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....
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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
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.
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