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Vote on Facebook by October 13 for your favorite award nominee.

Thanks in part to the dedicated volunteers who contribute to the green building movement each year, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and more prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative.

The 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 making an impact in the green building movement.

Please vote for the winner by visiting our USGBC Facebook page and “liking” the project that you feel best captures the spirit of USGBC. The project receiving the most likes by 5 p.m. EST on Fri., October 13 will be formally recognized at the Greenbuild 2017 Leadership Awards Luncheon.

Please contact Heather Goetsch with any questions.

The IMPACT! Award nominees

Volunteers Build Environmental Learning Classroom

Over 100 volunteers, including 80 college and university business officers, corporate representatives, school teachers and staff, community officials and representatives of USGBC, came together over a six-month period to create an outdoor environmental learning classroom at Washburn Elementary School in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Washburn Elementary School Environmental Learning Classroom

Re_Purposeful

Re_Purposeful was started by a group of designers tired of throwing away discontinued or unnecessary design materials such as carpet squares, tile and wood samples and fabric. They joined forces—and materials—and began spreading the word. In the first four years, they've collected 120,000 pounds of materials, with a 98 percent diversion rate, and given them away for free to teachers, nonprofits, day care centers, crafters and homeowners. This year, the program has added drop-off locations and incorporated an open house at the expo center in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The program's materials have been reused by over 1,100 community members to improve their efforts in other programs, making a difference for many more.

Re_Purposeful

Parkwood Tech Centre

The Parkwood Technology Centre (PTC) is a partnership between San Francisco Bay Area sustainable building professionals and the South African education nonprofit Bottomup. Over the past three years, they have created a net-positive energy space for technology access and computer training in the Parkwood community in Cape Town, South Africa. The initial computer lab at Parkwood Primary School was too small and structurally dangerous. A team of all-women engineer volunteers collaborated with Bottomup to design a green building based on LEED principles, including a 15kW grid-tied solar array. The array powers almost all of the larger school's electricity needs. Today, the PTC serves over 1,000 learners, 500 parents, and 100 teachers in Bottomup’s education programs, and will soon open up for wider community use.

Parkwood Tech Centre

Green Schools Quest: Creating a Sustainable Future, One Project at a Time

USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Green Schools Quest challenges K–12 schools in Missouri and Southern Illinois to devise, with the help of volunteer Green Mentors, no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. Participating schools measure and document their work, submitting their projects’ process and impact at the conclusion of the GSQ for judging. Since its launch four years ago, more than 100 schools and 118 mentors have participated, and student-driven projects have impacted nearly 100,000 students, teachers and community members. This program strengthens relationships between schools and their communities while creating awareness of the importance of green buildings and the environment.

Green Schools Quest

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