US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Inc.
8810 Crosswood Court
Riverview FL 33578
The mission of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmentally friendly knowledge and values as they pertain to the built environment and its relationship and impact on nature and human kind.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lee Cooke
Board Chair Ms. Lacey Willard
Board Chair Affiliation CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2006
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2014
State Registration Yes July 2014
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $73,000.00
Projected Expenses $78,200.00
Impact Statement
The Gulf Coast Chapter achieves work on a local and regional basis. The following include a combination of local and regional activities:
1.Chapter Budget. Substantial re-work of chapter revenue and expenses categories to produce more insightful reports. Re-alignment of expenses in accordance with projected revenue tightening.
2.ED review. Develop and implement structured anonymous review of executive director’s performance in accordance with job description and goals
3.Membership. Re-work membership categories and fees in accordance with organizational policies and market analysis
4.May 2013: Sustainable Shindig. One day festival bringing together not-for-profit community partners and business sponsors in support of sustainable education, networking and fun
5. September 2013: Green Apple Day of Service. Collaboration with school district and allied organizations in support of healthy, green schools. Two school garden projects in Tampa and Sarasota were built.
1. Chapters Merger. The seven chapters in the Florida-Caribbean region are working toward merging into a single organization with a unifying vision and mission in support of sustainability of the built environment.
2. Collaboration. Programs and events will continue to be produced with a clear focus on relevance of subject matter to key target audiences, and in cooperation with sympathetic partnering organizations.
3. Education. Our core educational mission will continue to include green home-related programming for the "general public"; technical knowledge development and credentialing maintenance for green building professionals; tours and presentations of LEED-certified facilities in the region.
4. Collaboration. We will continue to foster productive relationships with sympathetic organizations including the 1st AIA Canstruction event in March; school garden development in cooperation with Slow Food in September; educational networking at Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.
Needs Statement
1.Revenue. Diversify sources. Increase annual revenue 20% between FY 2012 and 2014.
2.Membership. Stabilize declining membership. Improve member acquisition and retention program.
3.Leadership. Identify and cultivate potential committee chairs and Board members within the organization.
4.Collaboration. Identify and improve relationships with organizations sympathetic to our Vision and Mission.
5.Human Capital. Provide financial support to ED and Board Members to attend workshops and improve knowledge and skills
Background Statement
The U.S. Green Building Council was chartered in 1993 in an effort address the impacts of the building industry on the natural environment, economy, health and productivity.  From the outset, the USGBC has acted with broad representation across the industry and has encouraged inclusion, leadership, and education. This consensus- based group of building professionals has fulfilled this need, becoming the center for action on environmental issues facing the industry's multiple interests.

Members of the U.S. Green Building Council in the Gulf Coast region of Florida have joined together to establish a firm foundation of support for promoting and encouraging environmentally sound practices. This geographical region is experiencing a multi-year boom in construction and population growth emphasizing the need for a local Chapter of the USGBC.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments Our Chapter territory extends over 250 miles, from Citrus County in the north to Collier County in the south. Our Chapter executive committee and board is comprised of Chapter members living and working in various regions of our Chapter territory.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Mutual & Membership Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I am continually encouraged by the enthusiasm and passion that members of this organization bring to the pursuit of our mission. Our guiding principle shining through every program, event, and ceremony is the triple bottom line: environmental, social and economic prosperity. I am inspired by the collaboration among our members who are experts from these three seemingly clashing disciplines, and the results are phenomenal.

We have accomplished an outdoor classroom complete with a butterfly garden for elementary school children; a scholarship in the namesake of our founder for emerging professionals who will take our mission to the next generation; a conference showcasing innovations changing the marketplace; participation in student design competitions that result in the construction of sustainable affordable replicable housing in hurricane torn areas; recognition of firms whose commitment to sustainability extends to employee recruitment, space use, product purchasing, waste streams, and public branding; and the list goes on.

