USGBC Greater Virginia honors green building leaders | U.S. Green Building Council
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USGBC Greater Virginia held its 10th Annual Green Building Leadership Awards on December 3 at the Steward School in Henrico County, Virginia. The event honored exceptional leaders in green building projects, organizations and K-12 schools, as well as the winners of an annual design competition. Hayes Framme, advisor for infrastructure and development and Virginia's chief energy efficiency officer with the governor's office, provided the keynote speech. 

Green building project and organization winners were: 

  • Outstanding Green Organization: Virginia Green Travel Alliance 
  • Best Commercial Project: Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, Lynchburg—LEED Platinum 
  • Best Institutional Project: James Madison University Student Success Center, Harrisonburg—LEED Gold 
  • Best Residential Project: Blair Street Home, Richmond—Energy Star Platinum 

Five exceptional K-12 schools were honored for participating in the organization's Connect the Dots for Green Schools challenge, each implementing a project or program to promote environmental stewardship, encourage creativity and complement curriculum development. This year's award recipients were: 

  • Honor Award: St. Catherine's School, Richmond
  • Outstanding Curriculum: Swift Creek Middle School, Chesterfield County
  • Merit Award: Robious Elementary School, Chesterfield County
  • Merit Award: C.C. Wells Elementary School, Chesterfield County
  • Newcomer Award: Providence Elementary School, Chesterfield County

Also celebrated at the event were the winners of the annual Green Spaces Design Competition, which offers the opportunity for teams to reimagine new, sustainable uses for abandoned or underused buildings and open spaces. This year's challenge asked entrants to design new, sustainable uses for the vacant Clifton Forge High School in Clifton Forge, Virginia. Awards and cash prizes went to: 

  • First Place: Topia Design and Staengl Engineering Team 
  • Second Place: Edwin Baruch, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design