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The Community Leader Awards honored outstanding achievements in green building at the Midsummer Night's Green event.

USGBC National Capital Region announced the recipients of the 2017 Community Leader Awards during the organization’s 16th annual  A Midsummer Night’s Green  event on July 20, 2017. The event was held at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C.

Three awards were given to LEED projects in the National Capital Region that exemplify green building practices and principles:

  • Innovative Project of the Year—New Construction was presented to Mundo Verde Public Charter School, nominated by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture.

  • Innovative Project of the Year—Interior Design was presented to Nixon-Peabody, LLP, nominated by Perkins + Will.

  • Innovative Project of the Year—Existing Building Performance was presented to 650 Massachusetts Avenue, nominated by Sustainable Building Partners.

Innovative project of the year winners at A Midsummer Night's Green

Innovative Project of the Year, New Construction—Mundo Verde Public Charter School, nominated by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture.

Although only one winner was chosen in each of these categories, because of the strengths of the projects that applied, our judges decided to name two honorable mentions. MGM Grand National Harbor, nominated by SmithGroupJJR, was given an honorable mention in the category of Innovative Project of the Year—New Construction. SmithGroupJJR was the architect of record for MGM Grand, and HKS was the design architect. American University/WAMU, nominated by AU Design and Construction, was given honorable mention in the category of Innovative Project of the Year—Interior Design.

Human capital costs typically account for 90 percent of business operating costs and most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, so the built environment has the potential to deeply impact our greatest asset—people. The quality of indoor space design—including temperature, humidity, noise, light, space and air quality—affects health and productivity, and can have significant financial implications for employers.

This year, for the first time, USGBC National Capital Region recognized a project for advanced commitment to health and wellness in the built environment. The award for Innovative Project of the Year—Health and Wellness in the Built Environment went to the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), which has achieved both LEED and WELL Platinum certification, and was nominated by Perkins + Will and rand* construction.

Attendees at A Midsummer Night's Green

Our final category for project awards recognizes outstanding projects that either are certified under a GBCI rating system other than LEED or do not have a third-party certification. Because we had two standout projects apply in this category, our judges decided to name two winners. Innovative Project of the Year—Responsible Design was awarded to Intelligence Community Campus in Bethesda, Maryland, nominated by AECOM, and to Bunny Mellon Healing Garden, nominated by DAVIS Construction.

USGBC National Capital Region is proud to recognize inspiring individuals who are helping make sustainable communities a reality for the D.C. metro area with our Leadership Awards. Award winners were recognized in the three categories below:

  • The Award for Leadership in Government, Advocacy or Policy recognizes an individual who has worked to make real and meaningful change on the local level. This year, the award went to Patrick Kunze, GHT Limited.

  • The Award for Leadership in Health and Wellness recognizes an individual who has worked to advance awareness and implementation of standards, principles or policies that improve human health and well-being through the built environment. This year's award went to Rachel Cowen and Andrea Swiatocha, Hord Coplan Macht.

  • Last, every year we recognize our most energetic, engaged and supportive individual local community members with an award for Member of the Year. This year's award went to Julia Craighill, Ensight Consulting and Sarah Rentfro, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Our community developed the awards program in order to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in sustainable design and construction and to celebrate individuals.

A Midsummer Night’s Green was sponsored by Above GreenGHT Limited, Sustainable Building PartnersView Dynamic GlassJBG SmithBozzutoCushman & Wakefield, DonohoeGPIGrimm and ParkerHBW ConstructionSkanskaThe WharfThe Electrical Alliance, Ernest Maier Block & BrickDPR Construction and Perkins + Will