Council Honors Green Building Leaders

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized outstanding leaders in green building with Leadership Awards at an awards ceremony held during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each year awards are given in fives categories: Green Building Business, Local/Regional Leadership, Green Public Service-Government and Non-Government, and USGBC Leadership.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – November 20, 2003 [] Toyota Motor Sales, USA, received the Green Building Business Award for their commitment to a Global Earth Charter which mandates a reduction of their environmental impact in not only the automobiles they produce, but in every aspect of their business. Through Toyota’s Real Estate and Facilities Department (RE&F), the Process Green initiative was born, which established the outline for identifying eco-friendly objectives and provides a guide for the RE&F’s environmental policy. The resulting development of the South Campus facility in Torrance, California is a 630,000-square foot facility that serves as the new home for the Toyota USA’s Customer Service and Financial Service Centers. The project boasts an energy savings of 58 percent over California Title 24 2001 requirements, including a 536 kW photovoltaic (PV) array on the building roofs that produces 27 percent of the total regulated energy load. Penny Bonda, of L.C. Clark Publishing Company, received the distinguished USGBC Leadership Award for her dedication to green design and development. As a former USGBC Board member, she sits on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Steering Committee and committees for LEED Core & Shell and Chair of the LEED for Commercial Interiors. Her experience with interior design has been instrumental in the development of the soon to be released LEED for Commercial Interiors Green Building Rating System. Bonda is also a member of the USGBC training faculty contributing to over 4,000 people trained on the LEED Green Building Rating System. Bonda is a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (FASID), the highest honor given by the society. The Green Public Service Award given to a government agency was awarded to Austin Energy, of Austin, Texas, for its Green Building Program, a community resource that promotes sustainable building through consumer marketing and education, and technical training of building professionals. The goal of the program is to reduce peak kWh of energy generation demand and has served as a model for similar programs developed nationwide. Austin Energy, a municipally owned public utility, has adopted green building standards for public facilities and has sponsored a green building conference. Raymond Cole, Professor, School of Architecture, Environmental Research Group (ERG) of the University of British Columbia was awarded the Green Public Service Award for a non-government organization (NGO). Cole was selected as North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor for “sustained commitment to building environmental research and teaching” in 2001, and in 2003 he received the Architectural Institute of British Columbia Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service. As leader of the ERG, Cole spearheaded the development of one of the predecessors to the LEED Green Building Rating System-Building Environmental Performance Assessment Criteria (BEPAC) for commercial buildings in British Columbia, Canada. The concepts and lessons learned from the creation of this environmental assessment tool contributed to the development of the BB Tool used in the biennial international Green Building Challenge conference series commencing in Vancouver in 1998 and also contributed to the development of similar programs in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. Most recently, Cole adapted USGBC’s LEED Green Building Rating System criteria to fit within the Canadian framework. His efforts to reinstitute a standard of green building measurement for Canada has led to the formation of the Canada Green Building Council and future adoption of the LEED standard. The Local/Regional Leadership Award was presented to Vivian Loftness for her work as Professor and Head of School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Loftness is associated with leading the development of the Building Investment Decision Support (BIDS) Life-Cycle Building Decision Support Tool that is currently used by the Federal Government to quantify the financial, human, organization, societal, and environmental benefits of green design. Loftness is on the board of the International Design Center for the Environment (IDCE). In 1980-81 she was chief consultant for a European Solar Energy Village in Athens, Greece. Additionally, she is credited with the development of the Adaptable Workplace Laboratory, GSA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.; the Laboratory for the Design of Cognition at Electricte’ de France, Paris France; the Master plan for Volkswagen and the City of Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany. Loftness is central to the strategic planning efforts at the Department of Energy, General Services Administration, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other federal organizations.
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