Wells Fargo Bank, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality are among the 2011 Leadership Award winners from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The awards aim to recognize leadership achievement in the public, private, and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors.
This year’s winners will be recognized at a lunch on Oct. 6 during Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This year’s award winners are:
• Organizational Leadership in the Private Sector: Wells Fargo Bank. As long-time users of LEED, Wells Fargo is a participant in the newly launched LEED Volume Program for Operations and Maintenance, committing to pursue high performance for banking and office locations across its portfolio.
• Individual Leadership in the Private Sector: Anthony E. Malkin, Malkin Holdings. According to the USGBC, Malkin has been a leader in existing-building energy-efficiency retrofits, including the recently LEED-certified Empire State Building.
• Organizational Leadership in the Public Sector: Council on Environmental Quality, the White House. The council was recognized for its commitment to advancing the President’s environmental agenda through policy and initiatives.
• Individual Leadership in the Public Sector: Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City. According to the USGBC, New York City has adopted some of the most aggressive green-building legislation in the country through PlaNYC, Bloomberg’s long-term sustainability plan. Bloomberg is also chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which works to strengthen the ability of the largest cities around the world to adopt and implement similar sustainability policies.
• Organizational Leadership in a Non-Governmental Organization: Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin. Dell Children’s was the first LEED Platinum certified hospital in the world.
• Individual Leadership in a Non-Governmental Organization: Kelly Caffarelli, The Home Depot Foundation. According to the USGBC, Caffarelli enabled USGBC to fully engage the affordable-housing community in the development of LEED for Homes. Currently, nearly half of LEED-certified housing units are affordable.
• International Leadership Award: Deutsche Bank. With a companywide goal of carbon neutrality by 2013, Deutsche Bank has worked to reduce its corporate footprint through investing in alternative energies and low-carbon technologies. This past year, the company earned LEED Platinum certification for its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, which is designed to reduce water consumption and CO2 emissions by 74 percent and 89 percent respectively.
• President’s Award: Greg Kats, Capital E, Good Energies; and Lynn Simon, FAIA, LEED AP, Simon & Associates. This award is given in acknowledgement of a distinguished career and exceptional contributions to the green-building movement. According to the USGBC, Kats is the principal author of the most widely cited study on the cost and benefits of green buildings, and is a long-time member of the USGBC community, having served on both the LEED Steering Committee and on the Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. Simon founded her green-building consultancy in 1994 and has served as LEED faculty for more than 10 years, and also has served as a chair and member of several USGBC committees.
• Center for Green Schools Excellence Award by Otis Elevator Company: Jayni Chase, Green Schools Advocate. Chais chairs Green Community Schools, a program of the MGR Foundation. Chase also serves as a member of the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools’ Advisory Board.
For more information on the awards and winners, visit usgbc.org.