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Cindy Zork


In order to achieve USGBC’s mission of transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated, USGBC Tennessee engages both our membership and the community in a variety of educational, social and volunteer-centered initiatives and events.


Education series

USGBC Tennessee offers members and guests the opportunity to network, engage and learn through our regular education series in our branches of East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and Memphis Regional. Both web-based and in-person education is available.

By attending presentations by expert speakers and taking green building tours, members are able to stay up to date on green building advances and technology, earn GBCI continuing education credits and network with like-minded professionals in a variety of fields. Topics focus on the development of more sustainable, healthy and energy-efficient buildings and communities, using the LEED rating system as a framework.

IMPACT Tennessee

The IMPACT Tennessee conference brings together a statewide audience of building and design professionals and sustainability advocates for a day of green building education and celebration. This fall conference showcases keynote speakers, expert panelists and best practice case studies. The one-day event includes a Leadership Awards Luncheon, honoring the buildings and project teams that go above and beyond in their pursuit of sustainability and resource efficiency.

IMPACT Tennessee also honors the participants of the IMPACT Benchmarking Challenge, a three-month competition for buildings across Tennessee to reduce energy, water and waste. Participate in the IMPACT Tennessee Benchmarking Challenge.

Paper Power

The Paper Power program is hosted by USGBC Tennessee in conjunction with Memphis Public Libraries. The program challenges teams of Memphis-area high school students to construct innovative structures using recycled paper products. The event builds teamwork, encourages creativity and increases awareness about waste management and sustainability. Participants from local design and construction companies also provide students with insight into careers in green building.

Paper Power is a project connected with Green Apple Day of Service, an international campaign working with schools to prepare the next generation of global leaders in sustainability.

Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple Day of Service unites communities across the world to transform schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments. Projects are wide-ranging, but they all aim to accomplish measurable change on one or more of the three pillars of a green school: environmental impact, health and wellness and environmental and sustainability literacy.

Local Leadership

Cindy Zork, Director, Community–USGBC Virginia and USGBC Tennessee

Market Leadership Advisory Board

The USGBC Tennessee Market Leadership Advisory Board is a volunteer leadership group that works with USGBC community staff to guide local strategy in support of USGBC’s local, regional and global goals.

  • Alan Sparkman, MLAB Co-Chair, Executive Director, Tennessee Concrete Association
  • Tiffany King, MLAB Vice Chair, Project Manager, Skanska
  • Dawn Hjelseth, Director of Development, green | spaces
  • Erik Daugherty, Founder/Owner, E3 INNOVATE
  • Jane Pate, Memphis Area Regional Manager, Entegrity
  • Elizabeth Hammitt, Director of Community & Environmental Stewardship, EPB
  • Cory Duggin, Energy Modeling Wizard, TLC Engineering
  • Jaclyn Mothupi, Regional Director of External Affairs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Richard Kelley, Vice President, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare