Meet the recipients of the USGBC 2015 Leadership Awards, part I
USGBC’s Leadership Awards celebrate the outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. Recipients were recognized at the annual USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon, part of the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C., on November 19.
Check out USGBC's short videos about the recipients and their efforts to take action in building a more sustainable world:
Chrissa Pagitsas, Director, Green Financing for Multifamily Mortgage, Fannie Mae
Chrissa Pagitsas directs Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Mortgage Business, which grew from a demand from multifamily building owners for a financing system to support development of more sustainable housing. The Multifamily Mortgage Business recognizes LEED as an attractive and reliable tool to preserve affordable housing in the United States. As energy- and water-efficient homes lower the cost of utilities for families, more funds can be directed toward greater priorities, such as education. Having originated more than $140 million in Green Mortgage Backed Securities to date, Pagitsas and Fannie Mae make a strong case for how the green homes market benefits all stakeholders in the financing supply chain—from renters and owners to primary lenders, banks and ultimately the investors.
Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, U.S. Army
For the U.S. Army, a focus on sustainability means optimizing mission effectiveness. As the largest facility user in the U.S. federal government, the Army operates 150 bases—usually the size of small cities—worldwide. Faced with energy and water security threats, the Army adopted its Net Zero Installation strategy to help all bases manage and achieve net zero in energy, water and waste. As the Assistant Secretary for Installations, Energy and the Environment, Katherine Hammack oversees the Army’s efforts to increase the resiliency of bases. One of the first steps she took upon her appointment to the position was instating a requirement for all buildings to become LEED certified. Today, the Army has over 700 buildings that are LEED certified, and over 1,000 LEED that are certifiable. In striving for net zero, the Army looks to establish a model of sustainability that can be easily adopted by cities everywhere.
Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
A leading expert in the green building industry, Amory Lovins is the chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and author of Reinventing Fire. He is inspired by the efforts of those around him to come together around the idea of abundance by design. This, he believes, rather than scarcity by inattention, is the fastest, cheapest most effective way to solve most of the world’s problems. The Rocky Mountain Institute is a longtime partner of USGBC, having worked on 1,000+ green building projects together including the Empire State Building retrofit, the greening of the White House and Pentagon, and the Sydney Olympic Village. Its new headquarters, approximately 15,000 square feet currently under development, aims to be the most efficient building in a cold climate zone anywhere and one of the most efficient in the country.