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With nearly 30 years of experience as a sustainability, performance green building professional and educator, I possess a broad set of skills and expertise. As a passionate leader and advocate of high-performance, sustainable built environments, integrative process facilitation, and third-party certifications I have an established history of dedicated passion towards creating resilient, sustainable built environments. 

I possess knowledge and expertise with an array of rating systems, environmentally preferable materials, policy and program authoring and implementation, green building education, and project management.

I provide the leadership and consulting to developers, stakeholders, design, construction and operation professionals to streamline third-party certifications, meet sustainability goals, integrate best management practices and meet certification requirements. With a focus is on the integrative process and triple bottom line I work with teams to understand how implementation is economically viable and improves profitability. Experienced with a wide range of building types, I am proficient with bringing know-how to stakeholders, design, construction, and operations teams on new and existing resilient, sustainable, high-performance buildings, campuses, and neighborhoods.

Resume - About

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Sustainability - Resiliency Green Building Professional - Consultant - Project Manager – Educator

Introduction: I have spent nearly 30 years working to influence our culture towards becoming sustainable, resilient, and regenerative. As a professional I’ve worked with an array of third-party rating systems to give the confidence to work with virtually any of the numerous and evolving systems in use internationally. I possess a wide breadth of knowledge and skill-sets to guide individuals and teams towards deep-green sustainability measures, strategies, and programs.

 

Professional Experience

EcoPreserve, LLC
Sarasota – Orlando, Florida 
2015 – Present
 

Sustainability - Performance Green Building Consultant - Senior Project Manager - Educator - Mentor
 

Roles: Project Design Consultant, Senior Project Manager, Third Party Certification Administrator, In-the-Field Construction Certification Oversight. 

LEED and Florida Green Building Coalition Homes Consultant. Integrative Process and Charrette Facilitation. Project Administration. Specifications review. LEED Online management. Green Building and Rating System Educator. Business Development Proposal authoring. Junior Staff Mentor.

Project Participation: Schematic Design through Certification and/or Construction Oversight: 500 Town Park Orlando, FL LEED CS Silver certified. Northrop Grumman – Jacobs Buildings 230, 232 Melbourne, FL (Construction Oversight) LEED NC Silver certified. Senior Project Manager Greater Orlando International Airport Expansion, South Terminal C LEED NC Silver pursuit. Jacksonville Transportation AuthorityInner City Bus Terminal (Construction Oversight) LEED NC Silver certified, Jacksonville Transportation Authority Administration Building (Construction Oversight) LEED NC Silver pursuit, Lockheed Martin Missile Fire and Control Offices LEED ID+C Silver Pursuit Orlando, FL, Grand Ave Community Center and Classroom Building LEED NC Silver pursuit, Orlando, FL.

 

Emerald Built Environments 
Sarasota, Florida – Cleveland, OH

June 2014 - March 2018

Sustainability - Performance Green Building Consultant - Senior Project Manager
 

Roles: Consultant, Senior Project Manager, Administrator for LEED and Enterprise Green Communities Certification oversight, integrative process and charrette facilitation. Project administration, coordination, and speaking professional. LEED Online oversight and management. Green Building and Rating System Education. Specifications review. Creating and providing business development, education and marketing presentations. Existing building policy authoring. 

Document Authoring: Owner Program Requirements. Sustainability policies and procedures for purchasing, waste management, green cleaning, hardscape - building exterior maintenance, integrated pest management, facility alterations, and tenant space design and construction. Surveys for thermal and occupant comfort verification and alternative transportation. Specifications authoring and review. Specifications for third-party certification.

Project Participation: Schematic Design through Certification and/or Construction Oversight: Cleveland Clinic Cancer Building LEED HC, Cedar Extension LEED ND, NC & Enterprise Green Communities, Uptown II Apartments LEED NC Silver certified. Emerald Alliance VIII LEED for Homes Gold certified. Ohio University Schoonover Center Phase II LEED CI Gold certified. Bowling Green State University Student Center LEED CI - Certified and Hanna Hall LEED NC Silver pursuit. Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus Center LEED NC Silver pursuit and Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Center Western Campus LEED NC Silver pursuit. Forest City Headquarters – Key Tower LEED CI Silverpursuit. OAC Construction – Port of Miami Terminal E (Construction Oversight), LEED CI Silver certified. Ohio State University – Lima Student Center LEED NC Gold certified. Wilmington College, Kettering Science Building LEED NC Gold pursuit. Heritage View IVEnterprise Green Communities certified.

