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USGBC NJ Chapter Announces 13th Annual Emerald Awards Recipients

30-Sep-2015 11:16 AM | Anonymous


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US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter 

Announces 13th Annual Emerald Awards Recipients

Morristown, N.J. (September 30, 2015) - The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) today announced the recipients of its 13th Annual Emerald Awards. Each year, USGBC NJ recognizes and presents the distinguished awards to companies and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.

The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 13th Annual Emerald Awards Ball on Friday, October 30. The black-tie masquerade ball will be held at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University. 


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The 2015 award winners are:

Innovative Sustainability Initiative: NJ School Boards Association and NJ Department of Education - New Jersey Green Program of Study

Not For Profit Green Project: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s  Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education - LEED-NC Platinum

Suburban Green Project – Residential: 45 Linden Lane - Princeton, NJ – LEED for Homes Platinum

Suburban Green Project – Commercial: Munich Re Plaza 3 - Conference & Fitness Center - LEED-CI Platinum

Urban Green Project: Hudson County Community College Library Building - LEED- NC Silver

Corporate Culture: Realogy Corporate Headquarters - LEED-CI Gold


• PSE&G Customer Service Center - LEED-CI Silver (Corporate Culture, Commitment)

• Montclair State University Sustainability Center: Inspired by Earthship (Environmental Club at Montclair State)

“These champions for the environment exemplify the best in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “I am truly inspired by these award winners.”

“Our annual Gala is a great networking event, an important fundraiser, and a terrific celebration of achievements in our state,” stated USGBC NJ Board Chair Faith Taylor, SVP Corporate Social Responsibility at Wyndham Worldwide. “The highlight of the evening is honoring the winners of these juried awards. We are extremely proud to be casting a spotlight on these innovative projects. They are helping to transform New Jersey into a more sustainable state.” 

Previous award honorees include: Colgate Global Technology Center; PNC Bank; NJ Economic Development Authority; Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Hampshire Real Estate Companies; L’Oréal USA Research & Innovation; Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters; Harrison Green from Paterson Habitat for Humanity; MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper; Wyndham Worldwide; Panasonic Corporation; Prudential Real Estate Investors; BASF Corporation; the Rockefeller Group; and Senator Cory Booker. 

This year’s inspiring projects span a wide range of topics and boast some impressive achievements. These include: 

Englewood Cliffs-based top honoree LG Electronics USA has taken its environmental commitment to the next level – launching its new North American Headquarters LEED Platinum building project, with strong support from local conservation groups, and transforming its corporate culture by implementing a number of noteworthy voluntary sustainability practices aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.  


In 2010, The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) applied for the federal program to create the NJ Green Program of Study (NJGPOS) for emerging green careers. The innovative NJGPOS developed curriculum, trained teachers for 7 pilot schools, and developed partnerships between industry, K-12 state agencies and higher education to foster and promote exemplary programs in Sustainable Design, Energy and Construction. In 2014, after a leading role by the NJCCVTS, the partnership expanded when the NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA) assumed the management of the NJGPOS working closely with the NJ Department of Education to recruit new schools, continue training for teachers, and enhance the existing curriculum.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education: A renovation and expansion of an Environmental Center on the Watershed's 930-acre preserve with a reorganized site and administrative, educational, and research facilities demonstrating sustainable strategies for water, energy and material use.

45 Linden Lane, the first LEED Platinum home in Princeton, NJ, is architect Kirsten Thoft's own home, which has educated and inspired thousands of people both locally and nationally about the beautiful possibilities of green design.

Munich Re Plaza 3 - Conference & Fitness Center: The LEED Platinum facility serves the needs of 1,000 employees at Munich's Plainsboro Campus while celebrating the success of the company with first-class function, appearance and sustainable strategies that were implemented throughout the conference and fitness center.

The new Library and Academic Building will provide Hudson County Community College (HCCC) with a “gateway” presence in the Downtown Journal Square district of Jersey City. Incorporating the latest teaching and communication technologies, it will provide an accessible haven for learning, teaching, and research at HCCC.

Realogy’s Corporate Headquarters: Realogy is committed to conducting business that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, from their solid business ethics, their commitment to local communities, their iThrive employee wellness program, to their environmental stewardship as exemplified in their LEED Gold Certified Corporate Headquarters, Realogy has demonstrated success in operating a truly sustainable company.


PSE&G is redesigning their customer service centers to provide a sustainable environment in which to accommodate the daily influx of the public.

Montclair State University Sustainability Center: Inspired by Earthship (Environmental Club at Montclair State): The first Earthship-inspired building ever constructed on a University Campus will not only help Montclair State University reach its goal of going carbon neutral by 2050, but the living structure will educate upcoming generations about how to live their lives by creating a sustainable society.

USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala also will feature a silent auction to give attendees a fun way to help support USCGB’s mission. Items will be displayed on the USGBC NJ website prior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com

USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.  

“When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org

REGISTRATION is available here. 

Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2015.



The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.


More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter

The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,500+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community. 

There are 4,910 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 985 LEED registered and 434 certified projects in New Jersey*, plus over 2,625 certified LEED Homes.

*As of August 13, 2015

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