Community sustainability projects at Convergence

Cindy Zork
Published on: 
Friday, May 13, 2016

Since 2014 in Detroit, USGBC has worked with the community hosting our annual Convergence conference to leave a lasting impact through a series of Community Sustainability Projects. These projects pair green building experts attending the conference with local community-based organizations, guiding the local groups along a path to sustainable leadership. 

Using the ADVANCE framework for community partnership, projects range from ecosystem cleanup to hands-on energy audits to in-depth sustainability planning. At this year’s Convergence in Jacksonville, Fl., projects will take place in the morning of Thursday, June 23. Want to lend your expertise? Sign up for Convergence today. 

Downtown Biodiversity Corridor Cleanup

Volunteers will clean up a section of a vital lifeline creek running through a major portion of downtown Jacksonville. The Hogan’s Creek Greenway is in proximity to an existing S-Line Rail Trail, and improvement of access to this urban greenway is a flagship project identified in the Groundwork Jacksonville Feasibility Study

Beach Cleanup

Volunteers will travel to one of Florida’s beautiful beaches and assist with debris removal to prevent damage to local ecosystems and wildlife, especially sea turtles. 

KickSTART Workshops for Local Nonprofits and Businesses

In partnership with the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund and Visit Jacksonville, volunteers will join area nonprofits and businesses at KickSTART community sustainability workshops. KickSTART is an interactive exercise that helps organizations determine which leaders, decision makers, data and resources are needed to move their sustainability aspirations forward—and how to gain support. 

PLANBuilder for Local Nonprofits

Building off energy audits supported by the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund, volunteers will work with area nonprofits to build comprehensive sustainability plans through the PLANBuilder workshop. At the PLANBuilder, each organization will be paired with volunteers to identify clear performance goals and specific strategies to implement next steps.  

Green Veterans Day of Service

Volunteers will join the emerging Green Veterans Group of Northeast Florida to help facilitate an energy efficiency and wellness audit of a veteran’s facility in Jacksonville. This work will set the foundation for ongoing efforts to grow the Green Veterans movement in Florida. 

ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Jam with City of Jacksonville

Volunteers will help the City of Jacksonville work toward Energy Star certification for several of its buildings in a fun, intensive data jam. Volunteers will assist with entry of energy and water data to build a baseline of data for the city. 

Learn Your Acronyms Alongside Elementary Students: LEED v4 EBOM + a Montessori School

Volunteers will travel to a local Montessori School and help teachers and students tackle the waste and energy audit credits in LEED v4 for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance in an open, experiential and interactive manner. This project is part of an ongoing transparent, learning partnership with a child’s place Montessori School and the USGBC Florida Northeast Region to widely share the policies, procedures and lessons learned on a LEED v4 EBOM school project with the community, professionals and other schools in Florida.