Growing Green Awards Set For March 31

The U.S. Green Building Council- St. Louis Regional Chapter (UGBC-STL) will hold its second annual Growing Green Awards on March 31, 2010, from 6-10pm at Soulard Preservation Hall.  This awards program distinguishes itself by recognizing people and organizations who are transforming the built environment and who are sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices.

The USGBC-STL is a non-profit membership organization that advocates for and provides education and training around sustainable building practices and principles. Members include leaders in the region’s sustainable building efforts.

The 2010 Growing Green Awards event will be emceed by Matt Sepic of KWMU.  The Honorable Linda Goldstein, Mayor of the City of Clayton, will deliver the keynote address. The City of Clayton was an inaugural Growing Green Award winner last year in our Government Category.

Green event planning professional Rachel McCalla of Lucky You Productions has ensured every aspect of this event is eco-friendly. From the use of reused and recycled resources for the award plaques, to sourcing local food and beverages, McCalla has kept sustainability at the forefront.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories through March 4, 2010:

Innovator: seeking innovative solutions to a green building problem, including existing, new or renovated buildings, systems or operations.

Home Builder: working to further sustainable residential building, single family or multi-family up to 30 units.

Government: working within the governmental sector, through the sustainability of the built environment, to provide leadership by example and actions.

Quietly Green: demonstrating a commitment to the evolution of green building, promoting awareness of the movement and embodying the attributes and innovative spirit of a green building leader.

Educator: embracing sustainable building or creating an outstanding building, campus, system or innovation.

Corporate: working within the commercial sector, including multi-family buildings above 30 units, to further sustainable building.

Non-Profit: working in the non-profit sector to provide leadership, consulting, support or encouragement around sustainability and the built environment.

Winners from 2009:

Innovator- William A. Kerr Foundation

Residential- Habitat for Humanity St. Louis

Government Special Mention- U.S. Congressman

Russ Carnahan

Government Winner- City of Clayton

Quietly Green- Richard Reilly, Boa Construction,

and David Bertorelli

Education- Parkway School District

Commercial- LoftWorks, LLC

Thank you to our sponsors: Ameren UE, Clayco and St. Louis Electrical Connection (a partnership of IBEW and NECA), and our media sponsor, The Healthy Planet.

To attend the 2010 Growing Green Awards program on March 31, or for more information, visit the chapter’s website at www.usgbc-stl.org/green-awards.

Tickets and information are also available by calling Rachel McCalla at 314-210-7764.