2nd Annual USGBC-ET Green Light Awards Winners Announced

See an article about the Knoxville Green Light Event published in the Knox News Sentinel!

The USGBC East Tennessee Chapter (USGBC-ET) unveiled the 2012 leaders in the green building community of East Tennessee at the second annual Green Light Awards on Tuesday, January 22 at The Emporium in downtown Knoxville, TN.

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The Green Light Awards are an annual event to celebrate the accomplishments of the green building community and to show appreciation to USGBC-ET chapter members and volunteers.

2012 Award Recipients:
Green Light Award (Knoxville): The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) is recognized for its commitment to the environment, starting with the chancellor signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and the Talloires Declaration in 2007, which lay out specific goals for achieving specific environmental goals. Achievement of these goals began with UT’s recycling program and subsidizing public transit for students.

In 2007, UT’s Sustainable Building Policy made USGBC’s LEED rating system the standard for all new construction and renovation projects exceeding $5 million, including the Ayers Hall Renovation, the Min H. Kao Electrical and Computer Engineering building, and the Volunteer Boulevard Student Health Center. In 2008, UT adopted its Energy Conservation Policy related to energy reduction through control of heating and cooling, as well as environmental purchasing standards.

Sustainable projects integrated within college curricula include the LEED Platinum New Norris House and the Living Light house, which represented UT at the 2011 DOE Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. UT is also recognized for requiring the design of structures with a long life expectancy, including life cycle costs, as well as its 2011 Campus Master Plan, which contains goals and strategies for promoting environmentally friendly forms of transportation and campus green space.

Established in 2007, the UT Office of Sustainability further promotes environmental stewardship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, by “strategically bridging the gap between campus operations, teaching, research, and outreach”. Its work includes, programs, competitions, awards, initiatives, resources, and events through initiatives such as “Make Orange Green”, Earth Month, and other projects which incorporate recycling, energy saving, and water conservation.

2012 Green Leader Award (Knoxville): Mayor Madeline Rogero

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has long been a proponent of sustainability and environmentally-friendly efforts. Some of her efforts include:

• Securing the Office of Sustainability within the City budget
• The installation of 24 public electric vehicle charging stations in partnership with the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
• Becoming a Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge Partner and publicly pledging to reduce Knoxville’s energy consumption 20% by 2020.
• Undertaking monthly measurement and verification of local energy consumption.
• Issuing a Mayor’s Energy Challenge with Pathway Lending to announce $10 million dollars for businesses to do energy-efficiency projects.
• Submitting an application to Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, which proposed an urban agriculture food corridor. The application put the City among the Top 20 finalists for a $5-million grant or $1-million grant.
• Winning an IBM Smart Cities grant for a proposal to study connecting emergency utility bills to weatherization and energy education services.
• An award of a TDEC Infrastructure grant for new stormwater permitting best practices. The grant will cover a stormwater infrastructure retrofit, separating the stormwater program from the city’s sanitary sewer system; the creation of a rain garden/bio-infiltration planter; the installation of pollution control catch basins; and incorporating a system storage effort that allows infiltration into ground water.
• Championing the adoption of 2012 International Building Codes, including the International Green Construction Code, establishing safe and sustainable standards for construction.
• Budgeting for a tree management plan, greenway maintenance and improvements, and the residential single-stream curbside recycling program.

She is also active on the Board of Mayors for PlanET, a regional partnership of communities that discusses ideas about protecting the area’s valuable resources, and is on the Advisory Board for the Local Leaders Council of Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading smart growth practices in communities.

2012 Green Project Awards (Knoxville and Tri-Cities):
Three Rivers Market- Architect: Studio Four Design; Contractor: J A Street & Associates, Inc.
ORAU Center for Science Education- Owner: ORAU; Development Manager: Partners Development; Architect: Benefield Richters; Contractor: Blaine Construction.
Armed Forces Reserve Center- Architects: Shaw & Shanks Architects, PC with Reedy & Sykes Architecture and Design; Contractor: EMJ Corporation.
Eastport School Adaptive Reuse- Owner: KCDC; Development Manager: Partners Development; Architect: Eastport Architects: Barber McMurry Architects and Sanders Pace Architecture – A Joint Venture; Contractor: Denark Construction.

2012 Green Project Student’s Choice Awards:
Armed Forces Reserve Center- Shaw & Shanks Architects, PC/Reedy & Sykes Architecture and Design– A Joint Venture, EMJ Corporation.
Honorable Mention: Ayres Hall renovation- Ayres Hall Architects at UT Knoxville, A Joint Venture: Ross/Fowler, P.C. and Architects Weeks Ambrose McDonald, Inc., and Johnson & Galyon, Inc.


2012 Chapter Awards
Education Award: James Rose, AIA LEED AP, UT College of Architecture & Design
Advocacy Award: Susanna Sutherland, City of Knoxville Office of Sustainability
Volunteer Excellence Awards: Zane Foraker, Energy Manager, Knox County Schools, and Monika Miller with Elizabeth Eason Architecture.


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