As an active volunteer for the USGBC Long Island Chapter since 2005 I have served as Chair to the Emerging Green Builders Committee and currently serve as the Chair of the Residential Green Building Committee.
As a chapter member I have participated in various programs as both panel member and moderator.
Residential Green Building Committee (RGBC)
As Chair of the RGBC there have been a number of projects started and completed. These include the items below:
Attainable Long Island Design Competition
Competition for an affordable LEED certified home in the town of Babylon. Attainable Long Island was formed as a partnership between USGBC-LI, United Way Long Island, the Town of Babylon, and the Long Island Power Authority.
I served as the Technical Committee Chair.
LEED for Homes User Guide
An online LEED for Homes guide intended to assist designers, builders, and homeowners through the LEED for Homes process. The wiki format hopes to bring in ideas, thoughts, and tips from across the industry.
Worked with the USGBC-LI to advocate for LEED and green buildings by speaking with town boards and committees to educate them on the requirements, costs, and benefits of LEED Certification.
LEED for Homes
While chair of the RGBC the committee worked with local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity and United Way to work toward LEED for Homes certification for various projects demonstrating LEED for Homes is achievable in the affordable market.
As Chair of the RGBC I reviewed and selected LEED certified homes to be showcased as case studies. These project profiles highlight strategies used by homes, on Long Island, to achieve different levels of certification and serve to demonstrate what can be done in the local market.
As the Residential Green Building Committee Chair I have helped develop meaningful partnerships with other not-for-profit organizations on Long Island including Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Long Island. Additionally I have organized meetings with Long Island Realtors to discuss what can be done to expand green home awareness.