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National Institute of Building Sciences Appoints Jury for 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards

National Institute of Building Sciences

Award Recipients to Be Honored During Building
Innovation 2018

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“Welcome to the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards jury,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “This year’s jury has a diverse range of experience in achieving high performance in a variety of building types. I thank them for participating on the jury and look forward to seeing who they select to receive Beyond Green™ Awards in January.”

The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those projects and activities that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high performance from all of the entries submitted to the Institute by the extended November 15 deadline.

Deane M. Evans, FAIA, is director of the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. CBK is a multi-disciplinary research and technical assistance center focused on improving the performance of buildings and communities. A registered architect, Evans has over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors in creating and disseminating information on high-performance buildings; including jobs as: senior principal at Steven Winter Associates, a building systems consulting firm; vice president for research at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.; and the founding director of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Evans helped initiate the Beyond Green™ Awards Program when he served as vice-chair of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

Justin J. Zeulner, executive director and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a senior program developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. In this role, he was responsible for public engagement and campaign development around conservation and climate change. Prior to that, he served as senior director for sustainability and public affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers. Among his accomplishments there, he was directly involved in economic development, government relations and environmental initiatives that led to the Trail Blazers assuming a leadership role in the sports greening movement and the Moda Center achieving LEED Gold status, the first LEED Gold existing building in professional sports in the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Zeulner is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Bill Updike is a principal with Integral Group. He focuses on the company’s sustainable consulting practice as well as assisting with business development for their deep green engineering practice. Prior to joining Integral Group, Updike served as the chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch in the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, where he was responsible for policies and programs related to green building, climate change and other built environment sustainability planning for the city. Prior to joining the department, he worked as a project manager for a renewable energy company, as a green building construction manager for a design/build firm and as an outside sales representative for a green building supply company. In the early part of his career, Updike worked as an environmental journalist for two national magazines. He received one of the inaugural BOLD Awards at Greenbuild in 2015 and a Living Building Challenge Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute, also in 2015. Updike holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Evans, Zeulner and Updike will select the winners of the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards from all of the entries submitted. The 2017 award categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities.

In a change of venue, the Institute will recognize the 2017 award winners on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, during its Annual Awards Banquet. As part of the awards presentation, the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awardwinners have the opportunity to present their projects and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced while delivering high-performance buildings.

Learn more about the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards.

The Awards Banquet is one of a number of events taking place during Building Innovation 2018—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 8-11, at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Conference.

You may attend the Awards ceremony or the entire Conference. Register for tickets.

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49ers Join Global Leaders to Talk Climate Change at UN Summit

Levi’s Stadium

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The 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference concluded today in Germany, two weeks after the San Francisco 49ers helped open the gathering of international climate change advocates by participating in the inaugural UN Dialogue on Sport and Climate Action. The gathering of global sports organizations and sustainability experts, held October 30-31 in Bonn, Germany, preceded the global inter-governmental summit formally known as the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) that ended today. The larger summit was held to advance implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement to address climate change.

The award-winning 49ers stadium operations team was humbled to be invited to participate in this historic sports industry event on the basis of designing and operating Levi’s Stadium as one of the most environmentally sustainable sports and entertainment venues in the world. Having achieved the unprecedented honor of twice being awarded LEED Gold certification and setting an industry standard for solar power and recycled water usage, the 49ers were one of just 25 organizations to participate in the summit. The gathering was designed to develop collaborative approaches and platforms by which stakeholders at the intersection of sport and climate can contribute to achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Meeting with sports venues and organizations from around the world – big and small – really demonstrated that our Levi’s Stadium team is really well positioned to help lead the movement towards a more sustainable future for our industry,” said Pat Rogan, Levi’s Stadium Director of Engineering Operations, who represented the 49ers in Bonn at the UN Dialogue on Sport and Climate Action. “The conference showed us there are many organizations as committed as we are to being environmentally responsible neighbors and that if we all work together, we can be meaningful resources for the rest of the sports industry.

The UN Dialogue on Sports and Climate Action featured two full days of workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches focused on leveraging sport and its ability to influence social consciousness. One aim of which was to discuss ways to inspire fans of the sport to adopt some of its more sustainable practices in the areas of energy consumption, water conservation, waste diversion, reducing toxins, enhancing public transportation, stadium design, procurement, and fan and athlete engagement. Group working sessions included collective assessments of the impact on climate change from the sports industry, the risks to sport from climate change and governmental policy decisions, and the expectations on the sports industry to be advocates for climate change. The groups also discussed what individual and collective commitments can be made within the sports industry, what forms of cooperation can be established with relevant entities outside of the sports industry, and how can the sports industry better engage stakeholders to promote broader climate action.

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