Chapter's Founding Sponsors


Discussion concerning establishing a USGBC Chapter in South Florida started in 2002. Dave Vernon, then with ReSource South Florida (now Resource 4 Floors), which was then owned by Interface, called the offices of USGBC National in Washington, DC, to discuss the recommended course to become an official Chapter, and was encouraged to reach out to Carolyn Mitchell, then with Wallace, Roberts & Todd and later with Zyscovich in Miami. Carolyn and Dave got together for meetings over the course of several months, encouraging industry colleagues to join them in discussions about the USGBC and establishing the USGBC South Florida Chapter.

Plans and structure were created, key community leaders in the greater AEC community were brought aboard, funding was raised, and, in very large part thanks to Carolyn Mitchell's drive and organization, momentum was created. Soon, the first group of what would be a long line of dynamic leaders for the formal USGBC South Florida Chapter was formed. Fittingly, Ms. Mitchell would go on to be elected by her peers as the first President of the Chapter. Mr. Vernon and others from those first organizing meetings would go on to serve multiple terms on the first Boards of Directors. Many of those early founders of the USGBC South Florida Chapter continue today as strong supporters of the nonprofit organization. See a complete list of Boards of Directors on the 10-Year Anniversary webpage. 

Our Founding Sponsors' (including one individual, Thorn Grafton) magnanimous early support made the establishment of the Chapter possible, creating a lasting legacy and introducing this transformative movement to South Florida, and we thank and honor these outstanding companies and individuals: 

 ASID, Florida South Chapter  Herman Miller, Inc.
 MAPEI, Inc. Office Interiors of Florida
 Perkins + Will, Inc. ReSource South Florida
 Swanke, Hayden, Connell, Ltd.  Wallace, Roberts & Todd
 Zyscovich, Inc. Thorn Grafton, AIA, Architect


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