Emily Riordan

USGBC Nevada and the Green Alliance announce the 2017 GREENFest Award winners.

Winners of the 2017 GREENFest Awards represent the best and brightest of Nevada’s green building and sustainability movement. 

USGBC Nevada and Green Alliance are rolling out the green carpet for the GREENFest Awards Gala on April 28, 2017. In celebration of Earth Day, we are pleased to honor local leaders who are inspiring immense progress for Nevada, illuminating the best in green building, community engagement and service.

Project teams, buildings, companies, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated leadership for a greener Nevada are being recognized in the following categories:

2017 GREENFest Award Winners

GREENFest's Rob Dorinson Environmental Hero Award

Ciara Byrne and Kim MacQuarrie, co-founders of Green Our Planet. These environmental heroes demonstrate dedication, cunning and an unflinching love of the environment. By providing fundraising and programmatic support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as nutrition and conservation education, Ciara and Kim’s work is bringing a new level of awareness and change to Nevada’s schools and to communities across the state. 

Community Green Building Legacy Award

Cashman Equipment Headquarters. The Community Green Building Legacy Award is for any building constructed, renovated or operated within the past 10 years that was innovative in sustainable practices and pushed the envelope of sustainability in design and development.

Cashman Equipment achieved LEED Gold certification through a whole-building approach to sustainability. Due to these efforts, the company saw a 32 percent overall reduction in energy use, a 43 percent reduction in water use and 97 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills. More than just a green building, Cashman Equipment Co. has been a longtime supporter of sustainable development across Nevada. 

Community Leader in Green Schools

Las Vegas Academy for the Arts. The Community Leader in Green Schools award is for a K–12 school that demonstrates sustainable leadership in facility operations, student well-being and community involvement. The growing garden at Las Vegas Academy for the Arts has become a robust teaching tool for environmental education, and a gathering point for neighbors, partners and old downtown Las Vegas.

Photo: Las Vegas Academy for the Arts, courtesy of Greg Klund.

Community Volunteer Leadership

Vinny Spotleson. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding commitments through their personal time and energy, community connections or other support. Vinny Spotleson is a longtime champion of green building in Nevada and an early member of both USGBC Nevada and Green Alliance.

Transformers Award

Zion Community Garden, Conservation District of Southern Nevada. This award honors those who have committed to being a changemaker for sustainability in their community. Through tireless work, Zion Community Garden team has seen measurable results by bringing together partners from across southern Nevada, supporting local foods, civic engagement and community sustainability.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Mulroy. Pat Mulroy served as the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority from 1993 until her retirement in February 2014, and as the general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District from 1989 until her retirement. 

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