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US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter Announces 12th Annual Emerald Awards Recipients



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US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter Announces
12th Annual Emerald Awards Recipients

Morristown, N.J. (October 7, 2014)- The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) today announced the recipients of its 12th Annual Emerald Awards.Each year, USGBC NJ recognizes and presents the distinguished awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.

The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on Friday, November 7th at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

The 2014 award winners are:

  • Corporate Culture: L'Oreal USA Research & Innovation
  • Innovative Sustainability Initiative: Advancement of Alternative Transportation Fuels from NJ Clean Cities 
  • Not-for-Profit Green Project: Harrison Green from Paterson Habitat for Humanity
  • Urban Green Project: MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
  • Suburban Green Project (TIED):
    • Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center
    • Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters

  • Honorable Mention:
    • County College of Morris - Landscape and Horticultural Technology Center
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University Monninger Center for Learning and Research
    • DTCC Headquarters - Jersey City

These inspiring projects span a wide range of topics and boast some impressive achievements.Examples include:

  • In the first phase of creating its new campus in Clark, L'Oréal USA Research & Innovation converted dated offices in a 50-year-old former distribution center into modern, sustainable laboratories. The project achieved LEED Gold status in 2013. Project Campus is an example of a corporate culture of sustainability that includes aggressive goals, detailed standards and compassion for the community.
  • In 2013, the activities of the NJ Clean Cities Coalition directly resulted in the reduction of more than 4.2 million gallons of petroleum and a resultant GHG reduction of over 21,000 tons.
  • Paterson Habitat for Humanity’sHarrison Green provides five LEED Platinum Homes that families earning 80% or below Area Median Income can afford, while lowering monthly maintenance and energy costs through the utilization of innovative green building technologies.
  • MD AndersonCancer Center at Cooper is a state of the art healthcare facility located on three acres of remediated, previously contaminated brownfield in Camden. It is designed to deliver a world-class healthcare experience and improve the overall quality of life for patients and the surrounding community.
  • The Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center is a new 45,000-square-foot LEED Gold addition that embraces the school’s traditional aesthetic and rich history and traditions, while serving as a forward-looking, integrated learning tool for the students who inhabit it on a daily basis. In addition, the school supports a curriculum that integrates sustainability as a core value and consciously reinforces that value on a daily basis.
  • Located in Whippany, the Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters is part of one of the largest-scale, mixed-use redevelopment sites in northern New Jersey. The Vision Equities and Rubenstein Partners team designed, executed approvals and developed a 675,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified facility for this global industry leader and long-time New Jersey corporate citizen.
  • The County College of Morris’ new LEED Gold-Certified Landscape and Horticultural Technology Building is a physical manifestation of the College’s commitment to environmental stewardship, and a highly visible, hands-on teaching tool for the campus community. The CCM Board of Trustees also recently passed a comprehensive sustainability resolution to strengthen and further enhance the college’s environmental goals.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Monninger Center for Learning and Researchis a new learning center that integrates a historic building into a LEED GOLD academic complex. The Monninger Center represents the commitment of FDU to create an innovative library and learning center that is both a hub of student life and a demonstration of institutional values of sustainability, transparency, reverence for history and engagement with new technology.
  • The DTCC Headquarters in Jersey City is the commercial office interior renovation of 300,000 square feet and 12 floors at 570 Washington Blvd in Jersey City. Through integrating sustainability into the culture at DTCC, attainment of LEED Gold certification for its headquarters and sharing its achievement through the educational tour, DTCC is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability in New Jersey. DTCC is the largest LEED certified commercial interiors project to date in the state of New Jersey.

“I am truly inspired by the award winners we are honoring,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “These finalists are an example of the best in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer.”

USGBC NJ Board Chair Ed Seliga stated: “These folks do not do this for the accolades, of course. They do what they do because sustainability is a guiding principle behind these projects. We are proud to be casting a spotlight on these innovative projects, projects that are transforming NJ into a more sustainable state.”

Previous award honorees include: Colgate Global Technology Center; PNC Bank; NJ Economic Development Authority; Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Hampshire Real Estate Companies; Wyndham Worldwide; Panasonic Corporation; Prudential Real Estate Investors; BASF Corporation; the Rockefeller Group; and Senator Cory Booker.

USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on the USGBC NJ websiteprior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at

USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala.  Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.  

“When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

For more information on sponsorships, click hereor contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at

REGISTRATION is available here.

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More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

*As of September, 2014

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