The USGBC North Carolina Charlotte Branch promotes green building practices and knowledge in the Charlotte region and in western North Carolina. 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, while committees help contribute to the development and operation of the branch’s activities and mission.

2016 Branch Leadership Group

  • Chair: Brad Brogden, Gensler
  • Vice-Chair: Ian Patrick, Biloba Architecture
  • Treasurer: Matt Jernigan, LEED AP O+M, Wells Fargo
  • Wendy Bell, Avison Young
  • Aimee Adams, LEED AP
  • Robin Turner, LEED GA, O'Leary Group Waste Systems
  • Rachel Johnson, Lpl
  • Carl A Harris, Charlotte Housing Authority
  • Kelly Amundson, JLL
  • Ben Miller, Elite Touch Cleaning Services, Inc.
  • Summer Minchew, EcoImpact Consulting
  • Rob Cox, University of NC at Charlotte
  • Vickie Breemes, CSI, CCS, LEED BD+C, WELL AP, Director of Advanced Building Technologies


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: Bryan Gabriel

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: Ed Taylor  

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: Doug Broome 

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.