Green Giants – 2015 Green Building Local Hero Awards Program, sponsored this year by Peoples Bank and the US Green Building Council Massachusetts – West Branch (USGBCMA-West)

Here’s a little history: The Green Giants Award Program was created in 2013 as a biennial awards program by our chapter to honor the work of trades people, educators, and owners/program directors who help build, teach about, envision and fund the green buildings in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.

This program is intentionally distinct from other building design awards in its attempt to look at and honor a wider range of participants behind the sustainable building movement in our region.

In the Trades Category: The Green Giants Program sought to recognize individuals from any building trade or maintenance program who have gone the extra mile to ensure that a building (or campus) meets its sustainability goals.

Honorable Mentions – trades: Sean Jeffords, Beyond Green Construction, nominated by Megan McDonough; Joe Miles and Andy Clogston of RK Miles Lumber Yard, nominated by Jonathan Wright

Runner up – trades:  Kent Hicks, Kent Hicks Construction, nominated by Marc Rosenbaum

Green Giants – Trades – Winner: Mark Newey for his work at the Center for Eco Technology, nominated by Thom Barry

In the Educational Programs Category: Honorable Mention (education):

NESEA- Building Energy PRO-TOURS, Miriam Aylward & Jenny Goldberg, nominated by Jonathan Wright, and Runner-up in the education: Kathleen Lugosch, Professor& Master of Architecture Program Director, Umass, nominated by Kylie Landrey. The winner of the Green Giant Award for education: The UMASS Building Construction and Technology Department, nominated by Alexander C. Schreyer

For the Owner Category: The Green Giant program also recognized owners and institutions who have envisioned and funded an exemplary green project, knowing that without their vision and money none of this would happen.  Honorable Mention – Owner: Wright Builders for their investment in green construction at Village Hill, Nominated by Mark Dunn and Runner Up- Owner Jonathan Lash and Hampshire College for their investment in the R.W. Kern Center, nominated by Aelan Tierney

Green Giant- Owner Winner: Amy Johns, Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Class of 1966 Environmental Center, Williams College. Nominated by Charley Stevenson

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