The Hanley Foundation, in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council and its Greenbuild International Conference & Expo; EcoHome magazine and Hanley Wood, is proud to announce the launch of the 2011 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. Entering its third year, this annual award honors an individual or organization that demonstrates extraordinary, lasting and far-reaching contributions to the advancement of sustainable housing in the United States. The award winner will receive $50,000, the largest annual grant given for advancing sustainable housing. The 2011 award will be presented at the USGBC Hanley Award Dinner at the Greenbuild Residential Summit in Toronto this October, which has become a magnetic annual event attracting green building leaders from all sectors of the industry.


The search for this year's recipient of The Hanley Award has begun with the naming of the 2011 Nominating Committee and the five-person Judges' Panel, each of which will work through the selection process and announce the winner in July. Last year's award and $50,000 grant were presented to pioneering green building researcher, author, and environmental visionary Alex Wilson, who founded and leads BuildingGreen Inc., publisher of Environmental Building News. Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, was the award's first recipient in 2009.


This year's Nominating Committee includes Mike Bell, president of The Bell Company; Eden Brukman, vice president of the International Living Building Institute; David Bell, director of Building Science at Masco Home Service's Environments of Living program; and Kelsey Mullen, director of Residential Business Development for the U.S. Green Building Council.


The Judges' Panel consists of Michael J. Hanley, creator of the award and president of The Hanley Foundation; Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood; last year's recipient Alex Wilson; Jacob Atalla, senior director of sustainability initiatives at KB Home; and Gail Vittori, co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.


Eligible nominees are residential construction industry professionals, or those working in technical research, product development, educational outreach, environmental advocacy, governmental policy and related areas. Award nominees have made deep, long-standing and influential commitments to sustainability, and significant and lasting contributions to the widespread implementation of environmental building concepts, techniques and innovations in advancing sustainable housing in the United States.


The Hanley Award program and winner will be featured as the cover story in the September issue of EcoHome magazine, on EcoHome's Web site (www.ecohomemagazine.com) and in its weekly e-newsletter, EcoHome Update. The Hanley Award program will also be featured in many of Hanley Wood's other 30 award-winning publications and Web sites.


About The Michael J. Hanley Foundation
The Hanley Foundation supports people and programs working to improve education, health care, the environment and housing, as well as a variety of humanitarian issues. The Foundation was created in 1999 in Washington, D.C., by Michael J. Hanley, co-founder and retired Chairman of Hanley Wood, LLC.


About The U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, 16,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 162,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.


Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.


About The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
The U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry's largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals.


Greenbuild is the three-time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and has been named among Tradeshow Week's Top 200 shows, received TreeHugger.com's Readers' Choice Award for Best Green Event and earned Meeting Professionals International's RISE Award for Organizational Achievement. The 2011 show will be held Oct. 4-7, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Last year's conference in Chicago, Ill drew more than 28,000 attendees and featured more than 1,500 exhibit booths. Visit greenbuildexpo.org for more information. Registration opens in late Spring 2011.


About EcoHome
EcoHome is the green building professional's first choice for information on innovative green products and sustainable building techniques. Its award-winning editorial content dispels the confusion residential construction pros experience in selecting green products and navigating complex standards, while applying the latest sustainable building practices.  


About Hanley Wood, LLC
Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich market data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including Builder, Remodeling, Architect, residential architect and EcoHome. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including Builder, Remodeling and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through ePlans.com and Dream Home Source.
Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is one of the 10 largest B-to-B media companies in the United States. Hanley Wood is owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, which uses CCMP Capital Advisors to manage this investment. Visit www.hanleywood.com for more information.