Guernsey Architects Engineers and Consultants
Oklahoma City, OK 
2010 – 2014

Sustainability - Performance Green Building Consultant ◊Senior Project Manager ◊Educator
 

Full-time Performance Green Building Professional. Guernsey is a 150 employee firm that provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, MEP – HVAC – Civil – Structural – Fire Protection engineering, commissioning, master planning, RFP authoring, and sustainability services for the federal government and private sectors. 

 

Roles: Initiated, lead, oversaw, managed sustainability, performance green building projects: LEED Consulting, Administration – Coordination, LEED Online Management, Integrative Process Facilitation, Strategy Development, Product/Material Sourcing Consulting, and Education.RFP review and RFI development. Established and lead company ‘Sustainability Green Team’ developing and implementing measures and programs for the company-owned 90,000 sf building, pursuing of LEED EBOM certification. Authored RFPs and oversaw implementation of company Green Cleaning and Recycling programs. 
Sustainability Policy Authoring: Authored company sustainable business policies for purchasing, green cleaning, and waste management. 

 

Project Participation: Camp Lejeune – Devil Dog Battalion Aid Station LEED NC Gold certified and Applied Field Training Center LEED NC Silver certified Jacksonville, NC. Windsor Locks Readiness Center LEED NC Silver certified Hartford, CT, Sugar Grove Fire and Police Centers LEED NC Silver Certified, Sugar Grove, WV.  Starship 6050 – LEED Silver Equivalent USACE Self Certified Ft. Sill, OK. Ft. Bragg Stadium - LEED Silver Equivalent USACE Self Certified Ft. Bragg, NC.

 
Green Building Florida
Hollywood - Sarasota, Florida  
2006 – 2010 / 2015 - Present
 

Performance Green Building Consultant - Project Manager - Speaking Professional


 

Roles: Owner/Principal providing expert consulting services to architects, engineers, stakeholders, developers, municipalities, higher education and residential for sustainability, performance green building and third-party certification. Integrative process facilitation. Support, leadership and policy authoring for LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification. Sustainability, performance green building presenter and speaking professional.

 

 

Project Consultant and Project Manager:Schematic Design through Certification: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School LEED for Schools Gold Certified, Miami, FL. LEED Bay Harbor Residence, LEED for Homes Silver, Florida Green Building Coalition Gold, Energy Star for homes certified Miami, FL.  2020 Alton Road - Net Zero Residence LEED for Homes Platinum certified, Miami Beach, FL. 620 Ocean Drive Residence, LEED for Homes Silver certified, Florida Green Building Coalition Gold certified, Energy Star for Homes, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods certified, Palm Beach, Fl. 

 
The Spinnaker Group 
Weston, FL
2006 – 2008
 

Performance Green Building   -    Sustainability  - Support Specialist
 

Provided crucial support to senior management in the areas of performance green building, LEED certification, marketing and business development. Developed presentations and co-led charrette events, education for clients, municipal leaders and stakeholders. 
 

Synergy Cohousing
Delray Beach, FL  
1994 – 2000
 

Founder - Principal - Design Management - Codeveloper
 

Cohousing sustainable intentional neighborhood development consisting of 36 clustered homes.  Inception through schematic design. Roles: Stakeholder recruitment, marketing, site – architecture – sustainability oversight, discipline hiring, integrative design organization, design/material/product research, weekly meeting facilitation, policy development. 
 

