This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman & CEO of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Fedrizzi joined IBWI as Chair and CEO in November 2016, bringing his global environmental track record and keen business insight to its work to advance human health through better buildings and communities. Formerly, Rick was founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and former CEO of both USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), nonprofit organizations that promote high-performing buildings and communities.
Alexis Muellner, Editor of The Tampa Bay Business Journal, will emcee the event.
The Chair of USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Region, Taylor Ralph of REAL Building Consultants, offered, “We are honored to have Rick Fedrizzi as our keynote speaker this year. His leadership with the US Green Building Council as founding Chairman, and now moving to CEO and Chairman at IWBI, has made a hugely positive impact on the real estate industry. We are excited to hear his thoughts on the bridge between a more sustainable built environment and improved health and wellness impacts that the real estate community can make to create better outcomes for society.”
“Over the past 10 years, the USGBC and its LEED platform have helped transform the real estate development industry, providing best practices for creating sustainable buildings and places to developers, architects, engineers, contractors and communities. This year we are proud to be celebrating not just LEED Certified buildings, but any project or individual that is helping make our region a more healthy, efficient and sustainable place to live.”
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 and volunteers who have displayed green building and sustainable development leadership on the Gulf Coast of Florida through their practices or use of LEED certification — the leading international third-party green-building certification. Winners will be announced October 26 at the LEEDership Awards celebration.
The LEEDership Awards program 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 and partner organizations are expected to attend the nonprofiit organization’s signature event, which includes a networking/cocktail hour on the Le Meridien patio featuring locally brewed beers, a keynote speech, a seated dinner, and the awards ceremony.
Major LEEDership Sponsors to date include: Water Street Tampa, Tampa International Airport, REAL Building Consultants, VHB and others.
Like-minded businesses and organizations are invited to pledge support for the LEEDership Awards ceremony. More information is available at the USGBC Florida website — https://www.usgbcflorida.org/FGC-LEEDership-Awards-2017. Tickets and tables are also available at that link.
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).