Meet The Team

Alexa Stone

President

LEED AP O+MSustainable Facility Professional™, ENV SP

As the Founder and President of ecoPreserve, LLC, Alexa Stone oversees an experienced team of credentialed professionals. She and her team provide transformative solutions, optimizing workplace operations while reducing environmental impacts.

Since 2009, Alexa and her team have brought greater sustainability to scores of public, private, and non-profit organizations. The reductions in greenhouse gas emissions documented at those municipalities, companies, and agencies have reached and often surpassed compliance with global climate standards. Clients of this certified woman-owned business have included federal agencies, all levels of government entities, transportation authorities, airports, hospitals, and universities.

Alexa is a speaker, author, and leader. Her work, environmental advocacy, and teaching have supported IFMA’s International Environmental Stewardship, Utilities, and Sustainability Community, the Association of Energy Engineers, Council for Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership, University of Florida’s School of Architecture Sustainability and the Built Environment, and the Smart Electric Power Alliance.

Alexa is a mayoral appointee to GreenWorks Orlando and a founding member of the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance. Her committee chair and board member activities have supported substantial environmental achievements at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Orlando, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Florida Group, and the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).


Oscar Vargas

Vice President

 LEED Green Associate, GBI Guiding Principles Compliance Professional

With over 15 years of experience in strategic partnerships and business development, Oscar serves as Vice President of ecoPreserve where he oversees the multiple functions that sustain and shape the strategic development of the firm. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Oscar has enhanced processes and capabilities across the organization. He developed and implemented a new set of reporting instruments and a new accounting system. He has also developed processes to optimize team productivity and service quality to deliver projects on time, on schedule, and in budget.

Oscar holds a Master of Marketing from the University of New South Wales in Australia, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Rollins College, and Sustainable Business Strategy and Disruptive Innovation program certificates from Harvard Business School Online.


Nate Boyd

Senior Engineer

Nate Boyd is a professional mechanical engineer who has spent his 20+ year career focused on building automation and energy management. He started his career as a teenager working in his family’s business with his dad and four uncles installing BAS and HVAC systems in SW Florida. There he learned the values of hard work, critical problem solving, and customer care. As he progressed through the roles of controls technician, applications engineer, and account manager, he developed a passion for optimizing customers’ BAS experience to make both maintenance and energy efficiency intuitive for his customers. He took this approach with him when he joined the City of Orlando as the city’s energy project manager, where he helped develop the city’s Greenworks municipal operations plan and launched the city’s energy efficiency projects through a strong focus on building automation, HVAC, and LED lighting upgrades. His experiences at the City of Orlando led him into engineering consulting, where he focused on energy audits, commissioning, and developing energy roadmaps for large portfolio clients such as the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Florida Hospital, and his Alma Mater UCF. Nate then joined UCF as the Associate Director of Utilities & Energy Services and later as the Director of Facilities Maintenance. In these roles, he oversaw the teams responsible for the energy management and commissioning activities of all UCF projects, and then the maintenance practices of the trades shops responsible for maintaining the built environment and capital upgrade plans at the sprawling metropolitan campus of over 72,000 students.

Nate has been a volunteer and advocate of ASHRAE for almost 15 years and has served in numerous voluntary leadership and technical roles within ASHRAE, including the roles of Central Florida Chapter President and the UCF ASHRAE Student Branch Advisor. Nate also serves on the UCF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering advisory board, as well as the Valencia College Energy Management & Controls Technology advisory board.

Nate graduated from Valencia College and then the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis on Energy Systems. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering at UCF.


Alberto Brioso

Project Manager

Certified Industrial Hygienist, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, LEED AP BD+C, MSC

With over 19 years in the environmental safety and health profession, Alberto Brioso bears a deep understanding of the synergy between sustainability and health. He has worked in both the public and private sectors during his career and has extensive experience in safety and health consulting. Alberto has also performed hundreds of indoor air quality (IEQ) assessments including IEQ commissioning for LEED projects.

Alberto earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Human Engineering at University of Central Florida(university). He is a Licensed Mold Inspector with the State of Florida and a Certified Industrial Hygienist with broad experience in workplace hazard and exposure assessments for industries of all types.


Jodi Brewer

Sustainability and Resilience Analyst

Jodi is an administrative professional with several years of experience supporting executives in the hospitality and service industries. She is dedicated to supporting the team at ecoPreserve by streamlining systems and optimizing performance across the administrative platform.

