Thanks in part to its dedicated volunteers who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative that supports USGBC’s mission.
This award honors Malcolm Lewis, Ph.D., the founder of Constructive Technologies Group, who served on USGBC’s board and chaired its Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee. Drawn to high performance buildings in the early 1970s, Malcolm spent the next 30 years engaged in making an impact in the green building movement. Geoff Lewis, Malcolm’s son, said, “USGBC got off the ground on the back of volunteers. Green building experts, giving their time, built this organization. Now USGBC is making a huge impact and showing that a dedicated group of people can make a difference.”
Asked what his father would say to the next generation of volunteers, Geoff replied, “I think he would say ‘Keep going, keep plugging away.’ He worked at this a long time. It could have been demoralizing to work over 30 years and, if he had given up in the 1980s when things were looking bleak, none of this would have come about. Nothing happens on its own. Don’t get discouraged, keep pushing on.”
Nominations for this award will be accepted until Oct. 30, in the form of a video, slideshow or infographic, of 60 seconds or less, that tells the story of the project by:
- Introducing the volunteer team;
- Identifying the issue resolved by the project or initiative;
- Demonstrating the methods of success; and
- Conveying the impact.
Submissions will go viral on Nov. 1 when they are posted to USGBC’s Facebook page. The one receiving the most “likes” by Nov. 19 will be crowned the 2013 IMPACT! Award recipient and recognized at the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Luncheon on Nov. 21. All leading submissions will be showcased online and at Greenbuild.