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April 2007

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rachel Geffen of Melaver, Inc. is designated a LEED AP

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(SAVANNAH, GA)  Rachel Geffen, Sustainable Initiatives Intern at Melaver, Inc., has received her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 2.2 accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, making her a LEED Accredited Professional.

LEED APs have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes.

Geffen works with Tommy Linstroth, Head of Sustainable Initiatives, helping to decrease Melaver, Inc.'s environmental footprint. This includes reducing the company's use of natural resources and offsetting its carbon emissions.

Geffen graduated with high honors from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in biology. She is a Savannah Country Day School alumna.

"It's satisfying to work for a business that accounts for the true cost of
environmental resources," Geffen said.

Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The company recently received the Business of the Year award from Buy Local of Savannah for its local commitment to designing environmentally responsible projects. The company developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. that is also on the National Historic Register. It has also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald's in the U.S.

Contact: (912) 236-0781

COO of Melaver, Inc. to be keynote speaker at USC-Beaufort Sustainable Living Symposium

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(BEAUFORT, SC) Colin Coyne, Chief Operating Officer of Melaver, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort’s Sustainable Living Symposium April 27.

The USCB Office of Community Outreach is presenting the symposium as part of its Coastal Life series. The symposium will be held at the USCB South Campus on Hwy 278 in Bluffton at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reservations are required; call (843) 208-8201.

“The mission of the Office of Community Outreach at USCB is to find ways to apply the intellectual resources of the university to issues and concerns of the community,” said C. Leary Bell, Ph. D., Associate Chancellor at USCB. “This symposium is a very good example of the university bringing experts on a topic of particular concern to the coastal region to share their expertise with the community.”

Coyne will speak about sustainability in a broader context than environmentally friendly, or “green” building.

“Sustainability begins and ends in the community fabric,” he said. “Frankly, without that community fabric what we’re doing is irrelevant. Sustainability isn’t just buildings or even the air we breathe it’s sustaining and nurturing that sense of community, and that’s why people should care about it. It’s protecting and nurturing the community fabric, the sense of oneness.”

Wayne Robertson, President of Energy Ace, Inc., and Monica Mastrianni, president of Greenline Architecture, will give an introduction to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and sustainable design. LEED is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tommy Linstroth, Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., will present a commercial case study of Abercorn Common retail center in Savannah, the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the nation.

EcoManor’s Lead Designer and Project Manager, Rick Hatch, and Interior Designer, Jillian Cooke, will discuss residential luxury and sustainable design.

Landscape design and sustainable green development through intelligent design will be discussed by John R. Thomas and J. Edward Pinckney of Edward Pinckney Associates, Ltd.

Paul Wolff, Tybee City Councilman, will cover the governmental angle of sustainable design as he discusses the City of Tybee and alternative energy sources.

Allen Ward, President of Ward Edwards Engineering, will discuss sustainable land practices.

There will be information booths for the US Green Building Council and Georgia Tech’s Team DesignSolar Decathlon 2007.

Coyne serves as a critical member of Melaver, Inc.’s team-oriented Senior Management Group where he oversees all aspects of day-to-day operations of the firm, including development and portfolio management, while helping shape the guiding long-term business strategy. Extremely versatile in financial analysis, complex transaction and entity structuring, investment relations, and marketing, Coyne has been the guiding force behind the company’s well-paced and well-coordinated growth. Coyne’s 20 years of experience with direct responsibility for over a billion dollars of real estate assets includes serving as a senior officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, during the time of Tanger’s IPO. While growing up in the U.S., Jamaica and Australia, Coyne returned stateside to receive a BS degree in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and an MBA with Dean’s List honors from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Coyne has been a featured speaker at the annual U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference, the CoreNET International Conference, Southface Energy Institute’s annual Greenprints Conference, the Southern Environmental Center’s Livable Cities Conference, and has most recently published articles on green development in the Southface Journal; Environmental Construction & Design; and, EcoStructure magazine. He has served on the faculty of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Shopping Center University and is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership’s Class of 2006.

Melaver Inc. is a third-generation, family business devoted to commercial real estate: office, retail, showroom, and warehousing. Melaver was awarded the first LEED certification in Savannah for their historical renovation of the Whitaker Building, located on the corner of State Street and Whitaker Street, received LEED CI (commercial interiors) certification for its corporate offices on Barnard Street.
Contact: (912) 236-0781

For more information about the USCB symposium go to or make
a reservation at (843) 208-8201.