Rating System Technical Proficiency

 

Extensive Experience: Site Selection through occupancy. Roles include: Project management, consultant, educator, integrative process facilitator, and administrator: 

 

  • LEED BD+C: 

  • NC, CS, Schools

  • ID+C 

  • Homes 

  • Existing Buildings

  • Healthcare 

  • Enterprise Green Communities 

  • Florida Green Building Coalition 

 

 

Thorough technical knowledge providing leadership, education, consultation, project management, and facilitation of the integrative process to individuals and project teams towards successful, exemplary strategy development and certification. Guidance for credit/feature/petal for:

 

  • WELL 

  • Living Building Challenge

  • LEED ND Plan – Built

  • Parksmart

  • SITES

 

Education
  • Master of Science:  Systems, Cybernetics – Behavior: Nova Southeastern University

  • Bachelor of Arts: Communications: Temple University

  • Associates of Science: Marine Studies 

 

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Green Building & Sustainability: Leadership, Education and Advocacy

Instructor – Educator LEED Accreditation Preparation Workshops

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, OK 2011 – 2013
 

Contracted through Oklahoma State University to create curriculum and lead monthly 16-hour workshops with a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The goal was to expand sustainability expertise regionally. Provided the education necessary for individuals to successfully pass LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) Prometric examinations.

 

Volunteer Advocacy Leadership
  • U.S. Green Building Council Oklahoma Chapter, Vice Chair 2011 - 2013

Serving in chapter leadership position as mentor, educator, manager and sustainability advocate for NGO, Government, Profit and non-Profit companies and organizations.  Involved in ongoing chapter events, activities, advocacy, education, and programs. Shared management of board and executive committee monthly and annual meetings and events. Supported annual 'Spring Forum' expo and conference with 500 average attendees coming from the public and private sectors.

  • Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Content Expert

USGBC Headquarters: 2009, Dallas, TX: 2011 As an in the field expert with LEED for Homes, assisted GBCI/Prometric with accreditation exam item development. 

  • USGBC Florida Chapter – Residential Green Building Advocate (RGBA)2009 – 2010 

Served as mentor, educator, advocate for Broward County Branch with respect to LEED for Homes and other residential green building rating systems for new and existing residential built environments. Served as expert educator for the LEED for Homes rating system and Florida Green Building Coalition Green Home rating system.

  • City of Hollywood Green Team Advisory Board, Vice Chair 2007 – 2008 

Served as advisor to the City of Hollywood, Florida for sustainability programs, strategies and measures for implementation. Introduced the City to the Florida Green Building Coalition's 'Local Green Government' certification and process achieving FGBC Local Green Government Bronze Certification, July 2012. 
 

Event - Conference - Seminar - Workshop Educator - Speaking Professional (Brief)
  • AIA Ohio Leadership Awards – Sustainability, Green Building Presentation – Toledo, OH

  • U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter, Residential Summit, Davie, FL

  • U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter, Multiple Residential Green Building Events -  Presentations for chapter/branch meetings and events.

  • U.S. Green Building Council Oklahoma Chapter, Spring Forum, Tulsa, OK

  • Green Building Conference and Expo, Oklahoma City, OK

  • City of Oklahoma City (Multiple Events) LEED Core Concepts, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Congress for the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), Phoenix, AZ

  • Army Corp of Engineers – Society of American Military Engineers, Ft. Sill, OK

  • Oklahoma Society of Engineers, Oklahoma City, OK 

Green Building Education Video and Website Director - Producer
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Developer for professionally crafted green building education websites and video presentations: Project Marketing, Green Building Education and LEED Innovation Credit Point

Green Building Making Sense: GreenBuild Film Festival 2014

Achievements
Awards
  • Environmental Leadership Award 2008- Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects 
     

 
Project Awards
 
  • Residential Project of the Year 2013

  • 2020 Alton Road – LEED Platinum – Net Zero Residence – USGBC South Florida Chapter

  • K-12 Project of the Year 2012 

  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School – LEED Gold – USGBC South Florida Chapter 

 

Software Proficiencies

MS Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop - Acrobat Pro - InDesign - Creative Suite, Apple Final Cut Pro 7-X, Motion, Compressor, Keynote

 

GARY SHLIFER M.S. LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Homes

 

 

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