Heather Goetsch

Nominations are open through August 31.

People are at the heart of the green building movement—they are what make the USGBC community special. It takes dedication and partnership to help others find their role in protecting and preserving the natural environment, as well as appreciating the benefits of a sustainable built environment.

The Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award is meant to honor teams of volunteers who are making green buildings and communities a reality for their neighbors, family, friends, coworkers and greater community.

Created in honor of Malcolm Lewis's significant contributions over many years of service with USGBC, the award brings awareness to the amazing work of volunteer teams across the U.S. who are moving the needle for green buildings and communities. The award program has celebrated 44 teams since 2012, by elevating awareness of each team’s great work.

2017 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT Award winners

2017 award winners Morgan Abbett, of HDR, and Adrienne Johnson, of Point Energy Innovations, from the Parkwood Tech Centre Volunteer Team.

Nominations, in the form of video, photo slideshow or infographic, are shared widely on USGBC’s website and social media pages. The winner of the award is formally recognized during Greenbuild at the Leadership Luncheon.

Award timeline

  • August 1–31: Nominations open
  • September 10–21: Public voting (online poll hosted in an article)
  • October 1: Winner announced
  • November 15: Leadership Luncheon at Greenbuild

Award criteria

  • Nominations must feature teams of three or more volunteers.
  • Past teams who have won the award are ineligible to resubmit for three years afterward.
  • Nominated teams submitted in the past that did not win the award are eligible to resubmit.
  • Work featured in the nomination must be tied to green building and related to USGBC’s mission.
  • At least one volunteer on the team must be a USGBC representative or staff member.
  • USGBC staff are eligible to submit.
  • Submissions must be in one of the following digital formats:
    1) Video (1.30 minutes or less)
    2) Photo slideshow (1.30 minutes or less)
    3) Infographic
  • Nominations should:
    1) Introduce the volunteer team
    2) Identify the “problem” the team sought to address
    3) Tell the story of how volunteers worked toward success

Apply for the IMPACT! Award