Jodi attended Perimeter College at Georgia State University with a focus in Business Administration. She is also a committed volunteer within her local community and school system to lead and execute recycling initiatives and reduce waste.


Kaylee Halberg

Environmental Health and Resiliency Consultant

Kaylee is a driven and passionate leader contributing a decade of experience in program management, regulatory compliance, education, and implementation of multiple environmental protection and preparedness programs.  She is a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner, a Licensed Lead (pB) Risk Assessor, and a ServSafe Food Manager Course Instructor. She holds an Illinois Department of Agriculture General Standards and Pesticide Application certification, and carries many ICS and FEMA certifications such as: Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP), Public Information Officer (PIO), Crisis + Emergency Risk Communication (CERC).


DuWayne Baird

Project Manager

 Construction Documents Technology (CDT), LEED AP BD+C

An accomplished construction and green building professional, DuWayne has performed as Project Administrator and Consultant in close to 50 different LEED certification projects. Those resulted in certification for over 3,300,000 square feet of Retail, Healthcare, K-12 and Higher Education projects.

DuWayne has guided and supported all phases of LEED credit compliance and documentation requirements. His work draws upon thorough understanding of energy efficiency, including the EnergyStar program, 179D Federal Tax Credit Incentives, Utility Energy Efficiency Rebate programs and Green Funding sources.

He led B2B development initiatives at an Ohio electric power company, overseeing creation of the essential documents for engineering review, third-party audits and state regulatory compliance. As one result, customers received $11 million dollars in benefits. During DuWayne’s four years at that utility, 160 million kilowatt hours were saved annually.

Husband and father to four, DuWayne proudly watches his children participate in many sports and activities. His hobbies include home improvement projects, and he enjoys both college and NFL football.


Justin Schwartz

Associate Project Manager

 LEED AP O+M, CAPM, AHERA Asbestos Inspector

Justin is an emerging professional on the ecoPreserve Project Management Team. Driven to create positive change in the world, he uses his project management and consulting expertise on sustainability-focused projects throughout the Central Florida area. Justin is a certified LEED AP O+M, AHERA Asbestos Inspector, and CAPM. At the University of Central Florida, Justin received a BSBA in Integrated Business. This versatile degree gives graduates the soft skills needed to understand businesses at a micro and macro level. Justin’s credentials empower him to develop and implement sustainable strategies.

Justin draws his management experience from grassroots initiatives and service work. He spent many years coordinating a Food Not Bombs kitchen — a grassroots movement that uses second life food waste to create delicious meals for low income and homeless individuals. Justin’s kitchen contributed approximately 8,000 meals over two years. Justin specializes in coordinating front-line workers, management, and public initiatives to inspire successful sustainable strategy and social change.

In Justin’s time at ecoPreserve, he has worked on project approach development and documentation of several LEED certification projects, including the certification of the South Terminal Complex at Orlando International Airport. He has also supported on waste minimization, recycling, and zero waste projects with healthcare and public university clients.

Justin hopes to continue to drive environmental, social, and economic change through his contributions to the sustainability industry.


Britta Brown

Sustainability and Resilience Intern

Britta is a young sustainability professional with experience interning for an environmental non-profit (IDEAS for Us) and working for local government (Orange County FL). At Orange County, her work centered around green space planning, E-mobility, and data analysis. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development from Rollins College in May 2022. Britta is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Urban, Energy, and Environmental Planning with a specialization in Cities and Sustainability at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark.


Michael Kuk

Commissioning and Energy Management Services Provider

 LEED AP BD+C, CxA, CPMP, OPMP, BEAP

Michael Kuk brings his clients 25 years’ experience providing building system optimization services. He has commissioned over 100 new and existing buildings, performing energy efficiency studies on hundreds more. His more than 90 LEED projects have ranged from Certified to Platinum. Beyond commissioning, he provides cost-reducing energy management services that include auditing, rate analysis, Energy Star® Benchmarking, and specialized HVAC analysis.

After graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (BS MET), Michael provided energy optimization services to commercial and industrial services for Exelon Corporation, then led Commissioning and Energy Efficiency teams as Technical Director at a Chicago based energy services consulting firm. He also taught a Building Operator Certification (BOC) program that provided energy management, conservation, and building optimization skills to building facility managers and engineers.


