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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.