Awards luncheon celebrates sustainability projects and community champions
Civic leaders and industry professionals from a six-county area participated in the March 6th, 2020 Leadership Awards Luncheon held by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Florida region group.
Attendees learned about recent and planned sustainability initiates, then celebrated the best environmental projects and community champions in Central Florida.
Mital Hall, Chair of USGBC Central Florida Region, hosted the event and acknowledged the work of local volunteers and the award sponsorships by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., 15 Lightyears, and ecoPreserve, LLC.
Mayors from four Central Florida communities delivered keynotes.
- Jose Alvarez, Mayor of Kissimmee
- Frank Cantino, Mayor of Satellite Beach
- Jerry Demings, Mayor of Orange County
- Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
A panel of local sustainability and resiliency officers from those communities then discussed the successes and challenges associated with community leadership.
ecoPreserve, LLC was pleased to have participated in two of the projects that earned awards. Both of those involved properties that had earned USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
The Rise to the Challenge (LEED for Existing Buildings) award was presented to the Orange County Convention Center, which had overcome significant obstacles, yet provided meaningful and sustainable outcomes. The convention center has implemented a whole-campus recycling program. In 2019, their food waste disposal program diverted over 160 tons of food to a composting facility. Other programs, like their Center-to-Table Gardens, have provided over 170,000 non-GMO plants within the past four years.
The Innovative Project Award for the public sector went to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, for the South Airport Automated People Mover Complex at Orlando International Airport. The half-million square foot complex was the first LEED v4 BD+C Certified project in Florida.