Gala 2012 Award Winners Announced

19-Sep-2012 11:10 AM | Anonymous

US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter Honors Award Winners 
at 10th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner


Morristown, NJ (September 19, 2012) The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) is pleased to congratulate the winners of this year’s Gala Awards to be honored at USGBC NJ’s 10th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner on October 11, 2012. Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability. This year the location is the new Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and the keynote speaker is visionary environmental business leader and advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Cari Lloyd will be our special guest.  

“The Gala is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the individuals and organizations that have made special strides in green building and sustainability in our State,” said Florence Block, USGBC NJ executive director. “Each of these projects embodies the spirit in which USGBC NJ was founded- a spirit of innovation and excellence.”

The 2012 winners are: Community Award: Duke Farms LEED Improvements, Reuse and Renovation Project; Green Ground Breaking Award (tie): CitiLog Newark Urban Sawmill and RPM’s Grand Central Housing; Green Team Award: Center for Lifelong Learning; Municipal/ Public-Private Sector Award: NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium

These projects represent a wide range of topics, from urban green jobs and brownfield redevelopment (CitiLogs) to the first LEED Platinum® special needs school in the country (Center for Lifelong Learning). There’s a network of professionals dedicated to greening NJ schools (NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium) and a forward-thinking affordable housing development (RPM’s Grand Central Housing). Last but not least, a 2,740-acre estate utilizing adaptive reuse and providing public environmental education (Duke Farms Foundation). 

In addition, BASF Corporation and the Rockefeller Group will receive special recognition for their commitment to sustainability with their recently completed project in Florham Park, NJ- BASF’s North American headquarters which is expected to receive LEED® Double Platinum certification*. Only four reported projects in the US have earned multiple LEED Platinum certifications in one building. The BASF HQ in Florham Park is the first LEED Double Platinum- designated facility in New Jersey, and the largest LEED Platinum corporate project in the state. (*Platinum certification is the highest achievement attainable through the LEED green building certification program. BASF is seeking Platinum certification in two phases: one for Core & Shell and another for Commercial Interiors.)

The USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area. For 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. This event celebrates the people, projects and organizations that are transforming NJ into a greener, more sustainable state.
                          
For more information, and to register for the USGBC NJ 10th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner, click here.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, including spots in the Ad Journal.  
                                          
The Gala also has its own Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usgbcnjgala2012

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