USGBC WEST NORTH CENTRAL REGION 2020 LEADERSHIP AWARDS


This annual award program honors individuals and organizations whose exemplary work has been influential in the expansion of sustainable, higher-performing buildings and projects throughout USGBC's West North Central (WNC) Region's local communities that includes: Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska Flatwater, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The USGBC WNC Leadership Awards recognize the triple bottom-line benefits of green buildings: people, planet and profit. Sustainable buildings are not only good for the environment – they also save money while providing a healthy living and working space for building occupants. We’re excited to honor the leaders who are working to ensure this goal is met, and who are transforming communities across the region.

While many projects have already been recognized due to their use of LEED as a tool to transform the region's built environment, this award program looks beyond achievement of third party certifications to celebrate the leadership of the project teams and the greater story behind each nomination.


Award Categories

Applications are now open for USGBC’s West North Central Region 2020 Community Leadership Awards.

Nomination forms are due by February 17, 2020 at 11:59pm CST.

Questions and inquiries can be sent to Korinne Haeffel at khaeffel@usgbc.org or call at 202-705-6662.


Building & Project Categories

  • Innovative Design, New Construction: This award is for a LEED BD+C (Building Design and Construction) certified project that demonstrates use of new technologies and strategies to push the envelope of green design and meet project challenges in an innovative way.

  • Innovative Project, Interiors: For a LEED ID+C (Interior Design and Construction) certified project that demonstrates use of new technologies and strategies to push the envelope of green design and meet project challenges in an innovative way.

  • Innovative Project, Residential: For a residential or LEED Homes project that demonstrates use of new technologies and strategies to push the envelope of green design and operations, meeting project challenges in innovative ways.

  • Innovative Project, Existing Building Performance: For a LEED O+M (Operations + Maintenance) certified project that demonstrates a significant increase in building performance through the implementation of sustainable design solutions.

  • Outdoor Environments: For a project that demonstrates innovative use of integrating landscape design into their space and utilizes environmentally responsible landscaping techniques.

  • Innovative Project, Health and Wellness in the Built Environment: For a WELL Certified project that demonstrates a significant positive impact on human health and wellness through use of industry best practices and proven strategies.

  • Responsible Built Environments: Not all notable sustainable activities in the USGBC West North Central region achieve LEED certification. Projects eligible in this category either have achieved an Arc Performance Certificate(s) or are certified under any of the following GBCI third party green building rating systems: TRUE Zero Waste or Parksmart.


Individual, Team or Organizational Categories:

  • Green Dealmakers - Most Sustainable Real Estate Organization:  For a real estate company or related organization that has demonstrated leadership in promoting green building in the commercial real estate industry through its work. 

  • Most Successful Community Engagement:  For a project team who has demonstrated creative and innovative strategies for connecting either with their internal or external community through a building project.

  • Raising the Standard: This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding commitments through their personal time and energy to expand the conversation around sustainability and green buildings outside the green building professional community to reach a broader population. This award category is inspired by USGBC’s Living Standard campaign.

  • Leadership in Sustainable Business Practice: This category recognizes businesses in our region which have demonstrated an unusually high, innovative, or influential level of commitment to sustainability throughout their business practice.

Sponsorships for this event are available. Please contact USGBC Wisconsin Director Korinne Haeffel about these opportunities: khaeffel@usgbc.org or 202-705-6662.



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