(OKATIE, SC) Jerome Mosley joins Biopsy Diagnostics as Lab Technician

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(Okatie, SC) Jerome Mosley has joined Biopsy Diagnostics lab as a laboratory technician.  In this role he is responsible for preparing specimens, performing photomicrography and processing cytology slides.

A native of Smoaks, SC, Mosley earned his Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from South Carolina State University.  He then graduated from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA, where he earned a Masters degree in Public Health and a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration.  Previously, Mosley worked at Colleton Medical Center in the healthcare administrative field as a financial counselor in the billing department. 

"Biopsy Diagnostics is a great place to work," Mosley said. "It is the best company I have been with and I look forward to working here into the future."

In his spare time Mosley enjoys spending time hunting, fishing and performing martial arts.

In just three years Biopsy Diagnostics has become one of the most reputable anatomic pathology laboratories in the Coastal Empire, providing rapid, reliable and skillful diagnosis of skin, prostate, breast, esophagus, colon, bladder, cervix, and other biopsies in a manner that demonstrates both quality and compassion. 

The only dermatopathologist and fellowship-trained cancer pathologist in the Low Country and Coastal Empire areas, Dr. White, lab founder and medical director, is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as dermatopathology.  He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and did his residencies at Yale University, completing fellowships in oncologic pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and dermatopathology at Duke University. 

Biopsy Diagnostics is a local, full-service, state-of-the-art anatomic pathology laboratory with fellowship-trained pathologists and excellent technical and support personnel.  They are committed to providing rapid and accurate diagnosis of outpatient biopsies to physicians, with each result customized with a verbal, written, and graphic report.  Bx-Dx serves well over 100 doctors in three states, the Coastal Carolina Medical Center in Hardeeville, and the Outpatient Surgery Center of Hilton Head.  They are located at 49 Brown's Cove Road, Suite 6, in Okatie, SC, with a satellite office on Hilton Head Island.  Call them Toll Free at 866-379-2939 or visit them on the web at .

(SAVANNAH, GA) Financing with Lower Rates for Green Buildings

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Find out about financing with lower rates for green buildings at meeting of U.S. Green Building Council Savannah Chapter

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Jeff Cole, president of myEnergyLoan, will speak to the Savannah chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council Tuesday, April 24 about financing residential and commercial green buildings. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The leading ecoproperty lending program in the country, myEnergyLoan offers discounts on closing costs and lower interest rates for energy-efficient buildings and "location-efficient" buildings, which allow people to get to work without a car, for example. The for-profit program, offered through HomeFirst Mortgage, chooses to take a smaller profit margin to offer the lower rates.

"We're in a race for sustainability," Cole said. "We fuel the shift from a fossil fuel-based economy to an eco-economy. We're reshaping lending across the nation for sustainability."

RSVP to Tommy Linstroth at: by April 20. The meeting will be held from 5:45-7 p.m. at Wild Wing Cafe in City Market. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one's life.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Lise Sundrla will be the speaker at Buy Local Savannah Quarterly Luncheon

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy Local Savannah is proud to welcome Lise Sundrla, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA) Executive Director, to speak at the next quarterly luncheon being held at noon on Thursday, April 26th aboard the Savannah River Queen.  Sundrla will update guests on the development of the Savannah Riverwalk Project.  The Riverwalk Expansion Project, the largest of its kind in Savannah in over 150 years, is being developed by Ambling Companies.  The project, which will run along the eastern end of the historic district along President Street, is slated to include office and retail space, street-level shops and restaurants, hotels and approximately 850 residential units.   Savannah River Landing, as it will be called, will be a true expansion of Savannah’s famous Historic District complete with the picturesque common-area squares General Oglethorpe used in his original Savannah city layout.

Lise R. Sundrla joined the staff of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority as Executive Director in September 1999. Prior to assuming this position, Sundrla served as Executive Director of the downtown revitalization programs in Winchester, Virginia; Beaufort, South Carolina; Statesville, North Carolina; and Gaffney, South Carolina. Ms. Sundrla has 20 years of work experience in the field of downtown revitalization and management. As Executive Director of the Old Town Development Board in Winchester, VA, Ms. Sundrla also co-developed and administered the State’s first Technology Zone.

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Ms. Sundrla received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She received a Master of Arts in History, with an emphasis in Historic Preservation, from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Ms. Sundrla’s articles on downtown revitalization and management have been featured in publications of the South Carolina Historical Society, the National Main Street Center, Virginia Review magazine, and the Virginia Main Street Monitor.  She is a member of Sunrise Rotary, has served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Downtown Development Association, and serves currently on the Georgia Urban Main Street Task Force, Georgia Cities Foundation Board of Advisors, and as Immediate Past President of the Georgia Downtown Association.

