Workshop Speaker Bios
Julio J. Barroso is the Communication/Marketing Coordinator for Keys Energy Services (KEYS) and has been with the company since 2003. He is responsible for coordinating communication and marketing strategies for over 28,000 KEYS’ customers and overseeing internal communications of over 150 KEYS’ employees. He is a graduate of the University of Miami (BSC ’03) where he double-majored in Public Relations and International Studies, and minored in Marketing. He serves on the Tree Commission for the City of Key West and holds positions on the Boards of Wesley House Family Services and the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.
Julio J. Barosso will present: Go Green and Save for Renters
Unlike homeowners, renters can't replace air conditioners or plant trees or paint their homes light colors to save on energy. However, there are still many other ways someone who rents can reduce their energy consumption and practice conservation. Among them are replacing light bulbs, shading windows, using timers, eliminating ghost loads, installing and setting thermostats, turning off computers and peripherals when not in use, buying Energy Star electronics, turning off fans when not in the room, asking the landlord to replace old appliances with Energy Star rated ones, and more.
Dennis Bischof has an extensive and diverse background and education in mechanical design, drafting, machine processes and mechanical engineering. He has expertise in machine design, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical control circuitry, automotive mechanics and electrical design. His engineering and design experience comes from working in the research development department of the Georgia Pacific Corp., designing equipment for handling radioactive material for GE Nuclear and for ten years, was responsible for the design and construction of hundreds of custom machines for a diverse range of industries like GTE, Corning, Shape and Raytheon while running his own company, Marsh Stream Enterprise.
Dennis Bischof will participate in: Green Transportation Panel Discussion
Five speakers who will make the case for their type of alternative propulsion. Among the panelists are proponents of electric cars, a new rotary air motor, biodiesel, hybrids and a quick-charge solar-powered vehicles. A 20-minute question-and-answer period will follow the presentations by the panelists.
Josh has taught math and science for 10 years and with strong community support started the Alternative Energy Center at Key West High. Currently, it is a senior level class where the students learn about emerging green technologies, with a strong focus on biodiesel. We have a 175 gallon processor, two fuel tanks, an '85 Mercedes, and we are contracted with the district to produce 1,000 gallons of biodiesel.
We are the leading secondary school in the state of Florida in Alternative Energy, and we setting up statewide guidelines for other schools in the state. Our program has become a model for other districts to explore alternative energy.
We have a long term vision of becoming the greenest school district in the nation, where we transform the $2M in annual energy costs into an energy infrastructure that provides green collar jobs and opportunity for innovation.
Marsha Clifton graduated from the University of Florida in 1965 with a BSBA in Business Administration. She has extensive work experience in Construction Management on all size jobs. She has been Construction Industry Continuing Education provider since 1998, instructing in business, contracts, workman’s compensation, new materials, and other aspects of the industry. She has been a licensed General Contractor since 1984 and a Roofing Contractor since 1985. Her recent professional training includes SBCC Building Inspector, Environmental Site Assessment (Georgia Tech), Minimum Design Loads for Buildings from American Society of Civil Engineers, Building Techniques with Insulated Concrete Forms with Polysteel and Building Techniques with Insulated Concrete Forms with ECO Block.
Marsha Clifton will present: Laws, Rules and Contracts
Laws, Rules and Contracts, is required knowledge for all contractors, Division 1 and Division 2, both certified and registered, to operate in a lawful manner. This course provides practical applications of the following laws in Construction Contracts. The laws include: Chapter 489 Construction Contracting, 440 Workman’s Compensation, 713 Lien Law and required Workplace Safety.
John Del Mar is a Senior Solar Research Engineer with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa, Fl. Mr. Del Mar’s is currently working on solar hot water system certifications and thermal modeling, and is involved in projects with the Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) and Solar America Cities. Mr. Del Mar also contributes to the photovoltaic (solar electric) and solar hot water workshops at FSEC.
John Del Mar will present: : Selecting a Solar Water Heating System
This workshop will introduce consumers to solar water heating systems. The presented material will cover several of the options available for solar water heating, and discuss the considerations associated with each system type. Emphasis will be placed on residential systems appropriate for South Florida.
Leda Dunmire is a senior associate with the Pew Environment Group's Ending Overfishing in the Southeast campaign. Prior to working for PEG, she was Executive Director of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, FL and Dive Outreach Coordinator for the National Environmental Trust in Washington, DC. Leda holds an MBA and a Masters in global environmental policy from American University and was the 2005 recipient of the Dolores Fisher award for marine conservation. She lives in Key Largo.
