The U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter (USGBC Maryland) presented 14 awards, as part of its 9th Annual Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building, last week.
Maryland Energy Administration Chief of Staff, Devon Dodson, was on hand to accept the Leader Award presented to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his work and commitment to make Maryland a greener and healthier place to live, work and play.
The Leadership Award was presented to the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability and Commission on Sustainability for their broad reaching community impact. The program's overarching form of leadership goes beyond providing examples for practices and education by creating a structure to implement sustainable actions.
The Foxcroft School's Stuart Hall was selected by event attendees to receive the People's Choice Award. The project incorporated great end-user engagement into design and green-education components, including students throughout the design and construction process. M&T Bank Stadium received the USGBC Maryland President's Award. Foxcroft School and M&T Bank Stadium also received Project Awards.
Additional Project Award winners included 1901 South Charles Street, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Fallsway Housing and Service Center, Howard Community College- Health Sciences Building, Roger Carter Recreation Community Center, Southeast CDC- Neighborhood Reinvestment Center, The Greens at Irvington Mews, and Union Warf. Anne Hicks Harney, Sustainability Director and Specifications Writer at Ayers Saint Gross, also won a Leader Award.
"It's amazing to see the diversity of people in support of and actively working towards a healthy and sustainable built environment," commented USGBC Maryland's Executive Director, Mary Pulcinella."Wintergreen is a unique opportunity to bring all of these people together to recognize why Maryland is an exemplary state for green building practices."
Wintergreen celebrates, promotes and recognizes excellence in high performance, healthy design and building; environmental stewardship and community impact; and serves to highlight the green building initiatives and achievements of the USGBC Maryland region projects, businesses, chapter members and other vested individuals. The awards ceremony, held at The Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University (a 2012 Wintergreen Award winner), also served as the official launch for USGBC Maryland's 10 BIG IDEAS campaign (www.usgbcmd.org/10BIGIDEAS), celebrating the Chapter's 10th anniversary.
USGBC Maryland is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization, with a mission to use education, advocacy and community outreach to support the development of sustainable buildings and communities. For more information about upcoming programs and events, please visit www.usgbcmd.org.