The nonprofit organization’s seventh annual GalaVerde celebration recognized and honored those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated volunteers and individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the South Florida community. More than 250 guests attended the awards ceremony on October 29 at the LEED Silver Hilton West Palm Beach.
- Most Outstanding LEED NC (New Construction) – Public Project — The Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport / US Customs & Border Protection Facility
- Most Outstanding LEED NC – Private Project — Hampton Inn & Suites
- Most Outstanding LEED NC – Education Project — University of Miami Frost School of Music
- Most Outstanding LEED NC – High-Rise Residential Project — Modera Douglas Station
- Most Outstanding LEED for Commercial Interiors Project — The Environmental Center at Miami-Dade College
- Most Outstanding LEED Core and Shell Project — Pembroke Pointe
- Most Outstanding LEED for Healthcare Project — The Cleveland Clinic Florida and Pauline Braathen Center
- Most Outstanding LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Project — Reagan Wireless
- Most Outstanding LEED for Schools Project — The Conservatory School
- Most Outstanding LEED for Homes / Mid-Rise Project — Lil Abner
- Most Outstanding LEED for Homes / Single Family Project — MoT
- Most Outstanding LEED for Homes / Low-Rise Multi-Family Project — Regency Pointe
- Most Outstanding non-LEED Commercial Project — Quail Roost 7-Eleven
- Most Outstanding non-LEED Single Family Project — Hallandale Homes
- Most Outstanding non-LEED Low-Rise Multi-Family Project — The Hamptons
- Most Outstanding non-LEED High-Rise Multi-Family Project — Monarc at MET 3
- Most Outstanding Community LEEDer — Chi Chi Truong
- Most Outstanding Green Business — TLC Engineering for Architecture
- Most Outstanding Green Government — The City of Miramar
- Most Outstanding Green Elected Official — Mayor Philip Stoddard (South Miami)
- The Rob Hink Volunteer of the Year Award — USGBC South Florida Region — Gary Pirtle
- Volunteer of the Year — Treasure Coast Branch — Tammy Dalton
- Volunteer of the Year — Palm Beach Branch — Judy Bradley
- Volunteer of the Year — Broward Branch — Sheryl Swartzle
- Volunteer of the Year — Miami Branch — Kenyona Pierre
- Volunteer of the Year — Keys Branch — Kristen Argalas (cont.)
Eric Corey Freed, Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT and a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design, highlighted the evening of recognition and appreciation for the South Florida green-building community as the event’s keynote speaker. Freed’s inspiring presentation focused on the power of “moonshot”- type thinking and how it could revolutionize the entire construction industry. Attendees were led down an introspective path concerning all of the senseless ways industry accepts how buildings are built, yet don’t question how to change. Freed also shared his vision for the XPRIZE for Healthy Homes, launching in 2017.
Tim Center, Executive Director of Sustainable Florida and Principal of Centerfield Strategy, served as the evening’s emcee.
In addition to the awards presentations and keynote address, GalaVerde included a pre-event sponsored reception, dinner, networking (we call it GREENworking) with industry professionals from throughout the USA, and a mobile-bidding, online auction. As the Region’s sole fundraising event of the year, GalaVerde raised funds to support educational activities and initiatives held throughout the year.
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Created and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. To receive LEED Certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. 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.
Sponsors for the evening were:
Abney + Abney Green Solutions Pirtle Construction
JM Family Enterprises
Moss & Associates
Calvin, Giordano & Associates
The Spinnaker Group Lutron
Drywall Contractors Renewable Choice Energy
The U.S. Green Building Council Florida Chapter, a nonprofit (501[c]) organization, embraces innovative building practices that conserve land, energy, water, resources and materials. Its Mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. USGBC Florida has nearly 15,000 members, volunteers and friends providing educational programs and market transformation services to the Sunshine State from seven Regions — Central Florida, Florida Capital, Florida Gulf Coast, Heart of Florida, Northeast Florida, Northern Gulf Coast, and South Florida. Contacts: Lee Cooke (Executive Director, 561-373-7367, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Boren (Director of Policy and Programs, 904-535-0055, email@example.com).