Leda Dunmire will present: Go Fish! Sustainable Fishing Today for Healthier Fisheries Tomorrow
Chronic overfishing threatens fish and human communities throughout the southeastern U.S. In this session, learn how some fisheries have gotten to the state they're in, solutions to the problem and ways you can get involved. Fishermen, seafood lovers, fish nerds and others who want healthy oceans, this one's for you.
Mirine Dye, MPH, received her Master in Public Health in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Florida International University and is a long time vegetarian and local mom of 2 green kids. Mirine has been a childbirth and parenting educator for over 10 years and teaches ways parents can help those new little feet walk lightly on the Earth! On behalf of the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, Mirine will share ideas and some hands on learning for those interested in Green Parenting (or grand parenting!) to improve the health of the planet and the family.
Mirine Dye will present: "Green Parenting"
Kim is the Environmental Horticulture agent for the UF/IFAS/Monroe County Extension. She has been with the Extension Service for 7 years. As the Environmental Horticulture agent, she answers horticultural questions for homeowners, commercial landscapers and retail nurseries, and governmental agencies. She is the Master Gardener coordinator; a group of trained horticulture volunteers who help answer homeowners horticulture questions with Florida Keys environmentally friendly landscape tips based on the University of Florida researched based information. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.Sc. in International Agricultural Extension. ?
Kim Gabel Environmental Horticultural Agent
The Historic Gato Cigar Factory?UF/IFAS/Monroe County Extension
1100 Simonton Street, Suite 2-260?Key West, Florida 33040?Office (305) 292-4501
Fax (305) 292-4415
Kim Gabel will present: Composting to Resuce Waste & Improve Your Garden
Tom Genovese is the Director of the South Florida Water Management District’s Florida Keys Service Center. He serves as a liaison between the Keys community and the District and is a resource for those seeking to improve their water management capabilities. Tom joined the District in 2001 as Director of its Orlando Service Center. He has over 30 years of experience working at the interface of the public and private sectors on water and related issues in south and central Florida.
Tom Genovese will present: Cut Your Water Costs Today
Representatives of the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority will provide information, tools and resources to enable you to reduce your water use and your water bills, while helping to extend the life of our water resources. The key is to learn to think like water managers, instead of being merely water users.
Jesse Glickstein grew up attending a reform synagogue in Miami Beach, Florida. He has worked as a youth group counselor, religious school educator, and private tutor in both Florida and New York City. He received a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from New College of Florida, focusing on the study of different cultures, societies, and religions. Jesse spent three years in New York City to work as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx while earning his Master’s degree. FUSE is a result of Jesse's commitment to the teachings of healing the world through social action and a belief in the power of interfaith partnerships.
For more information about FUSE, go to www.fusenow.org
Jesse Glickstein will present: Faith, Fossil Fuels & Clean Energy
Doug Gregory is the Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent and County Extension Director for Monroe County, Florida. The University of Florida/IFAS and Monroe County Board of County Commissioners mutually support the Extension program in Monroe County. Doug is the Chair of GLEE’s Alternative Energy Committee and currently teaches a quarterly Photovoltaic Systems Installation Class in partnership with the Florida Keys Community College. In addition to being self-taught in solar beginning with our first GLEE Expo in 2005, he has completed both the solar hot water and photovoltaic classes of the Florida Solar Energy Center. Doug has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of South Florida, M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from University of Florida and a B.A. in Statistics from the University of Washington. The UF/MC Extension Service is committed to using university based expertise to provide objective community education programs to empower individuals and communities to improve their standard of living (http://monroe.ifas.ufl.edu).
Doug Gregory will present: Solar Photovoltaics for the Homeowner (Is Solar Right for Me?)
The photovoltaic lecture provides the consumer with an overview of the solar industry, how sunlight creates electricity, the importance of energy efficiency and what types of photovoltaic systems are available for the home or business owner. Future solar trends in Florida are reviewed as well as the advantages and disadvantages of photovoltaic systems. The financial and life-style impacts of using solar are also discussed.
Having purchased a previously cleared lot, Mr. Hammerstrom and his wife tried to build a “small environmental footprint” home by using resource-conserving techniques and harvesting solar energy and rainwater. The home is a “hybrid” by virtue of the 2.8 KW photovoltaic system, domestic solar hot water, 7500 gallon rainwater cistern and simultaneous connection to normal water and electric utilities.
