Branch Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities

What is The USGBC South Florida Chapter? 
Volunteer-governed + volunteer-driven = a nonprofit organization!
Can you describe our volunteers in 8 words or more?
Our lifeblood, priceless contributions, smart, passionate, fun, tireless, giving and successful.  Their actions have the potential to make a HUGE difference in our SOUTH FLORIDA community -- NOW and in the FUTURE -- by helping Educate, Enlighten and Empower our region to adopt an approach to building that is both Ecologically and Economically sustainable. 

How much fun can we have? They have a HECKUVA lot of fun while MULTI-TASKING in making industry connections, new friends, and educating members!

Who can I contact? If you are interested in volunteering at the Palm Beach Branch, contact Mark Stempler or Robin Blakeman.  

Palm Beach Branch 
Governing Council:

Who are we?
Chair -- Mark Stempler
Vice-Chair -- 
Secretary/Treasurer -- Ernie Lefler
Immediate-Past Chair --  Robin Blakeman

Committee Chairs:

How are we organized?
Advocacy -- Josh Atlas
Emerging Professionals -- (Co-Chairs) Frisner "JP" Jean Pierre and -- Adrian Barrios
Green Schools -- (Co-Chairs) Open
Residential Green Building --  Judith Bradley
Membership --  (Co-Chairs) Judith Bradley and Open
Programs -- Collaborative Branch Effort
Tourism -- (Co-Chairs) Jonathan Jadunandan and Abraham Wien


A Special Congratulations are in order to Judy Bradley for completing six weeks of training for the Palm Beach County Resident Education to Action Program (REAP) Neighborhood Improvement Training Course.  Well Done Judy!

Emerging Professionals At Work

Above our Palm Beach EP's volunteered at Roosevelt Elementary School painting this beautiful mural. Great Job Everyone!!

Images From Recent Events ...

Palm Beach Home Tour


Green Apple Day of Service Project 

Upcoming Chapter Events

Earth Day Project

USGBC South Florida enjoyed their debut collaboration with Habitat For Humanity South Palm Beach County on April 26. Our volunteers landscaped the four newest Habitat homes in a community in Boynton Beach.

LEED Gold Office Tour: Garden of Life

The Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Branches hosted a tour of the Garden of Life headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens. With more than 40 attendees, USGBS was able to recruit 3 new members for the cause! Everyone was very impressed with the LEED Gold office space and looks forward to future tours.

Sponsor Our Branch Programs

There are many outstanding marketing benefits that accrue to sponsors of our Palm Beach Branch's educational programs. To learn more about sponsor benefits click here. To discuss a specific Palm Beach Branch program, contact Robin Blakeman or Mark Stempler


History of the Palm Beach Branch

The Palm Beach Branch has a special place not only in local green-building history, but with USGBC National as well.  The former Treasure Coast / Palm Beach Branch was, with the Broward and Miami-Dade Branches, the first USGBC Branches in the USA.

April 2007: The first organizing meeting with 22 attendees.  
October 2007: The Branch became official.  
February 2008: Branch volunteers hosted their first LEED workshop, which drew a whopping 96 attendees ... and the rest is history!
The growth of volunteers and interest in green building in the Treasure Coast region allowed the Chapter to break the TC and PB Branch into two separate entities in 2010.  

Palm Beach Branch Past Chairs

Anyone who has served in the chief executive officer role of a business or volunteer organization appreciates the commitment of time that is put in to figuratively steer the ship safely into port. To that end, it's with thanks that we note the outstanding contributions of the past Chairs of the Palm Beach Branch:

Kyle Abney -- 2007-2008
Robert Cannellos -- 2008-2009
John Szerdi -- 2009-2010
Missy Strauss -- 2010-2011
Jonathan Burgess -- 2011-2012
Robin Blakeman -- 2012-2014


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