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The Bay Area Chinese Bible Church pursued LEED for New Construction (NC) Silver certification.

Voting is now open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC’s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees.

A good story can enrich our knowledge through the wisdom of experience. LEED Fellow and author, Holley Henderson, can attest to the power of stories – she just led a team of volunteers to gather the stories of five LEED-certified projects owned by faith-based organizations.


Holley’s excitement in diving deeper into the stories of LEED certified faith facilities was contagious. To quote USGBC staffer David Marcus, “Holley has been a workhorse driving this project forward, asking insightful questions, providing mentorship, communicating, and providing positive energy throughout the entire process.” What’s equally exciting about this volunteer project is how it brought together a team of volunteers from across the USGBC network to work toward a tangible goal. It is a story of collaboration between LEED Fellows, USGBC chapters and Emerging Professionals. On Holley’s team were:

  • Josh Bloom
  • Mike Demico
  • Jazzmaine Francis
  • Andrew White
  • Patrick Nesbit
  • Andrea Lewis
  • Matt Macko
  • Marcia Sitcoske
  • Kim Kuettel 

Here are the stories they wrote, which highlight a diversity of facilities owned and operated by faith-based organizations, as well as the unique challenges and opportunities of working within this sector.

I am deeply grateful for the work of this team of stellar volunteers whose dedication and hard work has advanced USGBC’s Faith-based Campaign. If you agree, that their effort is worthy of the 2013 Malcolm Lewis Impact! Award, like them on Facebook by Nov. 19. 

If you’re interested in getting involved, join us at the Faith-based Green Building Professional Peer Group on Nov. 21 at Greenbuild. Holley will share more about these stories as we explore opportunities for deeper volunteer engagement through the Faith-based Campaign.