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USGBC NJ Announces Student Gala Award Winners

12-Oct-2015 11:43 AM | Anonymous


Contact: Cathleen Cronon


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US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter 

Announces Student Award Winners


Morristown, N.J. (October 12, 2015) - The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) today announced the recipients of its annual Student Awards.  Each year USGBC NJ recognizes two groups of students – one in K-12, and one in Higher Education – that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in sustainability.

The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 13th Annual Emerald Awards Masquerade 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. 

2015 Winners:  

Tag Quijano, junior, Princeton Day SchoolBicycle-powered Rain Water Pump

Higher EducationStevens Institute of TechnologySURE HOUSE

Bicycle-powered Rain Water Pump

The project is a bicycle powered water pump that moves water from a rain barrel connected to the Princeton Day School outdoor classroom’s roof into the school’s garden.  Students operate the bike to pump the water, and while doing so participate in sustainable irrigation practices without the need for electricity. Additional NJ schools will have bikes installed this fall, and Tag has even designed a 3D printer version, and has interest from schools around the US. 

For more information on the bicycle-powered water pump or to see it in action, please go to www.bike.tagquijano.com.  


Considered a new direction in storm resilient coastal housing, the 1960s-style modern beach cottage utilizes building science, renewable energy technologies, and fiber-composite materials repurposed from the boat building industry to create a dwelling that is “armored” against extreme weather and uses 90% less energy than its conventional cousins that can also be a hub for emergency power in the neighborhood.  Inspired by the impacts of Superstorm Sandy, the SURE HOUSE is Stevens Tech’s entry in the 2016 US DOE Solar Decathlon. 

More information on the house can be found at www.surehouse.org, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SureHouseSD

“These students are truly advocates of a future that includes sustainable practices,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “Their conceptualization and innovation hopefully offers a glimpse into a future that includes more green thinking, which should continue to be recognized, fostered and continually encouraged.”      

“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.” 

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). 



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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