In celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. Green Building Council Nevada (USGBC Nevada) and GREEN Alliance rolled out the green carpet to honor local leaders who are inspiring immense progress for Nevada, illuminating the best in green building, community engagement and service at the Green Awards Gala. It was a great night celebrating some of the great people who are pushing Nevada to the forefront of sustainability.
GREENFEST’S ROB DORINSON ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARD
Ciara Byrne and Kim MacQuarrie, Co-founders of Green Our Planet
By providing fundraising and programmatic support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), nutrition and conservation education, Ciara and Kim’s work is bringing a new level of awareness and change to Nevada’s schools and to communities across the state.
COMMUNITY GREEN BUILDING LEGACY AWARD
Cashman Equipment Headquarters
Cashman Equipment achieved LEED Gold Certification through a whole-building approach to sustainability. Due to these efforts, the company saw a 32 percent overall reduction in energy use, a 43 percent reduction in water use, and 97 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills. More than just the green building, Cashman Equipment Co. has been a longtime supporter of sustainable development across Nevada.
COMMUNITY LEADER IN GREEN SCHOOLS
Las Vegas Academy for the Arts
The Las Vegas Academy for the Arts’ (LVA) growing garden has become a robust teaching tool for environmental education, and a gathering point for neighbors, partners and old downtown Las Vegas.
Zion Community Garden, Conservation District of Southern Nevada
Nevada. Through tireless work, Zion Community Garden has seen measurable results by bringing together partners from across southern Nevada, supporting local foods, civic engagement and community sustainability.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP
Vinny Spotleson is a longtime champion of green building in Nevada, and an early member of USGBC Nevada.
USGBC Nevada, Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree
Pat served as the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority from 1993 until retiring in February 2014, and as the general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District from 1989 until her retirement.