On one evening each year, the best and brightest Central Pennsylvania’s green building industry gather for our Forever Green ceremony and dinner. Some are there to receive awards. Others are there to network with the award-winning project teams and acknowledge their achievements. Forever Green is truly my favorite event of the year, as it is very celebratory in nature. The awards given at Forever Green are called the USGBC Central Pennsylvania Leader Awards, and they are given to people and projects in our region that are advancing sustainable buildings.
Our 2018 Forever Green ceremony and dinner will be held on Thurs., November 1 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at The Civic Club of Harrisburg. We invite anyone and everyone who is interested in sustainability to join us. Learn more and register. Early bird rates are available until September 14, and registration closes on October 23.
Our keynote for this year’s ceremony will be Alex Hartzler, Partner and Founder of WCI Partners, LP, a real estate development company focused on urban revitalization. Hartzler is a graduate of Penn State University and The George Washington University Law School (JD) and was a Fulbright Scholar in Cologne, Germany.
Hartzler believes that community-building; smart, environmentally friendly development; and engaged business practices is fundamental to long-term success in real estate and business. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Ten Thousand Villages, an international handicraft retailer and also as Publisher of TheBurg, a monthly community newspaper in Harrisburg.
2018 USGBC Central PA Leader Award recipients
- LEED Project of the Year will be awarded to Iron Forge Elementary School in the South Middleton School District, which received LEED Gold certification and features thermal storage, solar photovoltaics and displacement ventilation. The project was submitted and designed by USGBC Central Pennsylvania annual sponsor Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects.
- For their renovation and addition to Hildreth-Miza Humanities Center, a building constructed in 1941 that is pursuing LEED Silver certification, Bucknell University will receive our Rise to the Challenge award. Buchart Horn Architects submitted and designed this project.
- Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will be receiving our Climate Champion award for their combined heat and power project, which reduced campus carbon emissions by 83,120 metric tons, equivalent to the annual residential electric use of 27,662 people.
- An Honorable Mention—Climate Champion will be given to Messiah College for their Student Enhancement Project, which included the implementation of a new combined cooling, heat and power plant. The project was submitted by Gannett Fleming.
- Our Commercial Project of the Year is going to Koch 33 Toyota Dealership in Easton, which received LEED certification. USGBC Central Pennslvania annual sponsor Mowery submitted this project on behalf of their client.
- For the fourth year in a row, our Improving the Acceptance of Green award will be given to a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources project, the Buchanan State Forest Resource Management Center, for their continued efforts in designing and constructing LEED buildings that are used as teaching tools for the general public.
- Our Innovative Project, New Construction award is going to Franklin & Marshall College for their Shadek Stadium project,a multipurpose stadium serving football, soccer, and lacrosse that is pursuing LEED Silver certification. HKS designed and submitted this project.
- For their GreenBuild Duplex, affordable, zero energy homes for two income-qualified families, the State College Community Land Trust will receive our Innovative Project, Residential award. Penn State Hamer Center for Community Design/Energy Efficient Housing Research Group submitted this project.
- Green School of the Year will go to Doe Run Elementary School in the Manheim Central School District, which is aiming for LEED Gold certification, and was designed by USGBC Central Pennsylvania annual sponsor EI Associates.
- Tom Horton, Director of Facilities for Carlisle Area School District, will be receiving our Greenest Apple award for promoting and implementing high-performance buildings, including being an exemplary participant in USGBC’s Arc for Schools pilot program.
- The Community Changemaker award will be given to Scot Chambers, Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate GSA Realty, for his recent designation as a National Association of Realtors Green instructor.
- Our Sustainable Leader of the Year& is being awarded to the City of Lancaster for their recent LEED for Cities Gold certification, as well as their green infrastructure, brownfield redevelopment and climate change efforts.
- The Six Years of Service award will be given to F. Joshua Millman, Vice President of Nutec Group; Scott Pusey, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc.; and Ken Shultes, Associate VP for Sustainability and Facilities Planning at Dickinson College, for their tenure on the USGBC Central Pennsylvania Market Leadership Advisory Board.