Maryland Green Building Network
October 2, 2001 – 6:30–8:30 pm
EPA Building – Annapolis, MD
Walt Auburn, MEA
Tim Burkett, BioHabitats
Sara Colhoun, CSI
Benjamin David, Roberts Office Furniture
Jack DiEnna, Geothermal Heat Pump Cons.
Clem Dinsmore, A.G. Edwards & Sons
Donna Fletcher, Sean’s Mom
Janet Harrison, AIA
Bion Howard, BEST
Sean McGuire, GBN Coordinator
Barry Segal, Segal’s Solar Systems
Rob Shank, Interface
Marcus Sheffer, The Seven Group
Louisa Thompson, EartHome
John Vlah, Holophane Lighting
Mary Vogel, NCAPA
Introductions and Review of Upcoming Events: Sean asked that attendees introduce themselves and then reviewed upcoming events as stated in the GBN meeting announcement.
Clem is based in Washington, DC and is a long-time “Green Investor”. He helps businesses and individuals identify public company’s that promote and are actively beneficial to environmental issues and causes. Follow-up questions included issues related to wind power and other energy alternative companies. For information, please contact Clem at 800-351-4488.
Geothermal heat pump (GHP) technology started with the US Department of Energy, the Electric Utility Industry, and the EPA back in 1984. They are the marketing arm for the GHP industry. They started with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are three major markets that GHP proficiently addresses: government, schools and hospitals, and affordable housing. Specifically here in Maryland, GHP technology is being used in our school system.
What started with a concern for greenhouse gas emissions has now clearly turned to national security and our nation’s dependence on oil and fossil fuels. GHP makes good environmental sense and will reduce oil importation from 55% to potentially 25%. For more information on how GHPs work, their efficiency, and contacts to install in your home or office, please go to their website at http://www.ghpc.org/home.htm.
Marcus began with a brief bio of himself, beginning at the PA Energy Office and then moved into private business. He reviewed the Pennsylvania Green Government Council, and the fact that 5 of the first 15 LEED projects are in Pennsylvania. Currently, 10% of LEED projects are within our neighbor’s border. One example is the Cambria Project, which has received numerous engineering awards and perhaps may reach the LEED Gold Rating. Lastly, Marcus showed a video entitled, “Lessons Learned: The First Years.” The CD-ROM is available upon request and can be accessed at www.ggge.state.pa.us.
Marcus then described the creation of the Green Building Association of Central Pennsylvania (GBACP) and its current direction. Marcus distributed several pieces of information developed by the group, as well as upcoming seminars planned for the fall. If you have any questions or would like more information on what the Seven Group is doing in Pennsylvania, please contact Marcus and his group at http://www.sevengroup.com/7group.html.