CHICAGO -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) honored the recipients of its 2010 Leadership Awards during Greenbuild.

USGBC recognized organizations and individuals "who signify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction."
“This year’s recipients are accelerating the green building industry through innovative ideas in tandem with strong leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, USGBC. “It is their passion, expertise and their tremendous contributions that allow us to move closer toward fulfilling our collective mission of transforming the built environment.”

The recipients included:

State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) was honored as an Individual recipient in the Leadership in the Public Sector Category. Rep. May is a founding member of USGBC’s 50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative and a green schools champion, helping to further USGBC’s vision of green schools for everyone within this generation.

The Recovery School District received an award for "its steadfast commitment to rebuilding healthy, high-performing schools for New Orleans’ community." Five years after the devastating hurricanes that ravaged New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, the District made rebuilding sustainably a priority, committing to build all public schools to a minimum of LEED Silver and reducing energy use by 30 percent.

In the Private Sector Category, Interface founder and Chairman Ray Anderson was honored as an individual recipient for commitment to transforming the carpet manufacturing industry into a restorative enterprise. Interface is the world’s largest producer of commercial floor coverings.

Skanska was honored in the Private Sector Category for its commitment to worldwide market transformation. With a portfolio of numerous LEED-certified buildings, its Commercial Development group set the floor at LEED Gold for all projects it develops.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence in New York received this year’s award for Leadership in the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). SyracuseCoE’

Richard Piacentini, executive director of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA, received the award for Individual Leadership in the NGO category.

Read the U.S. Green Building Council's press release.

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