Florida House Institute Announces Retirement of Founding Executive Director, John Lambie

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 2016 - Sarasota, FL - The Florida House Institute Board of Directors announces the retirement of founding Executive Director, John Lambie.  John will transition into a special projects position, opening the door for a search for the next Executive Director of the Florida House Institute.

As the first green building open to the public in the United States, the Florida House Institute (FHI) has been educating the public and creating new regional markets for energy, water conservation, recycling, and landscape design for close to 25 years. In 2015, with funding from the Toyota Foundation, FHI expanded its programing with its “Home on Earth” Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 5th grade education program that serves 3,500 Sarasota County students annually. Today, the celebrated program takes energy concepts difficult to convey in the classroom, and translates them to students through seven interactive and informative hands-on learning stations, incorporated into the Florida House demonstration home and landscape.

“I am excited to be transitioning into a special projects role at the Florida House,” said John Lambie. “My new position will allow me to focus on my passion for civic learning, and foster a new generation of engaged citizens while assisting our new Executive Director.”

John Lambie, a 30+ year veteran in the field of community planning and sustainable design, will be the driving force of the Florida House Institute’s new Civic Leaning programs. He will also play a significant role in supporting the transition of the organization’s new Executive Director, as they focus on growing the mission and vision of the organization in the community.   

The leadership transition and new executive selection will be managed by a task force, led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tom Franck.  Mr. Franck joined FHI following a highly successful 32 year career in Finance with Colgate Palmolive Company, most recently serving from 2006 through 2014 as Vice President of Finance for Colgate Palmolive, Brazil.  Mr. Franck also led the finance function for Colgate Palmolive in Venezuela, Portugal, Spain, and for the Hawley & Hazel/Colgate Palmolive Co. joint venture in Hong Kong, which covered China and most of Southeast Asia.

“John Lambie was a founding part of the vision of the Florida House Institute, and his leadership has guided our organization to where it is today”, said Mr. Franck. “This transition presents an opportunity for the organization to acknowledge its unique past, while inspiring us to intentionally create a new beginning with ideas and opportunities that we believe will take FHI to even greater heights.”

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MORE ABOUT THE FLORIDA HOUSE INSTITUTE: The Florida House Institute (FHI) was the first green building open to the public in the United States in 1992. The Mission of Florida House Institute is to inspire environmental stewardship and enhance our quality of life through exploration, design, and action. FHI’s demonstration house and surrounding landscape integrates scientific principles and sustainable living practices. FHI envisions a future of engaged communities where sustainability and innovation transform the way we live, work and play.