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The USGBC North Carolina Piedmont Triad Branch promotes green building practices and knowledge in the Piedmont area. We help unite the region’s best building professionals to exchange ideas, build experience and raise awareness about green building’s economic, environmental and social benefits. 

The Branch Leadership Group oversees branch operations, and three committees help contribute to the development and operation of the branch’s activities and mission.

2016 Branch Leadership Group

  • Chair: Peter Arsenault, LEED AP, Peter J. Arsenault, Architect
  • Vice-Chair: Gisele Taylor Wells, Forsyth Tech Community College
  • Secretary: Jeff Vestal, Heat Transfer Sales of North Carolina
  • Treasurer: Gabriele Medley Harry, LEED BD+C, Hicaps Inc.
  • Lori Bryant, Patcraft
  • Tom Foster, LEED AP, Commissioning Worcx
  • Donna Juselis, LEED Worcx
  • Tony Santoro, LEED AP, Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Lorelei Elikins, Forsyth County
  • Courtney Field, Weaver Cooke
  • Benjamin Hatch, NC State University
  • Rajesh Kapileshwari, Ethos Engineering


Our committees are composed of volunteer members who play an important part in developing and delivering USGBC North Carolina’s annual strategy. All volunteers are encouraged to participate in leadership roles within each committee. Contact the committee chair for additional information on how to get involved.

Membership and Outreach Committee

Chair: Courtney Field

This committee manages local membership recruitment and retention efforts, along with hosting special events, such as the spring luncheon and fall recognition and awards. Volunteers welcome new and existing members, plan events and help create member benefits. 

Education and Programs Committee

Chair: Terry Highland

This committee organizes local education events, including monthly programs and special events. Volunteers recruit exceptional presenters, submit sessions for professional review, organize event logistics, compose event recaps, photograph events and accomplish a variety of other tasks.

Emerging Professionals Committee

Chair: Stephanie Lazar

Volunteers on this committee enhance their careers and communities through a range of fun and rewarding actvities, including

  • Sponsoring the Natural Talent Design Competition.
  • Organizing a Professional Green Mentors Program.
  • Hosting social events, such as bike rides, movie screenings, Green Drinks, etc.

Although USGBC Emerging Professionals target those 30 years old and younger, the program is open to anyone. Those new to the green building movement are especially encouraged to join.

Green Schools Committee

Chair: Brian Bae-Won Koh

This committee helps support green school policy and legislation through planned events and advocacy for school districts, schools and school professionals.

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