USGBC NJ Honors Award Winners at 10th Anniversary Gala 10/11/12 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Keynote
US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter Honors Award Winners at 10th Anniversary Gala
Morristown, NJ (September 19, 2012) The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) is pleased to congratulate the winners of this year’s Gala Awards to be honored at USGBC NJ’s10th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner on October 11, 2012. Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability. This year the location is the new Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and the keynote speaker is visionary environmental business leader and advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Cari Lloyd will be our special guest.
“The Gala is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the individuals and organizations that have made special strides in green building and sustainability in our State,” said Florence Block, USGBC NJ executive director. “Each of these projects embodies the spirit in which USGBC NJ was founded- a spirit of innovation and excellence.”
The 2012 winners are:Community Award: Duke Farms LEED Improvements, Reuse and Renovation Project; Green Ground Breaking Award (tie): CitiLog Newark Urban Sawmilland RPM’s Grand Central Housing;Green Team Award: Center for Lifelong Learning; Municipal/ Public-Private Sector Award: NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium.
These projects represent a wide range of topics, from urban green jobs and brownfield redevelopment (CitiLogs) to the first LEED Platinum® special needs school in the country (Center for Lifelong Learning). There’s a network of professionals dedicated to greening NJ schools (NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium) and a forward-thinking affordable housing development (RPM’s Grand Central Housing). Last but not least, a 2,740-acre estate utilizing adaptive reuse and providing public environmental education (Duke Farms Foundation).
In addition, BASF Corporation and the Rockefeller Groupwill receive special recognition for their commitment to sustainability with their recently completed project in Florham Park, NJ- BASF’s North American headquarters which is expected to receive LEED® Double Platinum certification*. Only four reported projects in the US have earned multiple LEED Platinum certifications in one building. The BASF HQ in Florham Park is the first LEED Double Platinum- designated facility in New Jersey, and the largest LEED Platinum corporate project in the state. (*Platinum certification is the highest achievement attainable through the LEED green building certification program. BASF is seeking Platinum certification in two phases: one for Core & Shell and another for Commercial Interiors.)
The USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area. For 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. This event celebrates the people, projects and organizations that are transforming NJ into a greener, more sustainable state.
For more information, and to register for the USGBC NJ 10th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner, click hereor visit www.usgbcnj.org/events.Sponsorship opportunities are also available, including spots in the Ad Journal.
The Gala also has its own Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usgbcnjgala2012
About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
USGBC is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group formed in 1993. New Jersey membership exceeds 1400 Corporations inclusive of USGBC National and the USGBC New Jersey Chapter. There are over 3,000 LEED® accredited professionals in NJ and over 400 LEED® registered and 100 certified projects in New Jersey, plus over 900 certified LEED Homes.
More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
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. Currently, USGBC NJ is providing grant-funded green building education to NJ’s veterans and unemployed.
For 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 1,100 individual members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.