U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter Announces GalaVerde Award Winners

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter has announced winners of the nonprofit organization’s GalaVerde: The 2010 LEEDership and Green Awards Program.

Presented by Bank of America, GalaVerde recognized and honored those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in our South Florida community. More than 450 attendees attended the awards ceremony on August 28 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Winners are as follows:

One Harvard Circle — Suffolk SE Region Headquarters: Outstanding LEED NC Project (Sponsored by Anderson-Moore Construction)

• SEQUIL Systems, Inc. Office & HOK Miami Office: Outstanding LEED CI Project (tie) (Sponsored by HAWORTH)

EcoPlex at Centrepark West: Outstanding LEED CS Project (The Spinnaker Group)

Wachovia Financial Center: Outstanding LEED EB Project (Sponsored by FPL)

HGTV 2009 Green Home: Outstanding LEED for Homes Project (Sponsored by E3 Building Sciences)

St. Andrews School Moabury Early Years Learning Center: Outstanding LEED for Schools Project (Sponsored by Coastal Construction)

Joseph Sanches (School District of Palm Beach County): Outstanding Community LEEDer (Sponsored by Advanced Green Technologies)

Pirtle Construction: Outstanding Green Business (Sponsored by GSD Contracting)

• Miami-Dade County: Outstanding Green Government

• Commissioner Doug Coward (St. Lucie County): Outstanding Green Elected Official

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, highlighted the evening of recognition and appreciation for the South Florida green-building community as the event’s keynote speaker.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art “green” strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques and the LEED Green Building Rating System.

In addition to Bank of America as GalaVerde’s Presenting Sponsor, other sponsors included Trane South Florida; Calvin Giordano & Associates; Advanced Green Technologies; Coastal Construction; E3 Building Sciences; Florida Power & Light; Anderson-Moore Construction Company; GSD Contracting; Haworth; The Spinnaker Group; Tesla; Southeastern Printing Company; iQuest Productions; NextEra Energy Resources; and the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort.

To learn more about GalaVerde and the USGBC South Florida Chapter, including access to event photos, visit www.usgbcsf.org/aftergala.

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