The USGBC National Capital Region community announced its leadership award winners at the annual A Midsummer Night’s Green event, held at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The annual event and awards ceremony is the premier green building event for sustainability leaders in the D.C. area.
The 2019 Award winners are:
- Bowie State University, Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing: Project of the Year—New Construction, Schools
- DPR Construction Reston Office: Innovative Project of the Year - Health and Wellness in the Built Environment and Innovative Project of the Year—Interior Construction
- 799 9th Street: Innovative Project of the Year—Existing Building Performance
- Pike & Rose Neighborhood Development: Innovative Project of the Year—Neighborhood Development
- THEARC West: Innovative Project of the Year—New Construction, Commercial
- UNISPHERE: Innovative Project of the Year—New Construction, Catalytic Design and the People’s Choice winner
- Discovery Elementary School: Net Zero Award. Discovery Elementary is the first recipient of this new award, and is the first school in the world to receive LEED Zero certification.
- Jay Wilson: Excellence in Government, Advocacy or Policy—Individual
- D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: Excellence in Government, Advocacy or Policy—Organization
- Jonathan Bauer: Excellence in Advancing Health and Wellness in the Built Environment
- Above Green: Leadership in Sustainable Business Practices, Small Business
- The Tower Companies: Leadership in Sustainable Business Practices, Corporate
- Evan Auld, Lindsey Robinett Shaw, Myrrh Caplin, and Nan Schramm: Volunteer Leadership, Member of the Year Award
Members of the project team of 799 9th Street, winner of the Innovative Project of the Year—Existing Building Performance Award. Photo credit: Casey Hartman, #GhentitePhotography LLC.
Also honored were the winners of the 2019 Connect the Dots Green Schools Award. This program challenges K–12 schools across the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia regions to develop and implement the most creative, effective, no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. This year's local Connect the Dots Award recipients were:
- Forest Oak Middle School, Honor Award
- Takoma Education Campus, Environmental Conservation Award
- Discovery Elementary School, Environmental Education Award
This is the 18th year the community has held A Midsummer Night’s Green, bringing together local green leaders and recognizing buildings that have achieved LEED certification. The event featured a keynote address from Tommy Wells, director of the District's Department of Energy and the Environment. As he spoke, Wells recognized the importance of the work done by D.C.-area developers and builders, and highlighted how improving our buildings has transformed not only the built environment of the region, but the natural environment as well.
The D.C. metro area is at the forefront of sustainability. The District has the greatest number of LEED-certified buildings per capita in the U.S., and in 2017 it became the world’s first LEED Platinum city, followed by Arlington, Virginia, which became the first LEED Platinum county.