The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently recognized seven of its nearly 80 local chapters with the council’s Annual Chapter Awards of Excellence.
The awards, presented at the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, are given to chapters that excel in providing local green-building outreach and education and in fostering best practices in the green-building community, the council said.
The four award categories include: Advocacy & Influence; Community; Education; and Organizational Excellence. The awards are sponsored each year by USGBC national member Milliken & Company.
Advocacy & Influence Award: The Cincinnati Regional Chapter received the Advocacy & Influence award for a small chapter. The USGBC said the chapter “cultivated a strong relationship with the Mayor of Cincinnati, who has since signed on to the Mayors’ Alliance for Green Schools, and helped move the state of Ohio one step closer to implementing legislation requiring LEED Silver Certification, plus 30% energy efficiency, for any state-funded project."
Award of Excellence in the Community: The Award of Excellence in the Community, large-chapter category, went to the Chicago Chapter for its work on the Urban Open/New Horizons Community Garden project, a collaborative effort with area high school students, community members, and local volunteers on the design and construction of a sustainable, indoor/outdoor facility in Chicago’s East Garfield Park.
The Vermont Green Building Network received the Award of Excellence in the Community, small chapter category, for leading an innovative website project involving the Vermont Green Home Alliance. The project resulted in the launch of a critical resource where individuals from regions throughout the state could interact, educate and share information on various residential rating systems, the USGBC said.
The St. Louis Chapter received an honorable mention in the Community large-chapter category for its Growing Green Awards, which recognize individuals, groups, organizations, and companies that are transforming the built environment into a healthier place to live, work, and play.
Education Award: The James River Green Building Council in central Virginia received the large-chapter Education Award of Excellence for creating and implementing educational programs that present wide-audiences with unique opportunities to get involved, including the “Green Spaces” design competition, LEED workshops and events, Eco-Building Tours, and organizational partnerships. The South Carolina Chapter won the award for a small chapter as a result of the development of “high-level, consistent, and impactful educational programs” that allowed each of the chapter’s four branch regions to provide LEED and green-building learning and community-building at a grassroots level.
The Chicago Chapter received an honorable mention in the Education large-chapter category for its commitment to elevating the level of its educational content with data critical to measuring the performance of green buildings.
Organizational Excellence Award: The Delaware Valley Green Building Council received the Organizational Excellence for significantly increasing organizational efficiency, transparency, and communication; developing a strategic plan to advance program and advocacy goals; and investing in a new website with a rigorous data, event, and committee-management system. The Georgia Chapter won the award in the small-chapter category for its successful merger of the state’s two existing entities in Atlanta and Savannah, forming one, balanced organization focused on green building market transformation across the entire state of Georgia.
More information: www.usgbc.org/chapters.