Giving back to society and investing in the betterment of people’s lives is never convenient or easy. Every day, around the world, individuals serve to make their communities better—safer, cleaner, more just and more vibrant. Malcolm Lewis, Ph.D., exemplified this in his dedication and commitment to better buildings and communities and through his service to the green movement. The founder of Constructive Technologies Group, Malcolm Lewis served on USGBC’s board and chaired its Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee.
This year, we celebrate the contributions of green building volunteers through the six nominations for the 2015 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award. Announced on USGBC’s Facebook page, each nomination received numerous likes, shares and comments over the course of three weeks. The volunteer project that created the most social media buzz was selected as the winner.
I am delighted to announce the Urban Food Studio of the Capital Area Food Bank as this winner of year’s Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award.
The Capital Area Food Bank addresses issues of hunger and food security by providing leadership, education, training and food to over 500 partner agencies. CAFB’s programs assist one out of every 12 individuals living in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Their partners include schools, senior centers and other community groups. Currently, they lack a designated outdoor space for key education programs. Identified by the local community as the Greenbuild Legacy Project, 26 volunteers in the greater Washington, DC, area started working with CAFB in September of 2014 to design and build a flexible, multipurpose outdoor kitchen—the "Urban Food Studio"—which will provide an all-season space for gardening, cooking, education classes, volunteer respite, workshops and other events. Incorporating reused and recycled materials in its construction, the structure demonstrates sustainable ecosystems, including water collection and solar harvesting.
We invite you to join us at the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Luncheon in celebration of this stellar project, along with other outstanding individuals and organizations committed to advancing green building design, construction and operations. We know these individuals’ contributions to the green movement would make Malcolm proud.