BYLAWS OF THE FLORIDA SOLAR ENERGY CENTER ADVISORY BOARD
ARTICLE I: VISION AND OBJECTIVES
The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is the Legislatively-chartered, state university system, energy research institute for the State of Florida. FSEC is recognized for its excellence in energy research, technology development and transfer, educational activities, and testing and certification programs. The Center’s vision – Energy Independence for Florida – focuses on the critical long-term goal of increasing the efficient use of energy and applying alternative energy resources to bring real benefits to the citizens of Florida in the form of economic savings and a cleaner healthier environment. FSEC’s leadership and unique expertise, experience and infrastructure will produce the results required to bring this vision to fruition.
The Florida Solar Energy Center Advisory Board, hereafter referred to as the Board, is to be representative of the energy interests of the people of Florida. The Board shall be established by the Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center. The University of Central Florida Vice President for Research or his or her designee shall act as an ex officio member.
The FSEC Advisory Board shall:
- Review and make recommendations to the FSEC Director on the operations, budget, policy and planning for the Florida Solar Energy Center.
- Provide a forum for coordination and reporting on energy-related activities throughout Florida and the United States.
- Make recommendations to the appropriate agencies, institutions or individuals on energy activities or projects beneficial to the use of energy in the most efficient and least polluting manner for Florida.
- Perform other appropriate energy-related activities or tasks as requested by the Chairman of the Board, the Director of FSEC or the UCF Vice President for Research.
ARTICLE II: MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
Section 1. Annual Meeting. The Board will meet at least annually at a date to be specified by the Chairman of the Board or the Director of FSEC.
Section 2. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be held at the call of the Chairman of the Board or the Director of FSEC, or by written request of 50 percent of the members of the Board.
Section 3. Meeting Notice. A written notice of each meeting, whether annual or special, shall be e-mailed or sent to each member of the Board at his or her usual place of business or residence no less than 10 days prior to the meeting date.
Section 4. Meeting Minutes. Meeting minutes will be kept for each meeting of the Board. These minutes will be provided to the Director of FSEC, the UCF Vice President for Research and the Board members. A secretary will be appointed to record the minutes of each meeting.
Section 5. Quorum. Attendance of 25% of Board members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 6. Voting. Every member of the Board in good standing, or their designee, shall have the right and be entitled to one vote, upon every proposal properly submitted to vote at any meeting of the Board.
ARTICLE III. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. Purpose. An Executive Committee may be appointed to conduct Board business during time periods when the Board is not scheduled to meet.
Section 2. Executive Committee Members. The Executive Committee shall consist of four members, being the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board and two Board members appointed by the Chairman.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERS OF BOARD
Section 1. Members of the Board. Members of the Board shall be appointed by the Director of FSEC. Membership of the Board will change with time and will reflect in its membership the appointment of individuals or organizations that can help FSEC best achieve its vision, future and programmatic success. Possible types of Board members are individuals from universities, the energy industry, the home building industry, the electrical utilities, design and consulting professions, the Energy Office, the Legislature, education, and any other appropriate areas or organizations related to energy activities in Florida.
Members of the Board may be from outside Florida. The total number of Board members should not exceed 40 members.
Section 2. Terms. Members of the Board shall serve a four-year term, commencing January 1. Members may serve multiple terms.
Section 3. Duties of the Board. The Board shall take the appropriate action to accomplish objectives stated in Article I.
Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the method of Section 1. The person appointed to a vacancy shall serve the remainder of the vacated term.
Section 5. Officers. The Chairman of the Board and Vice Chairman shall be elected by the Board and serve a two-year term. Officers may serve more than one term. Upon the completion of the Chairman’s term, the Vice Chairman will become Chairman and a new Vice Chairman will then be elected. The candidates for Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be selected by a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of the current Chairman and all past chairmen and current Executive Board members not to exceed nine Board members. The candidates chosen by the Nominating Committee or nominated at the meeting from the floor shall be submitted to the Board for a vote.
Section 6. Power to Appoint Committees. The Chairman shall have the power to appoint Standing or Ad Hoc Committees.
ARTICLE V. RULES OF ORDER
“Robert’s Rules of Order” shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters of procedure not specifically covered by these bylaws.
ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENTS
The Board may later amend, revise, add to, repeal or rescind these bylaws and/or adopt new bylaws at pleasure by a majority vote of the members of the Board at any of its meetings, provided that the amendments are consistent with the guidelines under which the Board was established. Notice of the proposed alteration, amendment, revision, addition, repeal or rescission of the bylaws or adoption of new bylaws must be given at least 20 days preceding the meeting.