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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jan. 28, 201904:50 AM EST

North Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce debuts

Organization is led by former estate planning attorney.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The North Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce debuted last week at a reception at the Museum of Science & History.

The North Florida Green Chamber is a regional networking organization for businesses, community agencies and nonprofits that emphasize green and sustainable business practices.

The organization is led by executive director Christina Kelcourse, a Florida Coastal School of Law graduate who began practicing elder and estate law and estate planning in 2006.

The organization is governed by a six-member board of directors, including attorney Kelly Karstaedt, a partner at Karstaedt & Stanko.

Kelcourse said she discovered her interest in environmental sustainability through her practice.

“Right out of law school, I was managing millions of dollars for people who wanted to invest in green companies,” said Kelcourse, who left law practice in favor of environmental advocacy.

The goal for the North Florida chapter is to educate business owners about the advantages of “being green” and promote those practices.

“We also want to develop a strong following of consumers who want to support sustainable businesses,” she said.

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Photo from left, Mary Tappouni, North Florida Green Chamber Executive Director Christina Kelcourse, Michelle Thatcher, CEO of the U.S. Green Chamber and Florida Green Building Coalition Executive Director C.J. Davila.


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