chicago architecture firms and joined LS3P in 1999 where he serves as Office Operations and Finance Manager in addition to his project leadership roles. Greg is a member of the American Institute of Architects and chaired the SC Chapter of the AIA/AGC Joint Cooperative Committee from 2007 to 2014.
Joe Manganelli has been elected Treasurer. Joe is a designer and researcher at Fluor Corporation working on the design of industrial facilities. Prior to joining Fluor, he was a researcher at Clemson University focused on human-technology interactions and performance. Before entering the research community, Joe had seven years of building industry experience, mostly on K-12, higher ed, and industrial facilities project types. Joe holds a PhD in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment from Clemson University and a BArch and Bachelor of Arts (Spanish) from Auburn University. Joe is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED AP BD+C, and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Rick Huffman has been re-elected Secretary. He was founder and former president of the South Carolina Native Plant Society. He received the 2003 Environmental Educator of the Year Award from the Environmental Educators Association of South Carolina. He received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Environmental Awareness. In 2010, Rick received Upstate Forever’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
The SC Chapter has several standing committees. George Druyos and Justin “Hootie” Solesbee have been elected as the new Fund Raising Co-Chairs. Michael Criss, LEED AP remains as Advocacy Chair. Dan Gerst remains as Communications Chair, Sarah Hodge remains as Membership Chair, Eleni Glekas remains as Education Chair, and Mary Pat Crozier remains as SERC Rep.
The USGBC South Carolina Chapter is now accepting education program proposals for the 2015 calendar year for Branch programs throughout South Carolina and consideration for the 2015 Green Schools Summit! Please read this full Call for Proposals for full details on topic preference and review process, complete the proposal submittal form and submit to Eleni Glekas, Education Chair (email@example.com) by midnight on February 6th, 2015.
USGBC South Carolina’s education programs advance the Chapter’s mission and enhance the knowledge of our members and interested parties about design, construction, and operational practices, promote green building best practices and the LEED certification process. The intent of all USGBC education programs is to help those involved in LEED and green building projects to learn from others’ best practices, challenges and successes and move the green building market and movement forward in South Carolina.
Preference will be given to topics and building tours that support the mission and strategic initiatives of the Chapter, which includes programs related to LEED v4, green and healthy schools, green and affordable homes, and net zero buildings and sustainable communities. Other related green building or design topics such as building performance and operations, existing building retrofits and green codes will be considered. In your proposal submission, please clearly state how your topic is relevant timely and relevant to the Chapter audience.
December 3, 2014 – The staff and current board of USGBC SC Chapter are happy to welcome three new board members from across the state. “The USGBC SC is devoted to facilitating the growth of green building practices in South Carolina. The Board of Directors provides the strategic guidance for the implementation of the USGBC SC Chapter mission. We are extremely pleased to have three of the most dedicated thought leaders in green building in South Carolina step forward to volunteer their time for this very important cause. The citizens of South Carolina should be proud to have such devoted stewards looking out for the manner in which we construct buildings in our state”, said Bachman Smith, 2014 South Carolina Chapter Chair.
Douglas Rackley. AIA, LEED AP BD+C and 2015 Chair adds, “USGBC SC Chapter has an excellent 2015 board of directors with volunteer directors offering professional knowledge of the “green” industry. The new board members are well suited to join the board to promote sustainability across South Carolina as our Chapter strives to transform the SC building and construction service industries.”New members include:
GEORGE W. DRUYOS, President, FIX America in Charleston which provides spray foam insulation, air barrier systems and commercial waterproofing installations. A strategic visionary with a clear sense of purpose and urgency when faced with varied challenges of growth.
JUSTIN “Hootie” SOLESBEE, LEED AP BD+C, Harper Corporation Sustainability Coordinator, USGBC SC Upstate Branch Steering Committee since 2012. Hootie offers a unique insight into the benefits of sustainable building practices, the LEED program and USGBC mission. Harper is an advocate for LEED and has performed more LEED construction in the Upstate than any other local general contractor.
JOHN HANSEN, LEED AP BD+C, AIA, architect at Craig Gaulden Davis, business leader, current USGBC Chapter Steering Member, former USGBC Southeast Chair and former USGBC SC Chapter Chair, John is committed to engage local regional and national organizations to enhance the Chapter’s strategic objectives.
The three new members join a board that oversees USGBC SC Chapter’s finances, governance, policies and practices, regular education and training, strategic planning and statewide outreach.
About USGBC SC Chapter
USGBC – South Carolina Chapter is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated in South Carolina, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life
Envelope Commissioning for High Performance Buildings
(1.0 PDH – GBCI / AIA)
Join us for our monthly program hosted by The Citadel Civil and Environmental Engineering Department! Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available prior to the presentation.
Presenter: Darren Draper, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C from Epsten Group
Location: The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St. (LeTellier Hall, 2nd Floor)
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Presentation at 6:30pm)
Cost: USGBC-SC Member: Free, Non-Member: $10.00
*Only cash/check will be accepted at the door. Checks may be made payable to U.S. Green Building Council SC Chapter. Chapter donations are 100% tax deductible. (more…)
Leadership in Green Building Awards honors individuals, firms, organizations or projects that lead by example, or have helped transform markets by providing information or education that establishes the value of green building.
