Florida Green Building Coalition Scholarship Jumpstarts Career

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For Ashantae Green, the Florida Green Building Coalition’s (FGBC) post-secondary education scholarship did more than help her pay for college.

It connected her to Northeast Florida’s growing green building network.

The monetary award included a complimentary one-year FGBC membership. Green used it to serve on the organization’s Education Committee and to attend other green building activities.

PHOTO: Ashantae Green and TerraWise Homes President Nathan Lambert.

“We are very pleased to be able to support sustainability and promoting green building in our state through the scholarships and supporting other endeavors, such as Future Builders of America,” said FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila.

Founded in 2000, FGBC is dedicated to improving the built environment by leading and promoting sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through community outreach, education and certification programs.

“It allowed me to make connections and to really be involved in the green movement in Florida,” Green said. “It was very encouraging, and it set me on a good path.”

Since then Green, who is 26, has landed a job with TerraWise Homes, one of Jacksonville’s top energy-efficient homebuilders and FGBC member.

The builder prides itself on home designs that drastically reduce energy bills, in some cases by hundreds of dollars per month when compared to neighborhood peers.

“What I like about TerraWise is it offers a great product and is proof that you can live sustainably without sacrificing quality or aesthetics,” Green said.

TerraWise president Nathan Lambert said it was Green’s FGBC membership and her CAD skill-set that immediately caught his attention.

“It showed she clearly had an interest in sustainable, green building, and we like to work with people who are like-minded,” he said.

Green currently serves in an administrative role at TerraWise, learning the business side of the company. The CAD skills Green acquired in school will eventually be used on the design side as well.

In 2016 FGBC, Florida’s leading certifier of green homes, awarded Green its inaugural post-secondary scholarship.

The financial portion of the award enabled Green to finish her associate degree, a first step towards her current pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Business and Sustainability from Jacksonville University.

Her goal is to one day work as a sustainability officer for a business or construction company.

FGBC’s statewide scholarship program is available to students pursuing careers in green building or related sustainability disciplines. Scholarships can be renewed for up to four years.

The award includes a complimentary one-year FGBC membership, which gives the recipient access to all FGBC activities, including serving on committees, participating in the leadership elections, and contributing to the certification standards development process.

Applications are now being accepted for five (5) 1,000 scholarships. Apply at http://www.floridagreenbuilding.org/scholarships until March 31, 2019.

To date FGBC has over 19,000 residential, commercial, high-rise, land developments, local governments participating in its certification programs.

FGBC five certification programs are the only U.S. or international green standards developed with Florida-specific criteria to address issues caused by the state’s hot-humid environment, unique topography, geology and natural disasters.

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For more information contact the Florida Green Building Coalition at info@floridagreenbuilding.org, visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org call (407) 777-4919.