Innovative Project Awardees of the Past and Future

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. Each year we celebrate these individuals at our Annual Party and Leadership Awards Ceremony, where their achievements are highlighted and awarded. One award that stands out a bit from the rest is our Innovative Project Award, which is decided based on a nomination and voting process. 

The Innovative Project Award is designed to honor projects that break the mold of standard building construction, design, and operations. The projects in question exemplify innovation and astute practices that reflect the goals of U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM)’s programs. 


This past year we highlighted three projects in this category:

In third place we highlighted Synergy Consulting Engineers and McLaren for their McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital project. The facility provides a long list of services to the community, including a Level III Trauma Center/Emergency Department, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, comprehensive cardiac programs, medical/surgical units, and state-of-the-art women and children’s health services including a modern birthing center. 

In second place Western Michigan University was awarded for their Campus Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Network. In May of 2022 Western Michigan University, in partnership with Consumers Energy, unveiled 10 new dual-port electric vehicle chargers on campus capable of powering up 20 vehicles simultaneously. 

We awarded our first place winner, TowerPinkster for their Kalamazoo College Natatorium project. TowerPinkster worked with Kalamazoo College to design a replacement natatorium that includes a NCAA competition-compliant pool with wet offices and classrooms, spectator viewing areas, and locker rooms.


You can find more information about these projects as well as other past examples linked below.

Tower Pinkster & Kalamazoo College - 2022 Winner

Western Michigan University - 2022 2nd Place Winner 

Synergy Consulting Engineers & McLaren - 2022 3rd Place Winner

Western Michigan University’s Business Research and Technology Park Phase 2 - 2021 Winner

Circuit West - 2019 Winner

Michigan State University Carport Solar Array Project - 2018 Winner


This year we are accepting nominations for the Innovative Project Award from September 19, 2023 until September 29, 2023. A vote will be taken following nominations. We are excited to read about the exciting projects that have taken place this past year and the astounding efforts in sustainability and innovation that have been made by our community.

To learn more about the Innovative Project Award and nomination process visit this link.