Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its 2016 Leadership Awards, an annual recognition of the outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement. The recipients will be honored at the USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
“USGBC’s annual Leadership Awards recognize some of the most dedicated and exceptional leaders in sustainability,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “I am personally awed and inspired by each of this year’s recipients and their contributions to our movement. These are the people whose contributions to USGBC and the green building industry are shaping the future of our world.”
This year’s 2016 USGBC Leadership Award recipients include:
- Lucien and Gina Duncan, founders, Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ), are providers of hope, resilience and opportunity for the children in Haiti. They founded FEJ to offer expanded humanitarian services for abandoned children and families and have established an impressive record of placing children in homes that provide loving care and support. FEJ will run USGBC’s William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port-au-Prince.
- Jason Dunlop, vice president, Big-D Signature Construction Management, currently works to promote the growth of sustainable design and construction in the residential and resort market. Formerly the chair of USGBC Wyoming and a longtime member of the USGBC Chapter Steering Committee, Dunlop is being recognized for his leadership and countless hours of service and dedication toward the growth and evolution of the USGBC Community organization.
- Tony Gale, corporate architect, Starbucks, is being honored for his long-time collaboration with USGBC and his dedication to expanding Starbuck’s sustainability model. With more than 1,000 LEED-certified stores in 20 countries, Gale has uncovered new ways to achieve greater energy and water savings at each store, seeking to source ingredients and materials locally and addressing issues of transportation and location along the way.
- David Gottfried, CEO of Regenerative Ventures, is best known as the co-founder of USGBC and founder of the World Green Building Council. He was instrumental in the creation of LEED, which now certifies 1.85 million square feet of space every day in more than 160 countries. David continues to be one of the foremost leaders in the green building movement and serves as catalyst for transformational start-ups, collaboration and inspiration. His personal and professional journey to bring about greater realization of how each of us impacts our environment, and how our environment impacts us, has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
- Bill McDonough, chief executive, McDonough Innovation, views design and the development of buildings as an opportunity to embrace and emulate the principles of nature. He strives to create physical spaces that give back, enhancing the human experience but also eliminating our impact on the environment. A world-renowned architect and thought leader on sustainable development, he is the co-creator of the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified products program, a global standard for safe, healthy and sustainable products and a global leader in the green building movement.
- Michelle Moore, CEO, Groundswell, is a longtime leader in the green building movement, previously working as a senior executive at USGBC in its early days, responsible for shaping the USGBC voice, the LEED brand and green building policies. Moore served as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer within the Obama administration, where she developed and launched the Better Buildings Challenge, which is now the premier green building program of the Department of Energy.
- John Picard, founder and CEO, John Picard & Associates, has helped to define the path of sustainable American business over the past several decades, charting a course toward environmentally responsible practices through his work with such business giants as Ray Anderson and Don Fisher. A key consultant in the Greening of the White House under President Clinton, he is a founding member of USGBC and remains a steadfast supporter of green building the world over.
Two additional Leadership Awards will be given at the USGBC Executive Luncheon taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
- David Wade, president and chief operating office, EPB, will receive the second annual Galvin award, given to honor the legacy of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin. Under Wade’s leadership, EPB utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced smart grid power management system in the country and is the first major power distributor to earn PEER (Performance Excellence in Energy Renewal) certification.
- Diageo, a global leader in the alcoholic beverage industry, will receive the Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award, given to a leader in the manufacturing sector whose commitment to and achievements in sustainability exemplify Anderson’s vision. For Diageo, putting the principles of sustainability and responsibility into practice means accounting for social and environmental impacts in every aspect of its business—from sourcing raw materials to running manufacturing safely and efficiently to influencing how its brands are sold and consumed.
USGBC’s more than 12,000 member organizations, 201,300 LEED professional credential holders and network of local leaders across the United States and throughout the world are at the heart of USGBC’s mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program.
Currently, there are nearly 79,600 LEED commercial projects comprising more than 15 billion square feet of construction space in 50 states and more than 161 countries and territories. The green building industry also serves as an economic driver in the United States, according to the USGBC 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study. Between 2015 and 2018, LEED construction will contribute $29.8 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and by 2018, 386,000 jobs to the U.S. economy.