Our organization’s tagline has always been “We will work together with others. We will lead by example.” We hope to work with and partner with you to continue to accomplish these results here in Sarasota County. We hope to lead by example, together with you.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Organizing Group (USGBC-FGC) wants to create a positive impact on the region's built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. We endeavor to move the green building industry forward with market-based solutions. The Chapter's membership is open and balanced and will be comprised of leaders and visionaries from all segments of the building industry, including product manufacturers, environmental organizations, building owners, building professionals, utilities, city government, research institutions, professional societies and universities. This type of representation provides a unique, integrated platform.
In cooperation with the USGBC national's Center for Green Schools, the Green Schools committees within the Gulf Coast Chapter partner with local school districts to improve sustainable performance of school facilities.
Sustainability has become a critical facility management goal for the Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Polk County school districts. The Certification program leverages our network of green building professionals within the organization to serve the interests of our partners in surrounding school districts. The USGBC Chapter has cooperated with them in following activities since 2009:
1. Successfully led and implemented LEED Operation and Maintenance Certification project for Marlowe Elementary in Pasco County.
2. Organized and hosted all-day LEED charettes for Polk, Manatee and Sarasota County school districts in 2011
3. Conducted facility audit of plumbing, mechanical and lighting systems at Alta Vista Elementary in Polk County in 2012.
Budget $2,500
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Marlowe Elementary in Pinellas County achieved LEED Silver certification within the Operation and Maintenance system, as a result of the Chapter's efforts.
Long Term Success The Chapter will identify and provide resources to certify one public Title 1 school for LEED Operation and Maintenance every 2 years.
Program Success Monitoring Chapter Board of Directors
Program Success Examples Marlowe Elementary in Pinellas County achieved LEED Silver certification within the Operation and Maintenance system, as a result of the Chapter's efforts.
In cooperation with the USGBC national's Center for Green Schools, the Green Schools committees within the Gulf Coast Chapter partner with community organizations and school districts to facilitate school garden projects.
School Gardens are a growing and maturing institution throughout the US, including the Chapter area. The School Garden program leverages our network of material suppliers, equipment installers, and professionals within the organization to facilitate new and existing school garden projects. The USGBC Chapter has cooperated in following activities:
1. Gocio Elementary School in Sarasota, 2012, in partnership with Slow Food Sarasota, Sarasota Master Gardeners, and IFAS. Enhancements to existing garden facilities through installation of an automated micro-irrigation system, mulch ground cover, and raised bed gardens. Plant materials are selected based upon a edible permaculture garden concept, with some inclusion of Florida Friendly species.
2.  Muller Elementary Magnet School in Tampa, 2012. School garden project.
Budget $3,500
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The Gocio Elementary School Garden is up and growing! A dedicated volunteer from the Master Gardeners tends to the garden each week, and a group of children are actively engaged in maintaining and harvesting fresh produce from the garden.
Long Term Success The Green Schools Committees will implement 1 - 2 garden projects each year, in conjunction with the Center for Green Schools Green Apple Day of Service.
Program Success Monitoring Chapter Board of Directors
Program Success Examples The Gocio Elementary School Garden is up and growing! A dedicated volunteer from the Master Gardeners tends to the garden each week, and a group of children are actively engaged in maintaining and harvesting fresh produce from the garden.
Program Comments by Organization The Mission of the USGBC Center for Green Schools is to create Green Schools for everyone within this generation.

Approximately 25 percent of Americans go to school or college every day as students, teachers, staff, faculty and administrators.

The Center for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play. We believe that everyone, from the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, should have the ability to learn in green buildings.

When you look at our schools today, you see outdated buildings in need of repairs, burdened with unsafe toxins, dwindling budgets and outdated resources - in place of opportunity and progress. By promoting the design and construction of green schools, and by greening the operations and maintenance of existing schools, we can make a tremendous impact on student health, school operational costs and the environment.

The Center works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments.

High-performing schools result in high-performing students, and green schools go far beyond bricks and mortar. We see an opportunity to educate a new generation of leaders – sustainability natives – capable of driving global market transformation.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lee Cooke
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Colleen Mackin July 2005 -
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 60
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lacey Willard
Company Affiliation CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
Board Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Sandy Ballestra Main Street Capital
Mr. Joshua Bomstein Creative Contractors
Mr. Michael Carlson Carlson Studio Architecture
Ms. Julia Galofre Charlotte County - Building and Growth Management
Mr. Robert Ingham Gregory, Sharer & Stuart
Mr. Raymond Kaiser Stewart Engineering
Mr. Taylor Ralph REAL Building
Mr. Christopher Ressler Studio Plus Architecture
Mr. Judah Rubin PRO-JECT International
Mr. Judah Rubin Pro-Ject International
Mr. Ross Russo Jon. F Swfit Inc.
Mr. Tony Stefan Antony Stefan Architect, PLLC
Mr. Chris Walczak Wright Construction
Mr. Kent Walling Taylor Mathis
Ms. Lacey H. Willard CBRE, Inc.
Mr. Sean Williams OT9 Design
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 13
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 79
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 90
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Student Affairs
Governance Comments by Organization I don't think anyone could find a finer group of individuals than those on the FGCC board. We are a relatively young organization but we have been blessed with a solid group of people who have a passion for how we are treating our natural resources and are committed to the transformation of the built world. Economics slowed the organization and we lost many fine individuals and companies to the crash of the building boom.    
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2014
Projected Revenue $73,000.00
Projected Expenses $78,200.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$26,921$47,619$51,947
Administration Expense$19,474$33,018$36,530
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.080.820.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%59%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$61,201$57,554$71,961
Current Assets$61,201$57,054$71,961
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,130$2,130$2,130
Total Net Assets$59,071$55,424$69,831
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $34,261Contributions, gifts, grants $42,885Contributions, gifts, grants $46,952
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $15,125Program Service Revenue $23,032Program Service Revenue $23,989
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $44Other $245Other $651
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.7326.7933.78
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Inc.
Address 8810 Crosswood Court
Riverview, FL
Phone 727 372-3814