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PRESS RELEASE — Urban Green Council, USGBC New York

Urban Green Council Announces the EBies

New Awards for Performance in Existing Buildings

NEW YORK, January 23, 2012 — Urban Green Council, USGBC New York, today announced the EBie Awards™, a new nationwide juried competition that celebrates performance improvements in Existing Buildings (hence the EBies), and the people who made them happen. Their work is likely to have been done on a shoestring budget and needed great tenacity and conviction.

Who are these unsung heroes? The EBies™ recognize significant increased environmental performance in existing buildings among building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work. Focus areas include energy, water, operations, lighting and landscaping as well as effective energy use education. A complete list of EBie Award categories is here.

Why the EBies? There are already important awards that recognize sustainable design in new buildings. But from an environmental standpoint, the biggest impact lies in improving existing buildings, which comprise 95 percent of America's building stock. Until the EBies, there was virtually no recognition for this critical sector.

"Nearly 90% of the buildings that will support our communities in 2030 are already standing; in order to make an impact on our energy usage profile we need to focus on existing buildings. The EBies are a perfect way to acknowledge the successes by practitioners in the field who are leading the way to a more energy-efficient future."

—Jeff Brodsky, President, Related Management

"It's existing buildings, not new construction, that present the most meaningful opportunity and challenge in terms of sustainability. The EBies recognize what the best and brightest are doing to solve these challenges."

—Gaston Silva, Senior Vice President/COO, Vornado Realty Trust

For each winning entry, Urban Green Council will award an EBie to the individual most responsible for making the project happen, as well as recognize his or her key team members.

Entries will be accepted for projects anywhere in the continental United States via the EBies website, An independent EBie Awards Jury representing leading owners, building operators, designers, academia and government will select finalists and winners for each award.

EBies Key Dates:

  • EBies Launch: January 23, 2012
  • Call for Entries: February 1—March 30, 2012
  • Finalists Announced: May 9, 2012
  • EBie Awards in New York City: June 28, 2012 (evening)

EBie Jurors:

Dana L. Bourland, AICP
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Duane J. Desiderio
The Real Estate Roundtable

Dr. Constantine E. Kontokosta, PE, AICP, LEED AP
NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment

Sukanya Paciorek
Vornado Realty Trust

Chrissa Pagitsas
Fannie Mae

Rafael Pelli
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Michael Zatz
Environmental Protection Agency

About Urban Green Council
The mission of Urban Green Council, the U.S. Green Building Council of New York, is to lead the advancement of sustainability in urban buildings through education, advocacy and research. With its in-house technical staff and network of expert members and pro bono consultants, Urban Green Council is a center for urban green building policy development, assisting with New York City's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan and leading the NYC Green Codes Task Force.

In addition, Urban Green Council is leader in sustainability education and outreach. Current programs include:

  • Technical workshops for architects and engineers;
  • Conferences and educational sessions addressing leading urban sustainability issues;
  • Outreach to New York City building owners and operators on new energy legislation;
  • GPRO, a national training and certificate program for building trades, contractors, and operators.

Contact: Russell Unger

Download this press release as a PDF. Also available online here.


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