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Green Building Council honors sustainable projects

The North Carolina chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council presented its 2015 Sustainable Business Awards at its Green Gala event at the Ritz Carlton, Charlotte on Sept. 18. According to the council, the winners demonstrate exemplary commitment and success in creating a more sustainable future for North Carolina.

The Talking Walls award for systematic integration of sustainability standards was awarded under the three categories of residential, small commercial, and large commercial. The winning projects were the VandeMusser residence in Asheville; Ingersoll Rand’s Building B office renovation project in Davidson, and Metlife’s U.S. retail headquarters in Ballantyne.

The Green Apple a Day award for schools exemplifying leadership by integrating sustainability principles went to Cumberland County’s “Go Green” initiative. The Fearless Leader award for outstanding leadership was awarded to Ernie McLaney, president of CROWN; and Benjamin Miller, operations director of Elite Touch Cleaning Services.

The Thomas Edison award for companies demonstrating innovation was awarded to Innovative Design Inc. of Raleigh and Ingersoll Rand.

In addition, Alma Beciragic, a doctorate of philosophy candidate in environmental science and engineering at UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was voted the 2015 People’s Choice winner for her work on water-science research. She will receive an additional $1,000 for her studies. Beciragic previously was one of three winners of the N.C. chapter’s $2,000 Rob Eggers Memorial Scholarship.

The US Green Building Council establishes the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design rating system for environmentally sustainable buildings. In North Carolina there are about 1,600 LEED-certified buildings and 5,700 professionals with LEED credentials.

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