As faithful readers know, here at ECO-STRUCTURE, we focus on recognizing structures that achieve excellence in both design and environmental performance on an ongoing basis. Once a year, however, we take time to celebrate and recognize some of the industry’s most successful work with our annual Evergreen Awards competition. Now is your chance: The 2011 Evergreen Awards competition is now open for entry. This year’s competition features a couple of changes. First, new catgories. This year, our traditional commercial category, Ecommercial, has split into two new categories: Ecommercial, New Construction and Ecommercial, Existing Buildings. Over the past couple of years, our jurors have discussed the challenges of judging new construction projects alongside a renovation, retrofit, or adaptive reuse projects, and we listened, modifying our category to better reflect project types in the green building industry. Our other categories, Greenhouse (highlighting environmentally responsible, high-performing residential projects); On the Boards (focusing on unbuilt projects); and Perspective (recognizing individual practitioners in the green building industry) remain in place.

Second, new deadlines. Each year, we formally recognize our Evergreen Award winners in print, online, and in person with a luncheon and presentation that is held concurrent to Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. As many in the industry already know, this year’s show is scheduled to be more than a month earlier than years past (2011 dates: Oct. 5-7 in Toronto, Canada). As a result, our deadlines for entry have also shifted. This year, entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on May 31. Late entries will be accepted after 5 p.m. on the 31st through 5 p.m. on June 3, but a late fee of $50 will apply.

Other rules and regulations remain the same in 2011. The competition remains open to architects, contractors, designers, developers, and other building professionals practicing in the U.S., Canada or Mexico, but projects may be located anywhere in the world. Structures that have won other industry awards are eligible; projects that have won past Evergreen awards, however, are not. This year, built projects must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2007, and 12 months of performance data such as energy and water consumption is strongly encouraged.

Judging for this year’s competition will take place in summer 2011, when an independent panel of building professionals from across the country will review all entries. Winners will be notified by Sept. 1. In addition to being feted during Greenbuild, our 2011 winners will be featured in ECO-STRUCTURE’s September/October issue and online at

Think your project has what it takes to take home this year’s top honors? For more information on this year’s competition, as well as links to winners of the past three competitions, visit