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USGBC Arizona's annual awards spotlight the leadership of local green building leaders.

USGBC Arizona rang in Earth Week in style with the 2017 Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon. This annual awards ceremony celebrates the leadership of Arizona building owners, designers and construction professionals who achieve LEED certification.

Hosted on April 19 at the Salt River Project’s airy PERA Club, the luncheon was attended by close to 100 building professionals, sustainability advocates, and community leaders.

Mark Hartman, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Phoenix, provided the keynote address. Shared information about the City of Phoenix’s far-reaching sustainability goals, Hartman challenged the audience to think about how they could contribute to a greener Arizona for all.

Mark Hartman speaks about sustainability.

The 2017 Arizona Leader Awards were presented to buildings that achieved LEED certification between June 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Projects were self-nominated, and award winners were selected by a local panel for excellence in design and building operations. The awards were presented by Lloyd Ramsey, Energy and Engineering Sector Leader, DLR Group and Co-Chair, USGBC Arizona Market Leadership Advisory Board; Sharon Bonesteel, Building Energy Codes Program Manager, Product Development, Salt River Project; and Patti Mason, Regional Director, Community—Mountain West Region, USGBC. 

Mason stopped by local radio station KJZZ after the ceremony to talk more about the awards and the importance of LEED certification. Listen to the story.

Congratulations again to the winners of this year’s 2017 Arizona Leader Awards. Read more about the winners.

  • Innovative Design, New Construction: Northern Arizona University Student and Academic Services Building
  • Climate Champion: Northern Arizona University International Pavilion
  • Community Champion: Sun Devil Fitness Complex, Downtown Phoenix Campus
  • Building Performance: University of Arizona Old Main Renovation
  • Green Schools: Phoenix Coding Academy
  • Judge’s Choice Award: Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
  • People’s Choice Award: Phoenix Coding Academy

The Phoenix Coding Academy accepts their award.

Thank you to our event sponsors for their generous support: Salt River ProjectSite Solar and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.