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October 8, 2019

Building a green world by building green buildings

PHOTO | Contributed Green Building Awards keynote speaker John Mandyck of NYC’s Urban Green Council at Common Ground High School Thursday.

A net-zero-emissions new home, a new building at UConn/Storrs and an innovative private school in North Haven were all honored as part of the 13th annual Green Building Awards program of the Connecticut Green Building Council.

The event, which recognizes notable achievements in sustainability on the part of people and things, took place last Thursday at New Haven’s Common Ground High School.

For this year, the program was expanded to include two new award categories: recognition of sites that exhibit sustainable qualities, and the Trailblazer award, given in recognition of work that has a unique and lasting impact on the public and the environment.

On Thursday, CTGBC's board of directors gave its inaugural Trailblazer award to Sustainable CT in recognition of its efforts to transform and promote strategies that encourage responsible stewardship of Connecticut's resources as embodied in the ethos of the award: "The seeds for sustainability sown today will feed the livability of generations of tomorrow."

Said Lynn Stoddard, executive director of Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program for Connecticut municipalities, “With more than 52 percent of Connecticut towns and cities participating and a new cohort of Sustainable CT-certified communities to be announced at the end of this month, it is fitting to receive the first Trailblazer Award on behalf of the inspiring accomplishments of our communities.”

Other Green Building Award winners included:

• Chris Schweitzer, director of the New Haven/Leon Sister Cities Project, recipient of the Judy Swann Green Advocate Award.

• A new University of Connecticut engineering and science building received the group’s Institutional Award of Merit.

• The Slate School of North Haven (Atelier Ten Award of Excellence), whose innovative curriculum is focused on cultivating creativity and ingenuity in its K-6 students.

• Hartford Habitat for Humanity (Residential Award of Honor).

Thursday’s keynote speaker was John M. Mandyck, CEO of the NYC-based Urban Green Council. According to CTGBC chair Wayne Conleigh, Mandyck “showed us that if New York City can agree to phase in very ambitious carbon emission-reduction targets for their buildings and create thousands of new jobs in the process, Connecticut must do the same.”

Headquartered in New Haven, the CT Green Building Council is a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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