Meet the recipients of the USGBC 2015 Leadership Awards, part II
In this second installment spotlighting the recipients of USGBC’s 2015 Leadership Awards, we meet Dr. Neil Murphy of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York; Romilly Madew, CEO of Green Building Council Australia; and Colgate-Palmolive Company. 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:
Teaching green by being green [video]
Dr. Cornelius Murphy, Senior Fellow for Environmental and Sustainable Systems, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Dr. Neil Murphy is a Senior Fellow for Environmental and Sustainable Systems and previously President of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at the State University of New York. ESF has a long history of focusing on natural resource management and environmental science, and was ranked by the Princeton Review among the top 10 “Impact Schools." As one of the leading institutions in the sustainability movement, ESF’s LEED Platinum Gateway Center demonstrates to the community that that the school can “walk the talk,” and it sets new expectations for what a high-performance building is all about. In Dr. Murphy’s mind, it also offers a unique experiential learning environment for students, feeding into the passion they have for what can be achieved while simultaneously giving them a sense of accomplishment.
Living a lasting legacy [video]
Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council Australia
As CEO of Green Building Council Australia (GBCA), Romilly Madew directs a $9 million organization committed to rating, educating and advocating for green building in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. GBCA was established in 2002 to develop sustainable property and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions. It emerged from the implementation of green initiatives in the 2000 Sydney Olympics—many of which were picked up from USGBC. Today, GBCA has an active leadership role in the Asia Pacific network, sharing the strength of their relationships with green building councils to help others grow quickly. Madew’s vision for GBCA is about market transformation and pushing the industry above current building codes. For her, green buildings and sustainable communities are crucial to mitigating climate change, and she believes that through strategic collaboration, green building organizations worldwide are creating a lasting legacy.
As part of their commitment to climate and the environment, Colgate-Palmolive seeks to reduce greenhouse gases, energy intensity, landfill waste and water consumption in their operations. LEED plays a big role in addressing those goals. As a longtime industry partner, Colgate-Palmolive has worked with USGBC to help develop a version of LEED that works for industrial facilities. Following the success of their first LEED-certified manufacturing facility, the company has pledged to build every subsequent factory, technology center, warehouse and office building to LEED standards. These buildings not only set an example for other firms to follow, but more importantly, embed knowledge in the company’s local labor force about the possibilities of what green buildings can do. Colgate-Palmolive was awarded the Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award, which recognizes standout efforts to integrate sustainability into company culture within the manufacturing sector.