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The search for this year’s recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing kicked off March 10 with the naming of the 2010 Nominating Committee and the Judges’ Panel, which will each work through the selection process and announce the winner in July. The Hanley Award is co-sponsored by The Hanley Foundation, EcoHome, and EcoHome’s parent company, Hanley Wood. Last year’s award and its $50,000 grant were presented at the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to pioneering architect, professor, and visionary Edward Mazria, who founded and leads the nonprofit Architecture 2030. The 2010 award will be presented at the USGBC Hanley Award Dinner during the Greenbuild Residential Summit in Chicago in November.

This year’s Nominating Committee includes Phil Crone, director of green building programs for the HBA of Greater Dallas; Jean Dimeo, chief editor of EcoHome Online; Don Carr, of the NAHB Research Center; and two of last year’s nominees, Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, principal of Michelle Kaufmann Studio, and Gail Vittori, co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.

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 Edward Mazria; Nate Kredich, USGBC’s vice president for residential market development; and Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for Pardee Homes.

In addition to the candidates to be submitted by this year’s 2010 committee, three of last year’s finalists were chosen by the judges to be carried over to the 2010 competition: Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen, Dennis Creech of the Southface Energy Institute, and Rob Hammon of Consol.