Mr. Hammerstrom is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, former Engineering Test Pilot, retired airline Captain, American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) Accredited Professional and husband of GLEE founder Diane Marshall. Married for 27 years, they have lived in San Diego, Northport, New York, and since 1990 in the Florida Keys.
John Hammerstrom will present: Rainwater Harvesting: Cisterns Rainbarrels and Rebates
Attendees will learn of the quantity and quality of available rainwater that falls on our roofs in South Florida and the fundamentals of conservation, collection, delivery, storage, treatment and distribution of harvested rainwater in rainbarrels and cisterns. Attendees will be provided access to the presentation material that includes the author’s best internet resources. In addition, they will learn about the rebates offered for harvesting rainwater offered by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and funded by the South Florida Water Management District.
Billy Kniffen has worked for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University System, 26 years and currently as a Water Resource Specialist with statewide responsibilities. Billy and his wife live in a home in Menard, Texas totally dependant on rainwater for all uses. Billy is currently president of the Texas Rainwater Catchment Association and ARCSA treasurer and professional accreditation coordinator. 10 workshops in 6 states have been held in the last 18 months with close to 700 participants.
Billy Kniffen will present: ARCSA Rainwater Catchment
The ARCSA Professional Accreditation is a 2 day workshop with the first day open as a stand alone workshop as well. The First day will cover passive rainwater collection through the landscape or watershed followed by basic installation of a complete system for outdoor irrigation or indoor non-potable or potable systems, Also hands-on construction and use will be covered. The second day will "get down and dirty" on planning, construction, calculations, sanitation and maintenance of a system.
Mitchell Kunik is the founder and president of Affiniti Architects. Since 1983, his firm has constructed work totalling over $2.5 billion located in the United States, Central America, Caribbean, and Middle East. Affiniti Architects projects have received over 250 design awards, been published often, and are responsible for the design of the first two Gold LEED certified residences in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Mitchell is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED accredited professional, a registered NCARB architect, a certified Florida Green Building Coalition Agent, and past speaker for the National Association of Home Builders and the Urban Land Institute.
Mitchell F. Kunik will present: How A Green Home Makes Good Financial Sense For Homeowners
This course will discuss the financial opportunities and sustainabile goals of energy, materials, resources, indoor air quality, landscaping, and water managment, integral to a “green” process. Examples of these opportunities and goals will be shown in built and proposed residences. Resources for products, costs, government programs will be provided.
Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solutions, Dr. Jennifer Languell is a nationally recognized leader in educating the development and construction industries, as well as homebuyers, about the benefits of green building and sustainable development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a Master’s in Civil Engineering and Construction Management, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Construction.
For almost a decade, Dr. Languell has been one of the country’s preeminent consultants in the creation of healthy, efficient and sustainable projects such as single-family residential homes, commercial and multi-family residential construction, land development and green building education and demonstration centers. She conducts approximately 100 educational trainings, seminars and workshops annually for the building and development industries. As a renowned authority on green building, she regularly appears as a speaker at national and international industry conferences.
In 2008 Dr. Languell won the Urban Land Institute of Southwest Florida’s prestigious Pathfinder Award, symbolic of vision and leadership in sustainability. In 2007, Trifecta received the Small Business Award from the Council for Sustainable Florida, and in 2006 Dr. Languell was named the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Advocate of the Year and also won the Council for Sustainable Florida Leadership Award. Languell is an award-winning author, and has been featured in numerous publications and television programs including: BusinessWeek, CNN Headline News, HGTV, and CNBC’s “Bullseye.” She also stars in the Discovery Channel’s environmental series Discovery Project Earth, and also serves on the National Governors Association Policy Academy on Advanced Energy Strategies for Buildings.
Since founding Trifecta, Dr. Languell has consulted with nearly 50 different businesses and organizations on the subject of green building and sustainability. During this period she has also certified approximately two-thirds of the green homes in the state of Florida using the existing Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Green Home Certification Standards. In addition, she has worked on more than 250,000 square feet of ongoing U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and FGBC commercial projects, and more than 30,000 acres of FGBC Green Development projects.
Dr. Languell also devotes her time to serving on non-profit Boards in the sustainability field. She currently serves as President of the Board of the Florida Green Building Coalition. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional of the United States Green Building Council, and a Certifying Agent with the Florida Green Building Coalition. Dr. Languell and Trifecta are also affiliated with numerous organizations in the environmental, construction and development fields including the National Association of Home Builders, Urban Land Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Department of Energy and Green Globe.
Dr Jennifer Languell wil present: Making the Financial Case for Green Building
Kevin Letize came from the television industry and into the "green construction industry" asking the questions, WHY ?
