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USGBC Wisconsin Celebrates Green Leadership and Achievement

Awards celebrate the advancement of sustainability in the built environment across the state

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—(June 14, 2018)—The U.S. Green Building Council Wisconsin (USGBC Wisconsin) will hold its Transformation Leadership Awards on Thursday, June 21. The awards honor the individuals, groups and organizations championing sustainable practices and driving the green transformation of Wisconsin’s built environment.

“The Transformation Awards recognize the triple bottom-line benefits of green buildings: people, planet and profit,” said Korinne Haeffel, director of USGBC Wisconsin. “Sustainable buildings are not only good for the environment – they also save money while providing a healthy living and working space for building occupants. We’re excited to honor the leaders who are working to ensure this goal is met, and who are transforming communities across Wisconsin.”

A majority of the award winners have been recognized due to their participation in the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Awardees of the Transformation Leadership Awards have used LEED as a tool to transform the Wisconsin built environment. The award winners include:

  • Ridges Sanctuary Cook-Albert Fuller Center, Award of Excellence, Innovative Design, New Construction: Featuring site remediation and restoration from a previously developed parcel of the land, the LEED Gold Cook-Albert Fuller Center stands at the entrance of the Ridges Sanctuary in Door County. The building incorporates energy efficient mechanical systems and sustainable design concepts, allowing community members of all ages to gather in support of land protection, education, outreach and research.
  • Gundersen Sparta Clinic, Award of Excellence, Innovative Design, New Construction: Only the second LEED-certified building in the city of Sparta, the Gundersen Sparta Clinic invested heavily in the use of renewable energy with the installation of a 110kW rooftop solar array and purchased solar credits from an offsite 252kW solar farm. With the solar array and the investment in the solar farm, the LEED Gold clinic anticipates that it will be able to offset its energy use with solar power.
  • UW Health-Union Corners Clinic, Award of Merit, Innovative Design, New Construction: Providing health services to the University of Wisconsin-Madison community, the LEED Silver Union Corners Clinic was developed on a former Brownfield site and incorporates a number of sustainable design tactics from limiting water use to maximizing energy efficiency. Additionally, more than 75 percent of construction waste was recycled, and more than 30 percent of the materials used for the building were sourced within 500 miles of Madison.
  • Gray TV & WMTV, Award of Merit, Innovative Design, New Construction: Home to Madison’s local NBC affiliate WMTV, the LEED Silver production studio incorporates a wide range of sustainable features including water efficient landscaping, low flow plumbing fixtures, energy efficient building systems, healthy building materials, day lighting, and green cleaning practices. It is also centrally located, maximizing use of alternative transportation options for workers and visitors.
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Union, Award of Merit, Innovative Design, New Construction: The UW-La Crosse student center incorporates sustainable principles with an emphasis on energy efficiency, storm water management systems, high-efficiency centralized cooling system for refrigerators and freezers, low-flow water fixtures and reduced light pollution. The project diverted more than 90 percent of its construction waste from the landfill, and more that 35 percent of the project’s materials came from within a 500-mile radius.
  • Northwestern Mutual Van Buren Office Building, Award of Excellence, Innovative Project, Existing Building Performance: the LEED Gold Northwestern Mutual Van Buren Office Building exemplifies sustainable renovation of an existing building. It was adapted from a multi-tenant building, but maintained all structural columns and floors, stairwells, elevator shafts, exterior skin and a majority of the roof. All existing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems were removed and replaced with sustainable and efficient equipment and materials.
  • Sage on Prospect, Award of Excellence, Innovative Project, Residential: Sage on Prospect is a LEED Platinum multi-family residential building in Milwaukee, and one of the most sustainable apartment buildings in the city. The innovative design of the building requires less energy, has a low carbon footprint and produces very little waste, both during construction and after completion. It is attracting residents who truly care about the future of our planet.
  • Milwaukee Public Museum, Award of Excellence, Most Successful Community Engagement: The Milwaukee Public Museum’s collaborative stormwater entryway project to construct a visually appealing and education museum entrance incorporating stormwater mitigation techniques. The public museum staff worked diligently with project partners to imagine a state of the art stormwater management design that would prove user friendly and encourage visitors to take time to engage with the space and learn more about how their water use can impact the community and Great Lakes region.
  • VA Community Resource & Referral Center, Award of Merit, Most Successful Community Engagement: A Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRCs), the LEED Silver center based in Milwaukee provides veterans who are homeless and at risk of homelessness with one-stop access to community-based, multiagency services to promote permanent housing, health and mental well being, career development and access to VA and non-VA benefits.