The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2010 LEEDership Awards. LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. Nominees were recognized during the opening ceremonies of the Smart Sustainable Conference on April 22, 2010 in Tampa, Florida at the Hilton Carillon. The USGBC acknowledged those projects, businesses, and individuals who are LEEDing the way toward a more sustainable environment through green building and design initiatives, and their commitment to the advancement of USGBC in the marketplace and community. This year’s LEEDers were:
Outstanding Community LEEDer (tie) – Karl Nurse, St. Petersburg Councilman, and Jason Taylor, Architect
Outstanding Project, New Construction – Magnify Credit Union
Outstanding Project, Core & Shell – MetWest One
Outstanding Project, Commercial Interiors – PBS&J
Outstanding Project, Schools – New Heights Elementary
Outstanding Project, Homes – Laurel Street
Outstanding Project, Existing Building – 100 N. Tampa
Outstanding Business of the Year – St. Petersburg College
Outstanding Chapter Member – Ken Buschle
[Editor’s note: The Magnify Credit Union building at 540$ & Scott Lake Road was designed by Straughn Trout Architects and is the only building in Polk County to achieve LEED Gold certification by the USGBC]
About the Florida West Coast Chapter of USGBC
The mission of the Florida Chapter is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmental friendly knowledge and values as they pertain to the built environment and its relationship and impact on nature and human kind. For more information on the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC, please visit www.sustainabletampabay.org.
About U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual GreenBuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.