So far, not a lot of solid questions have been answered other than what's been discovered individually as all of this territory is uncharted waters.
In 2005, Kevin Letize helped develop " The Energy Store " located in Hollywood, Florida; From logo designs to in-store set-up, Kevin Letize started to realize the true potential of smart energy savings.
With the release of the GOFREE SPV 1268 and his other two prototypes, Kevin is now taking his SOLAR SKILLS and applying them to general practice, leading the way for pioneers himself to come up with ALT transportation.
More more info visit: www.e3fla.com
Kevin Letize will present: Green Transportation Discussion Panel
Ms. McGuire-Novak was an UF/IFAS Monroe County Extension Nutrition Agent from 1996-1998. Before moving to the Keys in 1993, she was a long time “food co-oper” in New England and routinely involved in environmental issues of sustainable resources and energy. Among other positions, she was the first Nutritionist for the Western Massachusett’s Food Bank and Food Bank (Organic) Farm. She is currently the Clinical Consultant to Fishermen’s Hospital and the Director of N.E.W. Options of Marathon Florida, a service based organization providing nutrition and wellness education programs. She has sought to balance her education and career between traditional and “alternative” teachings. She holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Home Economics, a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Diabetic Education (CDE). She is a Certified Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. She is currently pursuing a Board Certification Program in Clinical Nutrition (CCN). This program furthers her main interest in the field of nutrition; the study of all issues of nutrition and health relative to wholesome food, organic gardening and other environmental factors impacting our daily lives.
N.E.W. Options, P.O. Box 500458, Marathon, FL 33050-0458 305-743-8741.
Billie McGuire-Novak will present: Live Well, Eat Well
Shawn joined FKEC as a Member Service Representative and worked in that position until being promoted to Member Service Supervisor. Member Service Representatives provide a variety of services including Energy Audits.
Prior to joining the Co-op Shawn worked in Member Service for a cooperative in North Florida. He also has his B.S. in Journalism with a major in Public Relations from the University of Florida.
Shawn resides in Tavernier.
T.J joined FKEC as a member of the Right-of-Way Crew. He later moved into the System Control department and then transferred into Member Service. TJ is now the Member Service Representative for the Marathon office. TJ was a founding member of GLEE and now serves on GLEE's Board of Directors.
TJ previously worked as a Customer Service Manager with American Airlines and gained further customer service experience while working for UPS in Islamorada.
He resides in Marathon with his wife, daughter and son.
Shawn Mulholland and TJ Patterson will present: Reduce Your Energy Bill Today and Go Green and Save for Renters.
John H. Parker is Professor of Environmental Science and Chemistry and Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He Received a B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University California at Berkeley. His research interests focus on ecological landscaping, passive solar cooling, energy and resource conservation, energy policy and environmental education. Dr. Parker received American Forests’ Research Medal for his pioneering studies of energy conservation landscaping as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Board of Regents for his work in the community.
Florida International University
University Park Campus
Department of Environmental Studies & Department of Chemistry
11200 S.W. 8th Street, Room ECS 331
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: (305) 348-3083
Dr John Parker will present: ECOTOURISM: Why It Makes a Difference and Energy-Efficent Air Conditioning
Mr. Ross is President of Eco-$mart, Inc., a supplier of energy and resource efficient construction materials. These materials are approved by the non-profit Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development (www.I4SD.org). Eco-$mart is involved in the design and construction of a number of environmental demonstration projects in Florida, and has inspired many builders and architects to include sustainable construction features in their projects, some of which won energy-efficiency awards. Eco-$mart, Inc. is an EPA ENERGY STAR Homes and Buildings Partner, and an active member in the Florida Green Building Coalition.
Matt Ross will present:Update on Green Building & Renovation Materials
Jody Smith Williams is vice president of Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE). She also serves on the board of directors of Last Stand. In 2008, Jody completed a baseline Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for the City of Key West as part of the city’s commitment to the ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection Campaign. A self described “born again gardener”, Jody is one of the founders of the first GLEE Community Garden in Key West. She holds a degree in Environment, Textiles & Design from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and has done graduate work in Applied Linguistics.
