TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the leading certifier of green construction projects and a cornerstone of sustainability efforts in the state, has unveiled an exciting schedule for this year's GreenTrends Conference, "Put Your Money on Green," Oct. 20-21 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Fla.
A stimulating and informative lineup of programs, workshops and speakers is on tap at the state's signature green building event to promote, educate and support green building design, construction and operations.
- For Opening Ceremonies, Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate company specializing in the creation and development of master-planned communities and commercial properties will truly inspire attendees with his passion, vision and innovations taking place right now at Babcock Ranch - the world's first solar town.
- Nationally recognized appraiser, instructor, and author Sandra Adomatis, principal at Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, will offer inside information on getting the most out of green project appraisals. She spearheaded the development of the AI Residential and Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendums and authored the often quoted study, "What is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.
- Sorrell Negro, a land use and environmental law attorney with Robinson + Cole LLP in Miami and Dr. Deborah Brosnan, an environmental scientist with 30 years' experience focusing on solutions to challenges where humans interact with natural resources, climate change, hazards and disasters and future of land development. Negro will discuss the nature and impacts of sustainability ordinances, specifically what they are and what to expect with regulations that are being enacted with greater frequency in Florida. She will discuss green tax incentives and incentives related to urban agriculture as a component of development. Dr. Brosnan will discuss how to estimate and quantify the benefits of green or gray infrastructure. Also when and how to target investment in restoration, conservation, and resiliency efforts that are both effective and financially responsible.