Leadership in Green Building Individual Award goes to Todd Usher. In 2002, his company Addison Homes became the only company in South Carolina to build 100% of its homes to third-party verified environmental standards: Energy Star, EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes, National Green Building Standard and, most recently, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home. As the first builder in the U.S. to earn the National Association of Home Builder’s Master Certified Green Professional designation, Todd freely shares his expertise with the building industry. He is a Director of the National Association of Home Builders and Education Chairman of the South Carolina Home Builders Association. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Clemson University’s Department of Construction Science and Management, where he encourages the next generation of builders to pursue green building. Addison Homes is also part of the Best Practices Research Alliance, a collaborative effort to foster innovation in high-performance construction and smart energy homes. Todd also shares information about the benefits of green building with the public—both at events and through publications as well as his outreach to the Greenville area Habitat for Humanity. The Addison Homes/Greenville Habitat partnership is one of nine successful examples highlighted in “High Performance Home Building Guide for Habitat for Humanity Affiliates,” a publication designed by the Federation of American Scientists to assist Habitat programs across the country in their efforts to build sustainable housing.
Exemplary Project Award is characterized by unique environmental, social and economic success, as well as the ability to inspire others and will be judged by measurable energy and water savings. This award goes to the USC Darla Moore School of Business and is presented to Debbie Brumbaugh, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administrative Services, Joyce Ignacio, RVA Architect and Wendy Hennessey, project manager. The Darla Moore School, a 251,891 sf building is 30% smaller than the school’s previous home—a move toward sustainability. The project partnered with the US DOE and the Commercial Building Partnership to explore, implement and measure significant energy saving design features. The building was designed to maximize space and flexibility. It features chilled beam and underfloor air distribution to improve HVAC efficiency by 50-60% and interior lighting design that is 53% more efficient than traditional approaches. The building includes 2 green roofs, grey water collection and reuse, and an advanced monitoring and measurement system to ensure the building operates at maximum efficiency. There is no question that publicity surrounding the building, as well as information from its monitoring systems, will be used to instruct and inspire others.
Green School Award was added this year to inspire others in this growing segment. The winner of our Green Schools Award is the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering— the first engineering focused elementary school in South Carolina and the first school to receive LEED Silver certification in the upstate. The school is located on a brownfield site and incorporates both a green roof and solar technology. The building itself is used to enhance the curriculum, with sustainability being an actual unit of study. Since its opening, the school has received a steady stream of visitors hoping to learn from Greenville’s example. The school is also notable for its community partnerships: By sharing a site with the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, the school district was able to split the cost of developing the desirable, yet problematic site. The Kroc Center houses a Boys and Girls Club providing after school programs. The Kroc Center also features an indoor swimming pool where children can take swimming lessons, a theater for performances, a conference center for staff training and a gymnasium for a host of extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, the Salvation Army utilizes the media center, computer lab and classrooms in the school building. This is sustainability at its finest when what is not built is just as important as what is built. Terry Mills, School District representative accepted the award.
Keith Sanders Service Award, (an award recognizing service to the USGBC SC Chapter) goes to Hiren Shah, Treasurer of the SC Chapter for the last three years.
Sponsor we thank Duke Energy for again sponsoring the USGBC SC Chapter Leadership awards program (four years in a row).
Call them Green Building Rock Stars, Sustainability Super Heroes, or just plain leaders. The South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council wants to honor them at the Eighth Annual Green Building Leadership Awards Program and held in conjunction with the Annual Membership meeting and building tour October 1, 2014, in Greenville.
Nominations will be accepted for three categories: Leadership, Exemplary Project and Green Schools. Nominations are due by close of business on September 3, 2014. Click here for the nomination form and instructions.
The awards honor outstanding people, organizations and projects that have furthered the cause of green building in South Carolina. Nominees must be honored for work performed in the state, and honored projects must have been completed within the past three years.
Leadership awards will honor individuals, firms or organizations that lead by example, or which have helped to transform markets by providing information or education that establishes the value of green building. Leadership awards will honor efforts “above and beyond” -not simply a “job well done.”
An Exemplary Project is one characterized by unique environmental, social and economic success, as well as its ability to inspire others. It will also be judged by measurable sustainable attributes such as energy or water savings. The project must be complete by the time of submission. Projects may include new building, retrofits, interior fitouts, or landscape design. Projects must be registered for certification under the USGBC’s LEED certification program. In certain instances a project may be considered if it is registered under the Green Globes, EarthCraft or NAHB Green Homes programs.
Green School awards will draw particular attention to a project or leader setting an example for K-12 schools.
Past award recipients include:
2006 University of South Carolina, Furman University, Clemson University, John Knott (Noisette)
2007 S.C. Energy Office, Craig Gaulden Davis, Coastal Carolina University, Sen. James Ritchie
2008 Mayor Keith Summey, City of North Charleston, Upstate Forever, 7th Grade Teachers of Georgetown Middle School, Dennis Knight
2010 James Meadors/Charleston Green Committee, Tony Bakker, Frank Powell (Furman University), Beezer Molten/Halfmoon Outfitters
2011 Don Cameron, Housing Authority of Charleston, YMCA of Coastal Carolina, Jackson School, Kershaw County School District, Holiday Inn Hotel, W. Columbia
2012 Bryan Cordell, SC Sustainability Institute, Wofford College Goodall Environmental Studies Center
2013 Boeing, Edens, USC Patterson Hall, MUSC Bioengineering Building
Keith Sanders Service Award, for outstanding service to the Chapter: Denise Sherman, Allen Taylor, John Hansen, Dan Gerst, Jude Peck.
The USGBC South Carolina Chapter would like to thank our awards sponsor, Duke Energy, for your support in recognizing leaders in green building.