Neha Walani

MPA, Sustainability Specialist

Neha has eight years of experience in climate action, solid waste management, solar energy, sustainable agriculture, green construction, and biodiversity conservation. She has worked with leading environmental research and advocacy organizations in India and the United States, such as Greenpeace International. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She recently finished the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellowship, where she helped the City of Orlando build their greenhouse gas inventory and climate adaptation plan.


Mary Jo Anderson

Client Coordinator

An advocate for building health and wellness, Mary Jo consults with management and facility stakeholders about strategies for infectious disease control. Based on the needs expressed by those leaders, Mary Jo answers questions and shares strategies for air quality optimization and surface disinfection. She researches the ever-changing best practices of emergency preparedness training, PPE, and safe chemical application. She holds a certificate in COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins University.

Mary Jo brings ecoPreserve more than five years of experience as a Security Analyst. While at Lockheed-Martin, she verified project security and safety compliance and trained staff analysts.


George Pond

Communications Manager

With over 20 years of experience in technical writing and internet development, George provides social media and website content for ecoPreserve. In 17 years at Walt Disney World Co., he wrote program documentation and planned data architecture for enterprise-scale applications. As a Business Solutions Analyst at Magic Kingdom Park, George initiated technology projects for over 300 managers and executives. He led FoxPro programming classes and taught Traditions I at Disney University.

An experienced training developer, George wrote training programs for the U.S. Army, Computer Sciences Corporation, Sandy Corporation, and Fortune 500 clients nationwide. He is the author of A Job-Seeker’s Handbook for Social Media and the online course which accompanies it.

AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

Tools tailored to location and need

Disaster resilience requires a select toolset, identified, adapted, or created as needed based on planning calls and inclusive workshop participation.

Business and government organizations today are confronted by threat categories that range from drought to flood, from fire to hurricane, and extend globally to pandemics and sea level rise. Threat categories are broad and diverse, but ecoPreserve and collaborating organizations design resiliency tools for specific local context.

Local needs are identified and verified. Building from that essential understanding, tools are designed, tested in pilot programs, refined, then implemented through action plans.

Today's challenges/
tomorrow's potential

ecoPreserve collaborates with major community and private organizations in optimizing the resiliency and resource efficiency of their workplaces, venues, and public spaces.

In response to ever-increasing environmental, sociopolitical, and public health challenges, we advocate for and participate in assessment and planning actions that directly address disaster preparations, recovery activities, infrastructure improvements, and smart building/city design.

Online and in-person workshops

ecoPreserve designs and leads workshops in varied formats, to achieve varied goals.

Often an event is held for skill and knowledge development, but some needs of an organization or community are better resolved through collaboration to identify requirements and to design solutions. A range of Disaster Resilience workshops are available for solutions planning and development, as well as for training and communication.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

  • Identify technical and business process gaps
  • Define stakeholders, recovery teams, and processes/functionalities necessary for operation
  • Highlight missed expectations from a data loss and recovery time perspective
  • Address compliance with regulatory agencies and industry standards
Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

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Facility Condition Report

The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:

  • PHYSICAL CONDITION
    • General condition of the building, grounds, and appurtenances
    • Physical deficiencies, their significance, and suggested remedies
    • Photographs
    • Safety issues observed
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD POTENTIAL
  • OPPORTUNITIES
    • Potential operating efficiencies
    • Electricity and water use reductions
    • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting
  • ORDER OF MAGNITUDE RENOVATION BUDGET
    • Recommended interior finishes
    • Construction costs

Risk Mitigation Improvements

  • IAQ
    • Airflow
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC EQUIPMENT
    • Settings
    • Conditions
    • Capability
    • Filtration
  • FLOORPLAN
    • Traffic patterns
  • FURNISHINGS
    • Placement for social distancing
    • Clear barriers where social distancing is not possible

Interior Elements

  • Foundation
  • Building frame and roof
  • Structural elements
    • Floors, walls, ceilings
    • Access and egress
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC equipment and ductwork
  • Utilities
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Safety and fire protection

Grounds and Appurtenances

  • Façades or curtainwall
  • Topography
  • Storm water drainage
  • Paving, curbing, and parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping
  • Recreational facilities
Here's how to request further information. Thank you for reaching out!

AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

An OPTIMIZED Assessment

Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.

Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.

How should a facility be ASSESSED?

A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.

The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.