Lee Cooke

The Central Florida Region has honored this green ambassador's legacy by creating a scholarship in his name.

Vince Briones, PE, LEED AP, was instrumental in the Central Florida green building movement. A rare form of cancer took Vince from us at an early age, 48, on October 16, 2017. He is survived by his wife Kirstin and two sons.

To know Vince was to love Vince. He was the driving force behind creating Florida's first LEED-certified building in 2003, the Lynn Business School at Stetson University. Over the years, he held key roles with TLC Engineering for Architecture and Atkins, helping to lead their sustainability teams. In the early 2000s, he helped create a green building consulting start-up, GreenTime. He attended the first Greenbuild conference in Austin, Texas, and he also contributed to the formation of the USGBC Central Florida Chapter.

More importantly and more impactfully, Vince spent countless hours giving educational presentations, inspiring and teaching others about green buildings and making our planet a better place. Personable and patient, Vince made you want to do sustainable work.

Working with partners and friends, USGBC Central Florida has honored this very special green ambassador's inspirational legacy by creating an annual scholarship in his name to benefit students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) who exemplify Vince's passion for green buildings and his desire to educate others to transform the building industry around sustainability.

The inaugural scholarship winner

Hannah Hollinger, 23 and a LEED Green Associate, was selected from among a number of other outstanding submissions for the inaugural Vince Briones Education Scholarship. Hannah is pursuing her master's degree at UCF in environmental studies/urban and regional planning. She has been extremely active in teaching and hands-on involvement on campus with sustainability and environmental activities. With a 3.5 grade point average, she has her sights set on a career in urban design, environmental planning, strategic urban planning and urban renewal. She is a member of UCF's Sustainability Advisory Committee in Buildings and Energy.

Contributing to or applying for a scholarship

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Vince and to support the scholarship fund bearing his name, or to apply for the 2019 scholarship (the application period starts in December 2018), contact Lee Cooke, Director of Market Transformation and Development for USGBC Florida.

Thanks to scholarship contributors

Dozens of Vince's friends and family members contributed to the Vince Briones Education Scholarship. Two major gifts were received from Vince's former employers—The Atkins Foundation and TLC Engineering for Architecture. A third was received from the Paul and Dia Kik Fund of the Grand Haven Community Foundation.