The Keys Branch is our Chapter's newest Branch, officially becoming a "provisional" Branch in May 2011. Still in its formative stages, the Keys Branch generally hosts educational programs on a quarterly basis. Check the Chapter's calendar of events for specific dates, or sign up for membership in the Chapter and receive notice of upcoming programs (in all Branches). The Keys Branch will generally begin their sessions with GREENworking at 5:30pm and moving on to an educational presentation starting at 6:30pm. Meeting locations and times are subject to change.
The Chair of the Keys Branch is Ada Truesdell (right). The Branch's current standing committees and Chairs are as follows:
The Branch Governing Council includes the standing committee Chairs (listed above) and the following Officers:
The Branch's leadership team and committee make-up is comprised entirely of volunteers. Thanks solely to these unselfish individuals' dedication, passion, expertise and, very often, long hours of volunteerism, the Keys Branch is making terrific inroads in spreading the good word about green-building initiatives. If you are interested in learning about sustainability and green building, and if you value camaraderie, teamwork and fun, email Ada Truesdell and have a discussion about volunteering for our Branch. You won't regret it!
History of Our Branch
The former Miami-Dade and the Keys Branch became a "provisional" Branch of the USGBC South Florida Chapter in May 2011. During the prior two years, it became evident that the Keys' interest in green-building education and sustainability was growing expotentially, and that commutes north to the Miami region for programs were becoming less convenient for interested individuals. The notion of breaking the existing Branch into two distinct, organized bodies gained support during this time period.
In the Fall of 2010, the Branch Governing Council of the MDK Branch held meetings designed to sketch out a game plan to create a leadership group for a separate Keys Branch. Over the course of the following months, myriad training sessions took place and a solid base of support to manage a Branch south of Miami began to emerge.
With an ever-increasing number of members in Monroe County, as well as a solid leadership group, the Chapter's Board of Directors will consider moving the Keys group to full Branch status in the Fall of 2013.