The USGBC North Carolina Cape Fear Branch promotes green building practices and knowledge in the Cape Fear region, focusing on the areas of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County. We help unite the best building professionals in the region to exchange ideas, build experience and raise awareness about the economic, environmental and social benefits of green building. 

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

2017 Branch Leadership Group

  • Stephanie Kelly, Chair, Hagersmith Design
  • Buddy Milliken, Vice Chair, The Milliken Company
  • Michael Connor, Secretary, Alternative Architecture
  • Nick Lauretta, Treasurer, LEED AP, McKim & Creed
  • Ed Ablard, Attorney
  • Jason Hales, SEPI Engineering & Construction
  • Kris Stamm, ECS Limited
  • Richard Groves, Clean Energy Events, Cape Fear Community College


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: Kris Stamm

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: Paul Masten

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: Sam Snodgrass

Volunteers on this committee enhance their careers and communities through a range of fun and rewarding activities, 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, especially those new to the green building movement. 

Green Schools Committee

Contact: Gloria Lengel 

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