Jody Smith Williams will present: Return of Victory & Community Gardens
· Designed Miami-Dade County AA Biosolids composting process
· Hurricane Andrew mulching project - 1993-95 mulched 4.5 million tons of clean hurricane debris and returned it to agricultural lands, avoiding $90 million in tipping fees, while eliminating pollution from burning
· C.O.W. Project 1994-96 - Biological, chemical & physical enhancement of clean organic waste, in conjunction with University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center and Dade County Solid Waste Department
· Florida Pilot Project Commission - SDSWCD project at Butler Oaks Dairy, Lorida, Florida - Project Manger developing in-vessel composting of cow-manure on-site to remove phosphorus from Okeechobee Watershed
· SDSWCD - 20 years developing composting techniques
· Development of composting program with Whole Foods Markets
William Townshend will present: Don't Throw It Away, Compost It for Restaurants & Landscapers
Ada Truesdell is the accomplished principal of Ambience Design Studio. An award winning, board-certified, licensed Interior Design professional, Ms. Truesdell has a BS degree in Interior Design from Florida International University. Her affiliations include, being a member of the South Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and also a business member of GLEE. She is currently in the process of obtaining her LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation.
Active in the interiors industry since 1975, she served as Director of Design for several prestigious South Florida design firms prior to establishing her own design firm in 1992, Ms. Truesdell was responsible for many projects throughout South Florida and South America.
Ada Truesdell has created an exceptional array of residential interiors. Each unique environment is a reflection of her client’s personality. Contemporary, Transitional, Casual or Coastal are within the range of styles Ambience Design Studio can offer a client. The scope of residential work has varied from a quaint 350 square foot Fisherman’s shack used as a guest cottage to an impressive 10,000 square foot residence.
Commercial commissions as diverse as a medical facility, a multi-million dollar export company and the refurbishing of various hotels, has been executed by the principal of this firm. Several of these projects have been featured in national, local and international publications.
Ada Truesdale will present: Creating A Healthy Home and Office
“Eco-Design” is on everyone’s radar lately. In this class you will learn how to make choices for a healthier interior environment whether it be for your home or office. Everyone can have a beautiful interior and still be conscious of the impact your choices make on our environment and the health of you and your family or associates.
Topics to be covered are:
- Impacts of homes and buildings on the environment
- Water efficiency
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Sustainable Materials
- Sustainable Furniture
- Wall and Floor coverings
- What to look for in product labels and certifications
Tom has been in Automotive Industry for 25yrs. Currently manages the Key Largo location of Largo Motors a division of Largo Honda and the Esserman Automotive Group.
Tom is originally from Ohio where he worked for Mike Bass Ford. He was in charge of the Alternative Fuels Program consisting of E-85 , CNG , and Hybrid vehicles offered by Ford Motor Co and a member of the Earth Day Coalition. He organized and participated in Earth Fest which is held at the Cleveland Zoo every year and attracts 100,000 + guests and 150 exhibitors.
Shawn Waggoner has served as the President of the Florida Electric Auto Association since January 2004 and has 14 years of experience with electric vehicles (EVs). He got his start in 1994 at a fuel cell research company in West Palm Beach, FL, where he was part of a team building prototype fuel cell labs and EVs for companies like Ford and Deere and Co. He also worked for a specialty vehicle company that manufactured electric powered ground support equipment for airports and electric mini ambulances. Most recently, he was co-owner of Suncoast Electric Vehicle Outfitters, a company that does custom EV engineering, projects and software development. He currently does independent consulting for EV and battery companies.
Shawn Waggoner will present: Green Transportation Panel Discussion
Fran Wagner received his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his masters in Digital Systems from State Univ. of NY at Buffalo. He and his wife Mali, an attorney, are retired and have lived in the lower Keys for eight years. They are both involved in environmental issues with their primary focus having been their work with the State Department of Health to approve the conversion of out-of-service septic tanks to cisterns. They are now trying to make that conversion less cumbersome and less costly and working to secure some form of financial assistance from the county or state for those who wish to convert. They are also trying to educate homeowners about this important ecological opportunity.
Fran Wagner will present: "Septic Conversion Pioneer"
Monica Woll is originally from Washington, DC. She attended the University of New Hampshire and received a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Conservation followed by 7 years as a park ranger with the National Park Service. She attended Nova southeastern University where she received a Masters in Elementary Education. She has lived in the Upper Keys for 17 years teaching and working at her husbands business (Florida Bay Outfitters). For the past year and a half she has worked as a Trail Specialist for the State of Florida on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. She is an avid bicyclist, paddler and hiker.
Monica Woll will present: Get a Bike! Save Money and See the Keys.
Monica Woll will narrate a slide show about an annual Paradise Pedalers trip from Key Largo to Key West by bike. Be inspired to do your own ride. She will help you plan and customize your own adventure!