Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its 2014 Leadership Awards to recognize a group of individuals and organizations whose work has informed the sustainability dialogue in the U.S. and globally. Now in its 10th year, the program has honored individuals including Tom Darden, executive director of sustainable home-building nonprofit Make It Right, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Bob Berkebile, FAIA, principal of BNIM Architects and winner of this year’s Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, which is given by ARCHITECT’s publisher.

The winners of this year’s Leadership Awards represent sustainable design and construction in the arenas of architecture, academia, journalism, and politics. They are: Christine Ervin, president and CEO of the Christine Ervin Company, a green-focused consulting agency based in the Pacific Northwest; David Orr, an environmentalist, author, and professor at Oberlin College in Ohio and the University of Vermont; state Representative Jim DeCesare (R) of Kentucky's House District 21, who co-chairs the Kentucky USGBC chapter's Green Schools Caucus; Lloyd Alter, an adjunct professor at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design in Toronto and the managing editor of; and Tom Paladino, founder and CEO of Paladino and Company in Seattle and who helped found the city’s sustainable-building task force.

The USGBC also announced the Near Westside Initiative in Syracuse, N.Y., as the recipient of the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities. The nonprofit was founded at Syracuse University and fosters community engagement and growth in the city through technology and the arts. Mars was named the recipient of the Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award, named in honor of the late founder and chairman of sustainably minded carpet maker Interface, for its Sustainable in a Generation program that is designed to reduce the environmental impact of the global company's operations.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans next week.