St. Petersburg, FL (October 26, 2015) — The U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosted its sixth annual LEEDership Awards on October 21, 2015, at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus’ LEED Gold Certified University Student Center.
More than 125 green building practitioners, professionals and Chapter members attended the Chapter’s annual awards program, which recognized and honored the outstanding green building projects, forward-thinking businesses, innovative design teams, and instrumental Chapter members who have displayed green building and sustainable development leadership on Florida’s Gulf Coast through their practices of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification — the leading international third-party green-building rating system.
Mickey Jacob, 2013 President of the American Institute of Architects, Executive Vice President of BDG Architects, and a notable contributor to sustainability discourse globally, emceed the event. In an inspiring keynote address, Jacob challenged attendees to think about how we can each be leaders and make the hard decisions required to abandon the status quo and ensure that the Florida Gulf Coast becomes an even more competitive and sustainable region.
Alexis Muellner, editor of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, kept the program lively and well-paced as the guest emcee for the awards evening, offering commentary and insight into the business and environmental benefits of sustainability.
The President of the Chapter, Taylor Ralph, with REAL Building Consultants, said, “Our LEEDership Award recipients continue to be crucial to driving our Chapter’s mission. With every award bestowed, every building certified, every advocate accredited, every volunteer recognized, and every community program hosted, we move closer to truly adopting sustainability in our region. We are extremely proud of these accomplishments associated with our vision and this important transformative movement, and excited about the opportunities we will continue to undertake together. A hardy congratulation is extended to all award winners.”
In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening also included the Chapter’s Annual Meeting, a networking hour, a seated dinner, and Jacob’s keynote address. The Chapter also celebrated its successful programing for 2015, in which members produced Green Apple Day of Service projects, monthly educational opportunities, and other informative programs, tours and events, often in conjunction with fellow leading sustainability-focused leaders (e.g., University of South Florida, ASHRAE, AIA, BOMA).
Throughout the awards program, the Chapter invited iconic community members to present the environmentally friendly awards to the winners. Award recipients were selected by an independent committee of judges from outside our Chapter’s region, and participated in a blind-judging process.
The event was made possible with the sponsorships from several companies with a strong commitment to green building and sustainability, including Platinum Sponsor Duke Energy, and Silver Sponsor Creative Contractors. Others included Biltmore Construction, Carlson Studio Architecture, Everglades University, George F. Young, Inc., JE Dunn Construction, REAL Building Consultants, RegionSolar, and TLC Engineering for Architecture.
The USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Congratulates and Recognizes the 2015 LEEDership Awards Recipients
Outstanding Project of the Year, LEED for New Construction – Education
- Tibbals II – Learning Center
Outstanding Project of the Year, LEED for New Construction – Private
- Naples Botanical Garden
Outstanding Project of the Year, LEED for New Construction – Public – Small
- Sarasota County Gulf Gate Library
Outstanding Project of the Year, LEED for New Construction – Public – Large
- Pasco County Technology Center
Outstanding Project of the Year, LEED for Homes
- Element House
Outstanding Project of the Year, LEED for Homes – Multifamily
- East Point Place
Outstanding Project of the Year, LEED for Commercial Interiors
Outstanding Green Historic Preservation Project
- Historic Oldsmar Bank
Outstanding Green Business
- University of Tampa
Outstanding Green Design Firm
- FleischmanGarcia Architects
Outstanding Green Government
- City of Dunedin
Outstanding Green Elected Official
- Grant Rimbey, Vice Mayor & Councilman, City of Temple Terrace
Outstanding Community Leader
- Ross Russo with Jon F. Swift Construction
USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Branch Member of the Year, Myakka River
- Albert Wooster with Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.
USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Branch Member of the Year, Tampa Bay
- John Eveland with George F. Young, Inc.
USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Branch Member of the Year, Southwest Florida
- Chris Ressler with Studio+ Architecture
USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter President’s Award
- Bob Ingham with Gregory, Sharer & Stuart
USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Member of the Year
- Lacey Willard with CBRE
For more information concerning the 2015 LEEDership Award recipients, including project information and project photos, as well as event photos, contact the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Executive Director, Lee Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-373-7367.
About the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Celebrating more than 11 years of sustainable built environment impact, the mission of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmentally friendly knowledge and values as they pertain to the built environment and its relationship and impact on nature and human kind. The nonprofit organization hosts regular networking events, education programs, building tours, seminars and other events to expand green building knowledge, practice and success on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Learn more by visiting http://www.usgbc-fgc.org.