St. Petersburg, FL (October 13, 2016) — The US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region will host its seventh annual LEEDership Awards on November 9, 2016, at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg Campus’ University Student Center, a LEED Gold Certified building.
This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Mayor Rick Kriseman, the City of St. Petersburg’s 53rd Mayor. Mayor Kriseman leads an organization of nearly 3,000 employees, governing more than 250,000 residents, and will speak on the sustainability and resiliency issues that St. Petersburg is working to address. Alexis Muellner, Editor of The Tampa Bay Business Journal, will emcee the event.
The LEEDership Awards program is the nonprofit organization’s annual recognition event for the outstanding green building projects, forward-thinking businesses and governments, innovative design teams, and instrumental Chapter members who have displayed green building and sustainable development leadership on the Gulf Coast of Florida through their practices or use of the LEED certification — the leading international third-party green-building certification. An independent panel of judges is currently reviewing all of the outstanding submissions for awards. Winners will be announced November 9 at the LEEDership Awards celebration.
The Chair of the Region, Taylor Ralph of REAL Building Consultants, offered, “The US Green Building Council locally, nationally and internationally has worked to help transform the real estate industry by creating a reference guide of best practices for the development of sustainable communities that are environmentally, economically and socially responsible. The impact of this effort is widespread and visible throughout our region, which includes more than 60 million square feet of LEED certified real estate. This important transformation will be evident in the innovative buildings, responsible businesses, and environmental leaders that we will celebrate at our 7th Annual LEEDership Awards.”
The LEEDership Awards celebration is always THE networking (we call it GREENworking) event of the year for those interested in creating innovative and responsible buildings and places in the Gulf Coast region, including the greater construction and real estate communities. More than 150 green building practitioners, professionals and USGBC members are expected to attend the event, which includes a networking/cocktail hour featuring locally brewed beers, a keynote speech, a seated dinner, and the awards ceremony. Like-minded businesses and organizations are invited to pledge support for this event, with more information available at the Chapter’s website — http://usgbcflorida.org/FGC-Initiatives-LEEDership-Awards. Tickets and tables are also available at that link.
About the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Region — Celebrating more than 11 years of sustainable built environment impact, the mission of the Florida Gulf Coast Region of the USGBC Florida Chapter 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 Region hosts regular educational opportunities, building tours, seminars, networking events, and other programs to expand green building knowledge, practice and success on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Learn more by visiting www.usgbcflorida.org/Florida-Gulf-Coast or reaching out to the Chapter’s Executive Director, Lee Cooke (firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-373-7367).