Ken Buschle, head of quality control and specifications for Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA), was named to the Green School Task Team by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

The Green School Task Team is a partnership between the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. In its pilot project,the Task Team will facilitate the renovation of James Marlowe Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Pasco County. Once complete, the project will provide the school with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The project was officially announced by the Rays during an on-field pre-game ceremony on Sept. 26. The Rays have committed $10,000 through the Rays Baseball Foundation to support this initiative.

“We are really excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Rays on Team Up for the Environment,” said Buschle, who is also secretary on the executive board of the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. “This pilot project is a tremendous opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of the students at James Marlowe by providing them with a healthy learning environment.”

The USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter serves a 13-county area on the west coast of Florida extending from Citrus County to Collier County. There are three branches within the chapter, located in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Fort Myers.

Since joining GMA in 1988, Buschle has led the company’s over 20-year pursuit for sustainable design. He has implemented environmentally sound practices for a variety of GMA projects and oversees the firm’s LEED certification education program. In addition to his work on the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Buschle is a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition.

For the past 29 years, Gora/McGahey Architects (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, The Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit http://www.gora-mcgahey.com/.