Green Building Learning Collaborative
GBLC Advisory Board
An industry advisory board for the Green Building Learning Collaborative (GBLC) was conceived by the SBE Program Director, Bahar Armaghani in fall of 2014.
This industry advisory board is composed of members of various industries who are global leaders in sustainability. The purpose of this industry advisory board is to help our degree reflect current developments and industry skills requirements, offer students support in leadership and obtaining credentials, and occasionally sponsorship for undergraduate final-year projects.
Collaboration between academia and industry is of course a two-way process. For instance, serving on this board allows these industries to make themselves known to students early in their university careers as a potential employer and enables them to influence and encourage students with their studies and the career opportunities available to them. They are able to help shape course content from an industrial perspective to keep it relevant and interesting so our graduates are very employable at the end of their studies.
Every fall and spring semesters board members participate in our program events include guest lectures, presentations, career showcase, and leadership lecture series. These enable students to develop contacts with companies and to tap into potential partnership and employment opportunities.
Our links and partnerships with industry not only enhance our students’ learning experience, but also make a vital contribution to their successful development.
The board has formed two committees:
- Internship committee
- Fund raising committee
If you are interested in joining this board and contributing to the SBE Program, please contact Bahar Armaghani.
GBLC Faculty Facilitator
Director & Lecturer | Sustainability and the Built Environment | University of Florida
Director | Green Building Learning Collaborative | University of Florida
Executive Board Members
(Listed in order of Chair, Vice Chair, & Secretary)
Kristy M. Walson
PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP
GBLC | Chair
Associate & Sustainability Consultant | TLC Engineering Solutions
GBLC | Vice Chair
Account Executive | Siemens Industry, Inc.
GBLC | Secretary & Fundraising Committee
Founder | SEQUIL Systems Inc.
(Listed alphabetically by surname)
GBLC | Fundraising Committee
Partner | HKS
Robert G. Chronic
PE, CCP, LEED AP
Training Specialist | Eaton Corporation
PE LEED AP, GGA, WELL AP
Sustainable & Wellness Strategy Specialist & Business Development Director | Affiliated Engineers
Founder & CEO | Infinite Energy
CEM, LEED GA
Building Technologies Division | Siemens Industry, Inc.
Randall C. Dragon
LEED AP BD+C
GBLC | Past Vice Chair
Partner | The Dragon Group
PE, LEED Fellow
Director | Smart City Project | City of Orlando
President | Solar Impact, Inc.
Susan R. KlausSmith
RA, RID, AIA
Higher Education Studio Leader | AECOM
PE, CxA, LEED AP
Vice President – Sustainability | EXP
GBLC | Internship Committee
CEO & Founder | Ecomedes
LEED AP, SFP
GBLC | Past Vice Chair & Internship Committee
President | ecoPreserve – Building Sustainability
GBLC | Past Chair
Senior Vice President, Business Development | Coastal Construction of Central Florida
LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
GBLC | Internship Committee
Principal & Director of Certifications and Consulting | Epsten Group, Inc.
GBLC | Geodesign Specialization Advisor
Data Science Practice Leader | Alta Planning & Design
Director | Office of Sustainability
University of Florida