ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 18, 2021) – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of green residential and commercial construction, land developments and local governments, has been recognized with multiple 2021 Water Quality and Resource Awards by the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce.
FGBC was honored in two categories, Stormwater Management Award and Wetland Protection.
“Stormwater management and wetland protection continue to be an integral focus when developing our green certification standards,” said FGBC president Bill Kachman. “Our goal is to exceed regulatory requirements in innovative ways that are effective and cost-efficient requiring a versatility that is applied to homes, commercial buildings, neighborhoods and local governments that want to truly be “Florida Green.”
In their second year, Green Chamber awards recognize examples of water quality improvement and conservation that best demonstrates significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in prevention of water quality degradation by Green Chamber members and other businesses in Florida in four categories.
“Congratulations to the Florida Green Building Coalition,” said Green Chamber Executive Director Christina Kelcourse, Esq, CFP, CRPC. “Our entries have a tremendous impact in providing access to safe drinking water and water quality. They have done remarkable work leveraging innovation and proficiency to preserve one of our most vital natural resources.”
The non-profit FGBC is by far the largest certifier of green residential and commercial construction, local governments, communities in the state with over 26,000 green certified projects since 2000. The Green Chamber is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses and community organizations including non-profits that emphasize green and sustainable business practices. The award was created in cooperation with St. Johns Riverkeepers, the Florida Green Building Coalition and the St. Johns River Water Management District.
“We are pleased to be singled out for our continuing emphasis on water quality and conservation in our green standards. The awards are a terrific way to showcase the diverse initiatives that organizations and companies are taking throughout our state to value water,” noted FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila.
Over two decades ago FGBC brought together industry professionals from the construction, government, academic and research communities to create green building standards tailored specifically to Florida.
FGBC “Florida Green” standards take a scientific approach and were developed with state-specific criteria. They address Florida’s hot-humid environment, distinctive topography, unique geology, resiliency, and natural disasters.
Going Green? In Florida you have a choice. Contact the Florida Green Building Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org or call (407) 777-4914.
About the Florida Green Building Coalition
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation founded in 2000 and dedicated to improving the built environment. Its mission is “to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs.” FGBC certification programs are the only standards developed with climate specific criteria to address issues caused by Florida’s hot-humid environment and natural disasters. Currently, FGBC is the leading certifier of green projects in Florida. FGBC’s membership is comprised of individuals and businesses from all areas of the building industry, including research, design, materials, products, construction, inspection, marketing, finance, and public advocates. For more information about the FGBC “Florida Green” certification programs visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.
About the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) where being green is cool and convenient! Today, more businesses than ever understand how critical it is to grow in ways that are sustainable financially, but also socially and environmentally. NFGCC is a 501(c)6 non-profit member organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. and established in 2018 to advance sustainable business in Northeast Florida through networking, education, and advocacy. NFGCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.
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