The cost of the lunch is $20 for members and $30 for non-members and RSVP’s are required.  To RSVP or for more information please contact Madeleine Warren, President of Buy Local Savannah, at or go online at

The Savannah Area Buy Local group supports the community, as a vibrant and growing networking of more than a 150 locally owned and operated businesses. The organization offers advertising discounts, networking, buying opportunities, local identity support, employee development, community action, enhanced company imaging, group advertising, and educational business seminars. Part of the Buy Local Mission Statement expresses the association's goal to enable local businesses to compete with the economies of scale used by franchise companies in the areas such as advertising and purchasing. For more information about Buy Local Savannah see

(AUSTIN, TX) Waller Creek Whitewater Trail – Keeping Austin Cool!

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This proposal highlights the potential benefits of creating a one mile long whitewater course and recreation corridor on Waller Creek, through the heart of Downtown Austin, Texas – part of the new Waterfront District. The Waller Creek Whitewater Trail would become another of Austin’s showcase attractions, used by a wide community of local residents, plus visitors from the surrounding areas and around the world.

The streambed wo uld be restored and re-created for safe river passage for rafts, kayaks, canoes and fish. Multi-use amenities of the corridor would include trails, shops, restaurants, and concessions with convenient yet safe access for enjoyment of the waterway. Combined with trails and energetic development the project would unite the surrounding neighborhoods to the creek, downtown, and Town Lake.

The Waller Creek Whitewater Trail is technically achievable and economically practical. It would make use of the forty feet of drop along the channel to produce Class II Whitewater. It leverages the Waller Creek Tunnel Projects’ plan to pump water from Town Lake up to Waterloo Park – to flow back downstream.

Capital costs to make (the few) necessary stream bed modifications might be found through simple redirection of existing repair budget forecasts.

Management operations and insurances for the course would be shared via a private / public partnership. The convenience of an urban location means that logistical facilities to support large promotional events are already in place. Austin’s mild climate would facilitate year round use.

Managed effectively, direct revenues generated from the course might both exceed operating expenses, and create generous profits both public and private.
This plan will succeed to create a vibrant renaissance along the entire Waller Creek corridor!

(SAVANNAH, GA) You might want to consider purchasing a hybrid vehicle

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Tired of high prices at the pump? Or looking for a tax credit? You might want to consider purchasing a hybrid vehicle. Hybrid vehicles use a small, gasoline-powered engine in combination with an electric motor, allowing them to use electricity at low speeds and gas at higher speeds. The electric motor is operated off a battery pack, which is recharged when the gasoline part of the engine produces more power than is needed to operate the vehicle.

Hybrid vehicles achieve approximately 50 to 60 miles per gallon (mpg), comparing favorably with the 20 to 40 mpg of equivalently sized vehicles. That’s good for you, and the environment. Since every gallon of gasoline burned results in over twenty pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, a hybrid can lead to a decrease of 3 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle, per year!
The top selling hybrid vehicle is the uniquely-shaped Toyota Prius, which gets about 47 miles per gallon, based on conversations with Prius owners. (The popular Honda Civic hybrid version averages 45 miles per gallon).

You can even get a hybrid SUV. The Toyota Highlander, Mercury Mariner, Saturn Vue, Lexus 400h and Ford Escape offer the roominess and towing capacity of an SUV, but get much better mileage. Prefer a luxury passenger car? Your in luck – the hybrid Honda Accord, Lexus GS 450h and Toyota Camary are on the market, and a hybrid version of the Nissan Altima and Chevy Malibu are due out this year.

Besides great gas mileage, hybrids often come along with tax credits from the Federal government and some states. Federal tax credits are based on vehicle type, and range from $650 to over $3000!

Other benefits exist as well. Many states allow hybrid vehicles to drive in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – saving valuable commute time. And some cities, such as Los Angeles and San Diego even offer free parking at city meters.

From gas savings and tax credits to free parking – there are many benefits to driving a hybrid! For more information on hybrid vehicles (models, tax credits, etc, visit ).
Tommy Linstroth is Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., a vertically-integrated, sustainable real estate firm based in Savannah, GA. He is also President of the Savannah chapter of the US Green Building Council.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wouldn’t you know it? Taxes are due and the refrigerator is on the fritz.

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy New and Even Save Money!

Wouldn’t you know it? Taxes are due and the refrigerator is on the fritz. You need to shell out big dollars for both this month.

But, there’s some good news for those who have to buy new appliances now – or some time in the future. You can recoup some of the up-front cost by purchasing an energy efficient appliance, and also be a good steward of the environment.

