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On September 19th, the local USGBC South Florida Chapter Chapter celebrated its sixth annual GalaVerde. The Spinnaker Group was the Title Sponsor for this distinguished event which recognizes and honors outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the South Florida community. Nearly 350 guests attended the awards ceremony with special keynote speaker Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. Fedrizzi’s inspiring presentation highlighted how impactful the USGBC has been in the US and internationally in reducing the social, human, health and environmental impacts of the built environment. The Spinnaker Group was proud to take home the following awards:

– Most Outstanding Community LEEDer — Jonathan Burgess
– Most Outstanding LEED for Commercial Interiors Project — Garden of Life
– Most Outstanding LEED Core and Shell Project — Palm Court
– Most Outstanding LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Project — Sabadell Financial Center


Palm Court, Miami, FL

Jonathan Burgess RLA, LEED AP BD+C, ND is Vice President of Sustainable Operations at The Spinnaker Group and spearheads the company’s efforts and strategies for sustainable business development and project management. Utilizing his expertise in Landscape Architecture and Planning, Jonathan was the LEED Project Manager for the first LEED for Neighborhood Development projects in the Southeast United States and South Florida; the revitalized neighborhood of Northwest Gardens located in Fort Lauderdale and the Miami Design District. He is also very generous with his time outside of work and is very active in the sustainable development realm in South Florida. Jonathan is the FL-Caribbean Rep for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Chapter Steering Committee. He is a Facilitator of the Living Building Challenge: Florida Collaborative and Co-Founder of the local LBC South Florida Chapter. He is also a member of the LEED Location & Transportation Technical Advisory Group and is also an advisor for the City of Miami Parks Advisory Board. Finally, Jonathan is also Co-Founder of the Green Veterans Group, a program that is dedicated to helping our nation’s heroes learn about sustainable building and green living, while at the same time helping ease the hardship of military-to-civilian transition. Jonathan also strives to educate others about sustainable design and development and has spoken at dozens of conventions and events. His list of appointments is both comprehensive and impressive.

For the full list of award recipients, visit the USGBC South Florida website.

The Spinnaker Group is a South Florida based green-building design and engineering consulting firm whose team of architects and engineers has extensive knowledge in the application of all LEED rating systems.  The Spinnaker Group helps companies achieve green building goals including design consulting, commissioning, specification writing and energy and daylight modeling.  Involved in more than 300 LEED projects throughout the region and internationally, The Spinnaker Group has 99 LEED certified projects to its name.  In 2013, The Spinnaker Group won “Business of the Year” recognition by the South Florida Business Journal, and worked on the first-ever LEED for Neighborhood Development project in Miami, the Miami Design District.  For more information, visit www.thespinnakergroupinc.com.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC, is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.  LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art “green” strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.  LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques and the LEED Green Building Rating System.