Jacksonville University is privileged to have an advisory board of professionals in the field of sustainability that are making substantial contributions in Jacksonville.  The advisory board provides
  • On-going guidance to assure the Program stays current in a fast and dynamic field
  • Scholarship funds to students
  • Internships, work hire, job-shadowing, and other opportunities for experience
  • Student and faculty research projects
  • In-kind services
  • Course instruction
  • Mentorship to Sustainability students

​​Eric Almond, P.E.
Almond Engineering, Vice President
Mr. Almond has extensive experience with large-scale land development and drainage design in various capacities, including engineering design, regulatory permitting and construction management. His experience primarily consists of large-scale residential, commercial and industrial projects upon which protection of natural water resources through master planning, design, permitting and construction phase services was the primary focus of each large projects. With this extensive knowledge of the design process, regulatory system, and challenges faced during construction, he is uniquely positioned to offer the highest level of service to its clients and protection of the environment.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.​​ 
Sarah Boren
LEED AP Homes, LEED AP BD+C; Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council North Florida Chapter; Executive Director, Green Team Project, a project of the Tides Center; Co-Organizer, Sustainable Jacksonville
The USGBC North Florida Chapter is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable community inspired by green building in NE FL through education and open collaborative leadership.  The Green Team Project is a program of the Tides Center that helps individuals and small businesses save money by becoming environmentally-friendly in their everyday practices.  Sarah works to find ways to educate, increase the awareness of, and connect the general public to green businesses and sustainable efforts in the region.  She has a BA in Politics and a minor in Chinese from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1991 and a Masters of Environmental Management in Resource Economics, Policy and Business, including corporate environmental management, from Duke University in 1999.  Her favorite job title is mother of two wonderful girls.
Catherine Burkee, M. ED, LEED® AP BC+C
Director of Education Services, Breaking Ground Contracting
Catherine Burkee is the director of education services at Breaking Ground Contracting where she is responsible for strategic planning and management of the staff as it relates to all services provided by Breaking Ground’s Education Services division. With decades of experience in the educational field, Burkee develops and implements new educational offerings at the company, including launching the company’s first book, Me and Green, in 2010 as well as creating public education programs regarding the benefits of sustainable building. She is also responsible for continuing to improve existing services, sales of education services, budget management, cross-over business development and daily interaction with clients, specialty contractors and vendors.
Susan P. Carew, EI, LEED AP
Duval County Public Schools, Director of Facility Engineering & Energy
Susan joined DCPS in 2005 as a Project Manager and within a few months became the Director of Facility Engineering & Energy.  She is responsible for developing and implementing DCPS’ Energy Conservation program, managing mechanical and electrical renovation projects, assisting with mechanical and electrical design reviews for new schools and major renovations, developing and implementing DCPS’ building commissioning program, and creating and managing DCPS’ Green Champions program.  DCPS’ energy consumption has declined by 30% since beginning districtwide conservation efforts in 2005.  Susan is on the USGBC North Florida Chapter Green Schools committee.  She worked for an energy services company for over 18 years prior to joining DCPS.  Susan earned a BS in electrical engineering from The University of South Florida in 1986.
Ryan Chandley
VP/GM of NE Florida, CEMEX
CEMEX is a worldwide leader in concrete products and building materials located in over 50 countries. CEMEX is committed to sustainable development and moving our industry forward.  Ryan works with several universities throughout the state to guide students in Sustainable design, Concrete 101, and Cost Analysis for Rigid pavement systems through lectures and courses. Ryan has also had the opportunity to conduct several Concrete Sustainability Field Days throughout the state. These “Field Days” give the students, legislators, professors, industry leaders, and contractors a chance to interact and learn more about building for our sustainable future.  Currently, Ryan is the Region 2 (NE Florida) Chairman 2010-2012 of Florida Concrete and Products Association where has been involved in Legislative initiatives for promoting sustainability and growth for the Concrete Industry throughout the state.
Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, CxA
Principal/Director of Business Development and Sustainability, TLC Engineering
Mark leads TLC’s corporate wide business development efforts along with focusing on the firm’s strong sustainable design credentials.  Mark managed TLC’s Jacksonville Office for ten years, is on the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) Board of Directors, serves as President of the North Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.  He has led the engineering and commissioning on many notable projects during his 19 year career at TLC.  He works closely with TLC’s senior sustainability leaders, along with the firm’s marketing team, to develop business opportunities for all 11 TLC offices across the South.  Mark is a member of TLC’s Board of Directors and is a graduate of Penn State University.
Adam Hoyles

Certified Wildlife Biologist, Professional Wetland Scientist; Vice President Operations, Onsite Environmental Consulting
Mr. Hoyles has years of experience as a senior scientist in the field where his core belief that leading clients to effective environmental solutions has become the company philosophy. He is an expert in wildlife hazard assessment, wildlife hazard management planning, wetland delineation, endangered-species, GIS, and Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM).  He has prepared numerous reports for a variety of companies and government agencies on the environment.  He has been an expert witness, prepared environmental permits, conducted environmental site assessments, closed oil tank, and conducted listed species studies.  Adam has a degree in wildlife biology from the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida.

