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US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner:
2013 Award Winners Announced
Morristown, NJ (September 16, 2013) The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) is celebrating its 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner on October 9, 2013 at the beautiful New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. We are pleased to welcome the Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ back as our keynote speaker and also as an honoree. We are also honoring the Hampshire Real Estate Companies for their accomplishments in the Sustainability arena as a developer. Our Master of Ceremonies this year is Edward Walsh, PE, Principal & Managing Director of Project Management, Avison Young.
Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability. Previous honorees include: Colgate Global Technology Center; PNC Bank; NJ Economic Development Authority; Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Duke Farms; CitiLog Newark Urban Sawmill; Stafford Park; Homeless Solutions; BASF Corporation and the Rockefeller Group.
The 2013 Gala Award winners are:
• Corporate Culture of Sustainability & Best Practices:
o Panasonic Corporation of North America
o Prudential Real Estate Investors
• Urban Green Project: The Edge Mixed Use Building in Hoboken (Steven Winter Associates)
• Suburban Green Project:
o Center 78 (Normandy Real Estate Partners)
o Wyndham Worldwide LEED Certified Campus
• Not For Profit - Commercial: The Bolger Community Center (Peter Wells Architects, LLC)
• Not For Profit - Residential: Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development (Vantage Health System, Inc.)
• Special Impact Award - Education: Leadership for Sustainable Schools (NJ School Boards Association)
• Honorable Mention: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield - NJ Headquarters
• Honorable Mention - Residential Resiliency: Holmes-Rulli Residence (Designs for Life LLC)
“These winners represent a wide range of the best practices in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer,” said Florence Block, USGBC NJ Executive Director. “We are proud to be recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of the professionals, projects and organizations that are transforming NJ into a more sustainable state impacting economics, health and the environment.”
Among their many accomplishments, the award winners and those receiving honorable mentions, contribute to the diversity of the USGBC NJ mission and serve as role models to others in our community and business world. They are ‘paying it forward’ by educating the public and/or landowners/clients in the principles of sustainable design and the LEED® programs. These inspiring projects span a wide range of topics, including: the renovation and upgrade of a landmark barn into a new ambulance core and community meeting space (The Bolger Community Center); a LEED Gold housing project for those with special needs (mentally ill and/or homeless) (Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development); corporations investing in green buildings to not only improve their bottom lines, but also to serve as an example to customers, clients, and other businesses (Wyndham Worldwide/ Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield); and working collaboratively to improve the environmental health and operations of NJ schools, making them safer and more cost-effective places to learn and work (New Jersey School Boards Association). CLICK HERE FOR THE AWARD WINNER DESCRIPTIONS & PROJECT PHOTOS.
Mayor Booker is also this year’s keynote speaker. Mayor Booker took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory and was re-elected to a second term in 2010. Elected with a clear mandate for change, Mayor Booker has begun work on realizing a bold vision for the city. Newark’s mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshalling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families. Mayor Booker is also currently running for US Senate.
The USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the networking event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area. Registration is available at www.usgbcnj.org/events. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, including spots in the Ad Journal. You can also find the Gala on Facebook at USGBCNJGALA. Also be on the lookout for Gala-specific info via #NJGala2013.
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LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a trademark of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Platinum certification is the highest achievement attainable through the LEED green building certification program which encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.
About the U.S. Green Building Council - New Jersey Chapter
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. There are over 3,000 LEED® accredited professionals in NJ and over 900 LEED® registered and 300 certified projects in New Jersey, plus over 2000 certified LEED Homes.
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+ individual members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community. Currently, USGBC NJ is providing grant-funded green building and resiliency education to NJ businesses.