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

08 Jun 2016 7:30 AM (EDT) • Varies depending on which webcast — Check specific webcast
21 Jun 2016 (EDT) • Jacksonville, Florida
29 Oct 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Hilton West Palm Beach
30 Nov 2016 (EST) • Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale

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.

Special Honoree

At the January Palm Beach program, retiring volunteer Linda Smithe was honored with the first USGBC South Florida Chapter President's Award for her exceptional, longstanding contributions to the Chapter, the Palm Beach Branch and the community. Robin Blakeman presented Linda with a beautifully engraved crystal momento. CONGRATULATIONS, LINDA!


Green Gossip...

 Can you imagine riding up and down in an elevator or escalator powered by rooftop solar panels allowing its energy to be stored in batteries, in case of a power outage? You really can now travel vertically even if the power is out! First, Spain is on this, we will be next in the US market... Details in 2015....


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


Volunteers of the Month

Our Palm Beach Branch started giving these shout-outs to the best of the best of our volunteers last year.  All of our volunteers shine, but the folks listed below have received special attaboys and attagirls in 2013 and 2014.  If you know these dedicated volunteers, please drop them a THANKS note.  If you would like to nominate a Palm Beach Branch volunteer for this special recognition, contact Robin Blakeman.
January 2013 -- Linda Smithe
February 2013 -- Judith Bradley
March 2013 -- Mark Stempler
April 2013 -- Debbie Light
May 2013 -- Linda Smithe
June 2013 -- Mark Stempler
July 2013 - Angela Budano
August 2013 - PB Branch Leadership team
September 2013- Julie DeMore
October 2013 - Frisner "JP" Jean Pierre
November 2013 - Linda Smithe

January 2014 -- Jonathan Jadunandan

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


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