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Annual Party &

Leadership

Award Ceremony

March 10, 2022

Decarbonizing Our Future

creating community vibrancy through carbon goals in the built environment

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featuring keynote speaker:

Erin McDade

Senior Program Director of Architecture 2030

Erin McDade is Architecture 2030’s Senior Program Director. She leads Architecture 2030’s public policy and embodied carbon initiatives, focusing on developing data-driven solutions for building sector decarbonization. Recently she led the development of building-level, sector-wide decarbonization policy impact assessment models for each of the eleven municipal Zero Cities partners to support the development of city-specific policy roadmaps. She is currently managing Architecture 2030’s Zero Code initiative.

Erin McDade is Architecture 2030’s Senior Program Director. She leads Architecture 2030’s public policy and embodied carbon initiatives, focusing on developing data-driven solutions for building sector decarbonization. Recently she led the development of building-level, sector-wide decarbonization policy impact assessment models for each of the eleven municipal Zero Cities partners to support the development of city-specific policy roadmaps. She is currently managing Architecture 2030’s Zero Code initiative. Erin studied architecture as an undergraduate at Smith College and holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, where she focused on the intersection of buildings and the environment. In addition to her primary roles within the organization, Erin harnesses her background in design to ensure that Architecture 2030’s mission and project outcomes are represented and communicated globally using clear and compelling graphic design. She is also an accomplished public speaker, regularly representing Architecture 2030 and acting as a building sector decarbonization expert and advocate in public forums across the country. Erin is a founding member and former co-chair of the Carbon Leadership Network (formerly the Embodied Carbon Network), sat on the Carbon Leadership Forum Advisory Board, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment Working Group. She is a proud resident of Bellingham, Washington and recently completed a 15-month tenure as a city council-appointed volunteer member of the Bellingham Climate Action Taskforce. She led the taskforce in the creation of a comprehensive, data-driven roadmap and set of policy recommendations for building sector decarbonization that respond to the city’s specific context, strengths, and challenges and which, if implemented, will help enable Bellingham to achieve its goal of carbon-neutrality by 2035.

Annual Party & Leadership Award Ceremony

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's friends, members, professional partners, staff, and board celebrated the 2021 year at the Annual Party and Leadership award ceremony on March 10, 2022. Erin McDade, Assoc. AIA., Senior Program Director for Architecture 2030, led a thought-provoking discussion on the importance of and timing necessary to decarbonize our buildings that ensures the best possible economic and community health outcomes.

The night ended by celebrating the 2021 Leadership Awardees. These 8 organizations exhibited excellence in the green building sector. Each project pushed the envelope and put sustainability and human health at the forefront of design and construction. The Awardee descriptions and profiles are all below.

Leadership Awards

The USGBC-WM Leadership Awards promote outstanding green buildings, programs, and efforts by recognizing projects, organizations, and people who have made extraordinary contributions to achieving healthy, high-performing green buildings across the state of Michigan. Hear from the 2021 awardees as they share their perspectives on the design, construction, and operation of the most outstanding buildings and projects of the year.

Bazzani Building Company

2030 Leadership Award

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Aquinas College's Albertus Magnus Hall of Science

Certified Green Building Award | Higher Education

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LINC Up's Garfield Park Lofts

Certified Green Building Award | Multifamily

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John Ball Zoo's Meerkat Habitat

Certified Green Building Award | Sustainable Sites

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Grand Rapids Public Schools

Green Schools
Champion Award

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Western Michigan University

Innovative Project Award

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Hedrick Associates

Volunteer of the
Year Award

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Tanger Outlets Grand Rapids

Certified Green Building Award | Commercial

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