2016 U.S. Green Building Council Leadership Awards Announced

Oct. 19, 2016
“USGBC’s annual Leadership Awards recognize some of the most dedicated and exceptional leaders in sustainability,” Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, said.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced the recipients of its 2016 Leadership Awards.

“USGBC’s annual Leadership Awards recognize some of the most dedicated and exceptional leaders in sustainability,” Rick Fedrizzi, chief executive officer (CEO) and founding chair, USGBC, said. “I am personally awed and inspired by each of this year’s recipients and their contributions to our movement. These are the people whose contributions to USGBC and the green-building industry are shaping the future of our world.”

This year’s recipients are:

Lucien and Gina Duncan, founders, Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ). FEJ offers expanded humanitarian services for abandoned children and families in Haiti. FEJ will run the USGBC’s William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port-au-Prince.

Jason Dunlop, vice president, Big-D Signature Construction Management. Dunlop was “recognized for his leadership and countless hours of service and dedication toward the growth and evolution of the USGBC Community organization,” the USGBC said.

Tony Gale, corporate architect, Starbucks. Gale was honored for his long-time collaboration with the USGBC and his dedication to expanding Starbuck’s sustainability model. With more than 1,000 LEED-certified stores in 20 countries, Gale has uncovered new ways to achieve greater energy and water savings at each store, seeking to source ingredients and materials locally and addressing issues of transportation and location.

David Gottfried, CEO, Regenerative Ventures. Best known as co-founder of the USGBC and founder of the World Green Building Council, Gottfried serves as catalyst for transformational start-ups, collaboration, and inspiration. “His personal and professional journey to bring about greater realization of how each of us impacts our environment and how our environment impacts us has touched the lives of millions of people around the world,” the USGBC said.

Bill McDonough, chief executive, McDonough Innovation. McDonough, a world-renowned architect, “strives to create physical spaces that give back, enhancing the human experience, but also eliminating our impact on the environment,” the USGBC said. He is the co-creator of Cradle-to-Cradle, a global standard for safe, healthy, and sustainable products.

Michelle Moore, CEO, Groundswell. A senior executive for the USGBC in its early days, Moore was responsible for shaping the USGBC voice, the LEED brand, and green-building policies, the USGBC said. As federal chief sustainability officer within the Obama administration, Moore developed and launched the Better Buildings Challenge.

John Picard, founder and CEO, John Picard & Associates. Picard, the USGBC said, “has helped to define the path of sustainable American business over the past several decades, charting a course toward environmentally responsible practices through his work with such business giants as Ray Anderson and Don Fisher.” A key consultant in the Greening of the White House under President Clinton, he is a founding member of the USGBC.

Receiving the second annual Galvin award, given to honor the legacy of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin, was David Wade, president and chief operating officer, EPB. Under Wade’s leadership, EPB utilized its communitywide fiber-optic network to deploy the most advanced smart-grid power-management system in the country and is the first major power distributor to earn PEER (Performance Excellence in Energy Renewal) certification.

Receiving the Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award, given to a leader in the manufacturing sector whose commitment to and achievements in sustainability exemplify Anderson’s vision, was Diageo, maker of alcoholic beverages. “For Diageo, putting the principles of sustainability and responsibility into practice means accounting for social and environmental impacts in every aspect of its business—from sourcing raw materials to running manufacturing safely and efficiently to influencing how its brands are sold and consumed,” the USGBC said.