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James City County Green Building Design Roundtable Kick-off Meeting

Date: February 26, 2008
Contact: Steven W. Hicks, Manager of Development Management


Phone: (757) 253-6674



Continuing County efforts to promote green practices is one goal of County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Kennedy, Stonehouse District. To start the dialogue, a kick-off meeting for the Green Building Design Roundtable is scheduled for March 2, at 4 p.m. in the Government Complex Building C. The Roundtable group, comprised of 26 members from the private sector, James City County and W-JCC school, will be challenged to foster and promote the use of green building practices for public and private facilities in James City County. Meetings are scheduled on the 1st Monday of each month at 4 p.m.


The Roundtable group will look at a variety of best green building practices for public and private facilities that emphasize on being more responsible with energy and natural environment. “I want to express my appreciation to the Roundtable participants for taking the time to participate on this very important effort and to find ways to promote more sustainable design and construction in both the public and private sector,” said Kennedy. “I look forward to participating on the Roundtable and providing the support to ensure that sustainable design is implemented within our community.”


James City County is recognized in leading by example in the areas of environmental and energy stewardship. In September 2007 the Board unanimously adopted the “U.S. Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration” and was recognized by the Virginia Municipal League’s “Green Government” Certification. In January 2004, the Board passed a resolution on the Reduction of Transportation Petroleum Use. “The James City County Board of Supervisors has demonstrated their strong leadership through initiatives that shapes our vision for our future,” said Sandy Wanner,
County Administrator. “One of James City County’s Strategic Directions is steward the natural environment and historic heritage.”


“When you look at our current ordinances and policy requirements, James City County is already incorporating some of the key green building practices when it comes to site development by reducing site disturbance, tree clearing and reducing erosion and stormwater runoff,” said Steven Hicks, Manager of Development Management. “Now the goal is to look at sustainable buildings that use energy, water, materials, and land much more efficiently than typical buildings such as those
certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program,” said Hicks.


“When the Roundtable meets, it is my hope we establish best green building practices that creates a healthy, sustainable community, but also, James City County becomes recognized as a“Green Community” that will create jobs at the same time,” said Kennedy.


To develop and promote green building best practices to be used for public and private facilities in James City County.


Private Sector Participants:
1. Bill Strack, Henderson Inc
2. Tim Isom, Wal-Mart Distribution Center 6088
3. Kevin Wills, McDonough Bolyard Peck (MBP)
4. Michael Brown, Michael C. Brown Custom Builders
5. Andrew Cronan, Guernsey Tingle Architects
6. Suzy Cheely, Busch Gardens
7. Tim Mills, TAM Consultants
8. Richard Costello, AES Consulting Engineers
9. Matt Leffler, GVA Advantis
10. Robert Magoon, Jr., Magoon Associates
11. Tom Belden, Belden Landscaping
12. Robert Duckett, Peninsula Housing and Builders Association
13. Jack Van Kniest, Van Kniest
14. Shereen Hughes, Former JCC Planning Commissioner


Public Sector Participants:
1. James Kennedy, JCC Board of Supervisor
2. Rich Krapf, JCC Planning Commission
3. Bob Becker, W-JCC
4. Doug Murrow, JCC Code Compliance
5. Jennifer Privette, JCC Solid Waste and Recycling
6. Bernie Farmer, JCC Capital Projects
7. Steven Hicks, JCC Development Management
8. Rick Hanson, JCC Office of Housing & Community Development
9. Ellen Cook, JCC Planning
10. Scott Whyte, JCC Landscaping/Planning
11. Michael Vergakis, JCSA
12. Cheryl Waldren, JCC Development Management


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