Rachel Gilbert

Award winners represent excellence in sustainability, leadership and innovation

Helena, Mont.—(Feb. 9, 2017)—Today, USGBC Montana announced the winners of its Sustainability Awards, an annual recognition of projects, companies and individuals that demonstrate exemplary commitment and achievements in creating a more sustainable future for Montana. The winners were recognized at the 2017 USGBC Montana Annual Summit in Helena on Wednesday evening.
“The Sustainability Award winners highlight some of the best green building projects and leaders in Montana,” said Charlie Woodruff, director, community–USGBC Northern Rockies. “We’re pleased to have so many passionate trailblazers in the state dedicating themselves to creating a sustainable built environment in Montana and are excited to recognize and celebrate their well-deserved efforts.”
The 2016 Montana Sustainability Award winners include: 

  • Residential Honor Award: Urban Frontier House, High Plains Architects
  • Residential Citation Award: Northside Townhomes, MacArthur Means and Wells Architects
  • Products and Processes Merit Award: Modern Door, Glo European Window
  • Commercial Building Merit Award: University of Montana Athlete Academic Center
  • Commercial Building Merit Award: Underriner Motors, CTA Architects Engineers and Underriner Motors
  • Fearless Leader Award: Zach Brown, Montana State Representative
  • Community Champion Award: Claire Vlases, student advocate for solar power
  • Pioneer Award: Kath Williams, LEED Originator 

Individuals and projects were nominated and judged by a panel of regional green building professionals.
Currently, there are 80 LEED-certified buildings in Montana, equivalent to nearly 2.63 million square feet of LEED-certified space. The green building industry also serves as an economic driver in the state. Between 2015 and 2018, green building construction in Montana is expected to support nearly 30,000 jobs and more than $1.74 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study.