ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green projects in the state, has announced its executive committee and board for the coming year.
Hollywood’s Barry Faske, Faske Enterprises, has been elected president. U.S. Army Major (Ret.) Bill Kachman of DeLand will serve as vice president. Katrina Locke, Sustainability and Natural Resources Director for Volusia County in Deland is the secretary and Orlando’s Jeremy Nelson of GreenGov, LLC is treasurer.
“The board’s leadership and energy has been instrumental in promoting and maintaining “Florida Green” standards and programs throughout the state. The board makes policy, directs staff and has the ultimate responsibility for the advancement of our local mission to promote green building in Florida,” noted FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila.
With over 18,000 certifications to date, FGBC is by far the largest certifier of green homes, communities, commercial buildings, hi-rises and local governments in Florida.
Faske is a true native Floridian with roots dating back over 100 years to Miami and South Florida. He has been a business owner for over 15 years and is an FGBC Certifying Agent.
He is active on many FGBC committees, including Education, Programs & Promotions, Homes, and Legislative. Within his community, Faske is Chair of the city of Hollywood’s Green Team Advisory Committee to the City Commission and is a member of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force.
He is also Chair of the Leadership Hollywood Environmental Day – a 40-year-old program of the Hollywood Chamber with over 1000 graduates, including many elected or appointed officials serving at the local, state, and national levels. Faske’s educational background includes studies in environment, social, technology, building, and electronic systems.
Kachman joined Environmental Construction & Consulting in Deland in 2004 and got involved with green building.
For the next nine years, he helped manage the construction and consulting side of the company, working with builders, local governments and communities to further green building practices in Volusia and Lake counties.
He has worked for 12 years in the education field as a teacher, served as a registered lobbyist for Correctional Education, and as a distance education developer for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
He volunteers on behalf FGBC with the Florida Chapter of the Future Builders of America.
In his retirement years, he is working to help FGBC grow in Florida and become the preeminent green organization in Florida.
Locke manages Green Volusia, the county’s sustainability program, which includes the county’s Sustainability Action Plan, and oversees the Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC), Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation, Manatee Protection Plan, and outdoor education programs.
She is actively involved in FGBC’s Education and Green Local Government committees. She is also a member of the Florida Sustainability Network and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network.
Previously, she managed the LEC from conceptual stages to operation. She worked on the green certified facility and interactive display designs, which include displays that illustrate green building practices.
Locke has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science (honors) degree in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, Bangor.
Nelson has been active in the Florida Green Building Coalition since 2006.
Nelson has served as a project evaluator, has been instrumental in drafting updates to FGBC standards, and has represented FGBC at various local government city and county meetings.
Prior to launching GreenGov, LLC. he worked for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) for over eight years, promoting sustainability education and conducting energy efficiency research.
Nelson holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida.
FGBC board members include Randy Conn, ES Green & Company LLC, Tallahassee; Jim Barnes, Village of Wellington, Wellington; Mike Bonts, Mike Bonts PR, Jacksonville; Peggy Christ, Bee Green Realty LLC, Bradenton; C.J. Davila, Florida Green Building Coalition, Orlando; Arturo Griego, G3, Miami Beach; Cindy Hall, Eco Solutions Marketing, Jensen Beach; Greg Hardwick, Hardwick General Contracting, Orlando; Lara Kuleshova, City of Tallahassee, Tallahassee; Claire Lewis, University of Florida – IFAS, Gainesville; Ric Lightner, Global Sustainability Certifying Consultant, Key West; Ralph Locke, Environmental Construction & Consulting, Inc, Deland; Jeannette Moore, Green Florida Properties, St. Augustine; Lisa Pearcy, 15 lightyears, Longwood; Nate Ritter, GreenBuilt Solutions, LLC, Orlando; Diana Robinson, Manatee County Government, Bradenton; Mike Rogers, Southern Advocacy Group, Tallahassee; Mary Tappouni, Breaking Ground Contracting, Jacksonville and Kristin Triolo, Sarasota Homes International, Sarasota.
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