Greene Building Task Force

Overview and Charge

The Green Building Task Force is charged to investigate and evaluate the latest "green building" policies, procedures and ordinances, and to recommend their application to regional development.

Specific Tasks

  • Better understand the current City and County development processes and current level of "green building" knowledge of staff.
  • Analyze the City's and the County's permit processes pertaining to green building techniques, recommend any modifications to these processes to better accommodate "green building" projects, and recommend whether "green building" projects should receive higher priority than other projects in the queue.
  • Research and recommend "green building" guidelines/standards and codes to be used in the City and County among the competing standards/certification (e.g., LEED, Green Globes, NAHB, etc). Research should include, but not be limited to, Springfield's benchmark cities and Greene County's benchmark counties.
  • Analyze the potential impact of pending/proposed federal/state construction regulations on green building projects (and other construction projects).
  • Research costs/benefits of "green building" and recommend a formula or criteria to help determine when "green building" techniques are cost appropriate. The task force should help develop or recommend an existing baseline model or formula that allows developers to measure the impact of green building techniques, including, but not limited to, energy use, water use, facility destruction, facility construction, site issues, and waste going to the landfill.
  • Recommend whether the City and County should provide any type of incentive (monetary or otherwise) to encourage /accelerate consideration to development of green building projects within our community and, if so, how these incentives should be funded/provided.
  • Develop a community education campaign targeted at both the development community and consumers that will raise the awareness of the economics of green building practices.


Articles Across the Web

Green Building Task Force Members
Name Role/Representing
Barber, Jeff Ozarks Green Building Coalition
Brady, Neil Ozarks Chapter – MSPE
Coltrin, King Springfield Contractors Association
Cox, Melissa EAB representative
Drew-Alton, Lisa Citizen representative/Greene County
Fox, Emily Citizen representative/City of Springfield
Hainline, Jason AIA Springfield
Headland, Ronda American Planning Association
Hill, Harlan Southwest Missouri Code Official
Kielhofner, Brad Higher education Environmental Science program
Lucks, Barbara Chair/Facilitator (City/County)
McClure, Jennifer Home Builders Association
Miller, Zach Springfield Board of Realtors
Nesbitt, Michael Construction Specifications Institute
Rasmussen, Jared DIIG representative
Thomas, Joel U.S. Green Building Council

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