(SAVANNAH, GA) Learn about “Incentives for Building Green in Georgia”


Tommy Linstroth, Head of Sustainable Initiatives for sustainable real estate development company Melaver, Inc., will be a panelist discussing “Incentives for Building Green in Georgia.” The special pre-school session will take place Wednesday, August 22, from 10:30 a.m. until noon prior to the opening session of the the 2nd Annual Georgia Environmental Conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah on August 22-24.

The special pre-school session is open only to conference attendees. To register for the conference, please visit http://www.georgiaenet.com/home.htm. Click on Register and fill out the online form. Registration for the conference is $350.

In addition to Linstroth, the panelists for “Incentives for Building Green in Georgia” are moderator Tom Boeck, LEED AP, who is Principal of Sustainable Office, LLC; Laura Case, LEED AP, who is Project Manager for Emory University and Chairman of the Atlanta Chapter of US Green Building Council as well as a board member of Southface Energy Institute;  Kim Chamness, AIA, LEED AP, who is Associate Principal of Perkins + Will, Inc., a board member of Atlanta Chapter, USGBC and member of the SE Regional Committee, USGBC; and David Freedman, LEED AP, who is Chief Engineer, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the USGBC.

The conference will be relevant to a wide variety of people such as attorneys, builders, developers, elected officials, citizens groups and landowners. Georgia Environmental Conference is the state's most advanced and comprehensive instruction on today's environmental programs. The Georgia Environmental Conference allows attendees to choose a personalized curriculum by selecting seven out of thirty-one offered courses, ranging from water management and recycling to regulatory updates and the greening of business. This "break-out" format provides an opportunity to interact with other attendees and instructors while earning continuing education credits (applied for) for various professions. With the combined efforts of the state's leading environmental organizations, this annual Conference is a great way to stay abreast of the everyday environ mental issues that impact our great state.

Linstroth makes sure Melaver, Inc. develops in ways that meet the triple bottom line (returns that are profitable not only financially, but also socially and ecologically) and also works to reduce the impacts of the company’s business operations – efforts that have led to inclusion in the EPA’s Climate Leaders’ Program and Green Power Partnership. He also has primary responsibility for sustainable education and outreach in the Savannah community, both within and outside the company. He is a regular speaker on sustainable development throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Linstroth is the founder and president of the Savannah Chapter of the US Green Building Council, a 501 c 3 organization dedicated to improving the built environment in Savannah and the c oastal Southeast.

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 environmentally responsible projects. The company developed one of the first LEED certified buildings 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

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