Sarah Boren

The mobile unit inspires and educates about green building and sustainable living.

Wanting to make a major green building impact on their Jacksonville community, the volunteers of USGBC Florida's Northeast region had a bold idea in 2014: to build a mobile unit that inspires, educates, activates, connects and creates demand and jobs for green building and sustainable living.

More than 40,000 visitors later, the LiveSMART (Sustainable Materials and Resource Trailer) unit has exceeded expectations. The 24-foot-long, 7,200-pound rolling education center debuted in 2017. The trailer conveys in clear, concise displays the many benefits of building, retrofitting, operating and living sustainably. From easy, no-cost steps to making your home healthier and more high-performing to full-blown net zero strategies and information about green infrastructure, there was something for everyone on the LiveSMART mobile unit.

LiveSMART, which received a multi-year grant in August 2016 from the City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board, goes out to the community and provides direct education on sustainable living and green building practices, including such topics as:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Environmentally friendly household chemicals and personal care products
  • Tips on how to choose and take care of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Using rain barrels

With a goal of visiting as many big events as possible, LiveSMART and its Jacksonville-based volunteers have been busy. The docket has included appearances at major festivals, professional football and baseball games, home and patio shows, schools, churches, and business campuses. LiveSMART even made it to Greenbuild in Washington, D.C., in 2015. See our virtual tour from the event.

At every stop, the "green home on wheels" has helped individuals become smart consumers and save money while being environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Stepping up

A project of this size and stature doesn't come together without a legion of support. Many individuals and the following companies stepped up to make LiveSMART a reality: CSX (which provided a generous grant the enabled the purchase of the trailer), COJ Environmental Protection Board, University of North Florida Environmental Center, Ebert Norman Brady Architects, JEA, Jacksonville Jaguars, Haskell, MOSH, AIM Printing & Graphics, Meghan Welfare, LBI Interiors, Antique & Modern Cabinets, Resource Furniture, Architectural Sales & Illumination, TerraWise Homes, JM Family Enterprises, Dixie Contract Carpet, Inc., Graphic Application Systems, Columbia Forest Products, Deutshe Bank, Coastal Electric Company of Florida, Paper Stone, Kirei, Kohler, A Child's Place Montessori School and Nature's Way Pest Control.

Sponsorships and reserving LiveSMART

USGBC Florida is seeking to raise funds to purchase a large pickup truck to haul LiveSMART from venue to venue. To contribute, or if you are interested in having LiveSMART visit your school, workplace or organization, contact Sarah Boren, Director of Market Transformation and Developmen for USGBC Florida.