Just look for the EnergyStar label. Appliances that showcase this mark have met strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection agency or the US Department of Energy.

These products look the same as standard appliances, but are much more efficient with energy and water.

For example, an EnergyStar refrigerator is at least 15% more energy efficient than a standard model. Since your refrigerator runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, those savings add up quickly.

Research also shows that by switching to an EnergyStar refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwasher, you can save you over $200 annually in both energy and water costs, while reducing harmful emissions.

Other EnergyStar product categories range from light bulbs to air conditioners/furnaces to home entertainment (TVs, DVD players, VCRs) to office equipment (computers, printers, copiers).

With all these energy-efficient products on the shelf, it’s easy to reduce your energy consumption, and save money. Visit for more information.

Tommy Linstroth is Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc., a vertically-integrated, sustainable real estate firm based in Savannah, GA. He is also President of the Savannah chapter of the US Green Building Council.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Joe Ippolito to Untangle the Sometimes Confusing World of Internet Marketing

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(SAVANNAH, GA)  Joe Ippolito, President of Riverhorse Internet Marketing, will be the April speaker at the Entrepreneur "Food for Thought" series taking place on April 19th at the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus, PARB building, room 126.  The "Food for Thought" series is presented in collaboration between the Advance Technology Development Center of Savannah (ATDC) and The Creative Coast Initiative.  The speaker series, which offers fresh topics focusing on the needs of startups and entrepreneurs, is just one of the products of this new partnership designed to provide topical, worthwhile activities and events for local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Ippolito will address the topic of Internet Marketing, covering subjects such as the role of blogs, Meta data creation, copywriting, search engines and directories, and campaign development. "Using the Internet as an important part of your marketing mix is still a fairly new concept and therefore still a little confusing to navigate for some," states Ippolito.  "It used to be you just had a website because everyone else did; that's not enough now.  You need set your website apart to get ranked."

Ippolito realized his dream of starting his own business in January of 2006 with the creation of River Horse Internet Marketing.  His goal with the new company was to untangle the world of Internet marketing and to help his clients see the potential in marketing themselves within this medium.  He certainly succeeded.  In what was supposed to be his "building year" Joe has already secured national clients such as Melaver and Dulles Cosmetic Surgery.  His business philosophy is to simply focus on the client, which he does by keeping his growing portfolio of clients manageable and giving each one his undivided attention.

Prior to the creation of River Horse Internet Marketing, Joe worked as Sales Manager at eMarketSouth, an Internet and website design firm, where he was responsible for securing and maintaining client relationships. He is a Past President of Buy Local Savannah and current board member, he serves on the Legend's Community Program Grant Committee benefiting the United Way, is and executive member of the local University of Alabama Alumni Chapter, and serves on the IT Program Advisory Committee for South University where he assists in evaluating current trends in the workforce for tech jobs and South University's curriculum.

The Entrepreneur Food for Thought Series is free, open to the public and includes lunch.  An RSVP is required by April 18th.  Those interested can RSVP to of 912-963-2551.

(SAVANNAH, GA) STC Foundation Community Council Honors Community STARS

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STC Foundation Community Council Honors Community STARS
April 18 luncheon recognizes excellence and service
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Technical College Community Council will host the first annual Tribute to Community STARs (Savannah Tech’s Achievement Recognition) this spring, honoring some 30 individuals, nominated for their service and dedication at work or in the community. The luncheon event will be held on April 18 at noon in the college auditorium on the Savannah Campus, 5717 White Bluff Road. The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $50 per person – seating is limited.

“We know that there are very deserving people who are seldom formally recognized for their good work,” says Melinda Laager, executive director of the Savannah Technical College Foundation. “This event allows their organizations to publicly thank them for the value they add to our community.”  Nominations will be accepted through March 18 space permitting.

Dr. Bertice Berry, best-selling author, comedienne and speaker, will deliver the keynote address. (Bio is attached) Celia Dunn Realty is the signature sponsor of the recognition event.  The event to be held annually each spring, is sponsored by the STC Foundation Community Council, a group of young professionals charged with expanding the local knowledge and profile of Savannah Technical College and its mission and with raising funds to support the college, its programs and students. The Community Council is chaired by Tammie Hooks and Jamie McCurry and the recognition event is co-chaired by Lisa Colbert and Tammy Ray. 

Proceeds from the event will fund adult literacy programs at Savannah Technical College and other special student-related projects.

For information about tickets or to nominate someone in your organization, contact the Savannah Technical College Foundation at 912.443.3019.