WHO WE ARE:

WENDY COOPER'S BIOGRAPHY

Wendy Cooper, LEED AP, and MSW is President of Green Homes & Buildings Pro, Inc. She is a consultant to commercial and residential developers, building teams, homeowners, and government agencies for the high-performance building of new construction, additions, and retrofits. 

She serves as LEED AP to obtain LEED certification on projects via the US Green Building Council. Prior to relocating to Florida to lead a team in the development of a green building project, she was a major contributor to the Baltimore City Green Building Task Force and the Baltimore Environmental Network of Synagogues.  As consultant to the sponsor, the US Green Building Council, she negotiated, coordinated and obtained 26 paying vendors for a green section at the annual 350-vendor event by the Home Builders Association of Maryland. 

She wrote a sustainability column for the acclaimed OPW Magazine and is co-author of the recently published book, "Spirit of Women Entrepreneurs."

She has served on several non-profit boards and was President of Earthome, Inc. that produced the world-renowned film, The Next Industrial Revolution.  She was interviewed for BBS Network Inc., a syndicated radio show, on green building in the public and private sectors and is a member of the Sarasota County Construction & Demolition Project Team.  Wendy was recently elected Co-Chair of the US Green Building Council Myakka River Branch LEED for Homes Committee. Wendy's first career was that of group therapist,  providing her with skills to negotiate for conflict resolution and lead teams to produce results.

GAYE HUKEL'S BIOGRAPHY

As LEED AP and Director of Administration for Green Homes and Buildings Pro, Inc., Gaye has more than 18 years of experience working in the area of sustainable building practices.  She has been an active participant in and/or completed the LEED administration process for 14 LEED projects.  Gaye has extensive knowledge about numerous building systems such as cisterns and solar PV.  In 2009, Gaye was chosen as a select group of candidates to participate in a weeklong process via the GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute), in Washington, DC, to develop the new LEED AP exams for the US Green Building Council.   Prior to her experience on LEED projects, Gaye spent 10 years working with a sustainable community in Arkansas where she collaborated to build housing that incorporated a variety of sustainable methods and gained experience developing green community infrastructure.