Advocacy & Government Education Committee Chair and Governance Committee Chair
Don is the President of the Gainesville Market at Capital City Bank. His interested include energy efficient housing/commercial building upgrades and renewable energy production. Don has a dual role with the USGBC as the Advocacy & Government Education Committee Chair and the Governance Committee chair for the USGBC Heart of Florida Chapter. He also promotes his interest through other activities including Director of Florida Alliance For Renewable Energy and Sunshine State Interfaith Power & Light. Don serves as a board member of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. Don is also quite a history buff and promotes a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet.
Advocacy & Government Education Committee Purpose
The Advocacy Committee promotes green building, renewable energy and sustainability initiatives within public policy, encouraging local, State and Federal governments to adopt sustainable design and development through regulation, program incentives, and green projects. The Committee strives to ensure that the Chapter is viewed as the local authority on green building, thereby promoting the USGBC LEED rating system for all construction projects. It also strives to leverage the resources and influence of the USGBC to educate and advocate for State and local government regulatory authorities to adopt sustainable building principles, policies and programs. Participants help expand the Chapter's partnerships with the general public and local municipalities, and work to identify and overcome barriers to green building that may currently exist in local building standards.
Governance Committee Purpose
The Governance Committee reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Executive Committee. The committee ensures the constant health and effectiveness of the full Board and the work it performs for USGBC. The committee is responsible for overseeing and supporting the performance of the Board, and managing compliance with the organization’s mission.