Arvid Karl Pedersen, LEED AP BD+C, CPIM
President, Supply Management International LLC & Effektiv Energy LLC
SMI provides executive supply chain management services to companies needing leadership in sustainable supply management best practices, while Effektiv Energy provides support for industrial/commercial energy audits, building commissioning, and sustainability program management.   He serves USGBC as chair of the Advocacy Task Team for USGBC Florida and Caribbean region.  Arvid also serves as a board member of the Sky Institute, an organization dedicated to building communities that is in harmony with the environment, conducts meaningful commerce, and a lifestyle that balances the science of living with the art of living. Arvid’s education includes a BS, Aeronautical Engineering from Northrop University, and a MS, Operations Management from Renssellaer Polytechnic.
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Energy and Environmental Solutions, Senior Account Executive, Siemens Industry, Inc
Siemens Industry, Inc, a Global Top 50 organization located in over 190 countries, is a proud global leader in energy efficient, sustainable, services and technologies. Tracy consults her clients on self funding energy infrastructure improvement projects that make facilities more efficient and cost effective to operate. Tracy assists her clients with the development and implementation of sustainability programs, including sustainable education, operations instruction, and performance assurance programs. Tracy gives back to her community through work with the Boselli Foundation, Providence School, and Church of Eleven Twenty-Two. She builds campaigns to assist North Florida students to obtain college scholarships. She serves the local community by serving as Vice President on the JHNSA Board of Directors, sits as a Navy League Board of Director’s member, and a Jacksonville University Sustainability Education Advisory Board member as well. She is a proud Veteran of the U.S. Navy and recently completed a “What The Navy Did For Me” commercial campaign. Tracy holds a Certified Energy Manager certification by the Association of Energy Engineers, and is the owner of Amazing Grace General Contracting Company. Tracy, her son, Christian, and Husband Bobby, have made Jacksonville their home for the last 15 years.
James Adam Richardson, II

Program Administrator, City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board
James A, Richardson, II is a native of Jacksonville, Florida.  Since April 2012, he has worked with the City of Jacksonville as Program Administrator for the Environmental Protection Board.  With a common theme of engaging people, James has had a successful career that has also led to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles.  He is most proud of being the first male and first African-American to serve as Chair of the Board for the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council which serves over 20,000 girls throughout 16 counties in North Florida.  He currently serves holds the position of Secretary of the Board of Directors for the North Florida Chapter of the US Green Building Council. 

An avid golfer, James also enjoys shopping and reading.  He has been married to Sandra Hull-Richardson for more than 25 years, another milestone for which he is most proud.  Together they live in the Riverside area. 

Robert Riva, JD
Associate, Real Estate, Corporate & Sustainable Development with Holland & Knight
A member of the Real Estate, Corporate and Sustainable Development practice groups in the Jacksonville office of Holland & Knight. Mr. Riva practices in the areas of real estate financing and restructuring, development, leasing, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Riva also has experience in corporate governance matters, asset acquisitions and commercial finance matters, including representing lenders in loans guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  Mr. Riva is also a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED® AP). He is the first attorney in Jacksonville to become a LEED® AP and to be listed on the Green Building Certification Institute's LEED® AP Directory under the "Legal" area of practice.​




Rhodes Robinson
CEO, Environmental Services, Inc.
Rhodes Robinson is CEO of Environmental Services, Inc., an environmental consulting firm located in Jacksonville with offices throughout the eastern United States. ESI provides a variety of services including wetlands, protected species, foresty, cultural resources , and contamination studies. Additionally,  ESI has a division that provides services associated with greenhouse gas (GHG), carbon offsets and sustainability.  The firm has worked numerous times in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, and Central and South America with these services.

 Mr. Robinson has over 30 years’ experience as an environmental professional, as well as a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from N.C.  State University .  

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Brandon Speeg
Director of Conservation Education at White Oak

Brandon is the Director of Conservation Education at White Oak, one of the world's premiere wildlife breeding, research, education and training facilities.  At White Oak Brandon leads efforts to advance conservation literacy and capacity, and inspire conservation action.  Brandon is also an alumnus and advisory board member of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program and has traveled to Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in support of conservation initiatives.  ​
John Kevin Young, LEED-AP, Project Management Professional, DAWIA Level 3
Naval Air Station, Jacksonville FL US Grade Level: GS-12
As Sto
rmwater Program Manager for Naval Air Station Jacksonville. John has overseen the implementation of Low Impact Development (LID) on numerous projects while managing permitting and regulatory compliance for the installation, and serves on the City of Jacksonville LID Subcommittee.  A LEED-AP, John exercises leadership on many sustainability issues with the installation, such as facility design and siting.  John is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.