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2016 USGBC MD Wintergreen Awards – A Banner Night for Lorax

The Event

The Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building is always an exciting evening for the Lorax crew; new and sustainable venues to explore, interesting projects to learn from, excellent networking and mingling, and the nervous anticipation of the award ceremony. Every year, it warms our collective hearts to see our partners and clients honored and feel many of our projects lauded.  We even had the opportunity to learn from the sustainable choices made throughout the design and construction of the new Exelon Building in Harbor Point. But this year at the 12th Anniversary Wintergreen Awards ceremony, Lorax Partnerships had a lot to celebrate! 

Prior to the Wintergreen Awards this year, unbeknownst to us, a longtime friend and partner, nominated Lorax Partnerships for the USGBC MD Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building rating systems. Simultaneously, we nominated Baltimore City Public Schools, our partner in the Baltimore City Schools Construction Program, for the very same Leadership Award.  When the list of finalists was published, we realized we were competing against them in the Leadership Category.  Nothing like a little friendly competition!

Shock and Disbelief

As Sabrina Bachman, the Executive Director of the USGBC MD Community, began the award ceremony, Lorax settled in for a potential loss to our friend and competitor, Baltimore City Public Schools. Sabrina kicked off the award ceremony with the President’s Choice Award, the most competitive award, as all of the nominees – project and leadership – are eligible to receive it.  We were all stunned when Sabrina announced “Lorax Partnerships!” We all looked at each other in shock as we were cajoled to the podium to accept the plaque and honor of receiving the President’s Choice Award!

Below is an excerpt from the award address:

“Let me share a little bit about Lorax Partnerships:

  • Since its inception, Lorax has helped clients reach their sustainability goals, including through the completion of 188 green building projects.
  • Lorax is deeply involved in USGBC Maryland as members, committee volunteers, and through past service on our local board of directors. Their expertise has benefited our USGBC network and other organizations and agencies looking to analyze the best use of rating systems and codes.
  • Locally owned and operated from its base in Baltimore, Lorax provides sustainability and green building consulting… Continue reading

Maryland Earned Seventh Place in the USGBC Annual Top 10 list

In Late January, the US Green Building Council released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED; the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system.  The list ranks states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident.  LEED certified buildings use less energy and water resources, save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create a healthier environment for building occupants.

In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh in the country by the US Green Building Council.  Maryland certified 104 projects representing 13,426,623 square feet of real estate, which corresponds to 2.33 LEED certified square feet per resident, in 2016.

“I’m always proud to see Maryland on the list of top 10 states for LEED,” said Sabrina Bachman, director of community, USGBC Maryland. “I have the honor of seeing many of our exemplary sustainable building projects first-hand, and it’s wonderful for this local work to be recognized nationally, and even globally.”

Some of Lorax’s projects certified in 2016 that contribute to Maryland’s status in the Top Ten include:

2017 is well on its way to being another great year for LEED certified space in Maryland and for Lorax!  For more information on the ranking, please see the USGBC Press Release.

2016 USGBC MD Wintergreen Awards are Lighting Up Baltimore

Congratulations to our clients and friends who were selected as finalists for the US Green Building Council Maryland Chapter’s 12th Annual Wintergreen Awards!   The Wintergreen Awards Ceremony will be held on January 26, 2017 from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm at Exelon Baltimore Headquarters.

We wish to extend a few special congratulations to those in the running this year:

First and foremost, congratulations to Baltimore City Public Schools and the COPT Sustainability Committee… our fierce competition for Wintergreen’s Leadership Award! This award honors organizations and firms that have demonstrated leadership in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building across Maryland.  Lorax is thrilled to have qualified for this prestigious recognition and wishes the best of luck to all!

We also want to highlight Verde at Greenbelt Station for qualifying as 1 of the 3 finalists for the Residential Project Award! Verde will not only offer housing that is highly energy efficient, water efficient, and solar powered, but tenants will benefit from numerous sustainable amenities, such as preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles, convenient access to DC’s public transportation, and plenty of green outdoor space for work and play. The three building complex is anticipating achievement of LEED BD+C: New Construction v2009 Gold in winter 2017. Working with Atapco Properties and The Dolben Company on this project has been a pleasure.

We look forward to celebrating all of the “Exelont” advocates of Maryland green building next week!

USGBC Maryland’s Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building celebrates projects, businesses, members and partners demonstrating excellence in high performance and healthy building design, environmental stewardship, community impact, and more. Network over great food and drinks with key green building professionals and sustainability supporters in our region!

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and event attendees will vote for the recipient of our People’s Choice Project Award! Details & Registration

Lorax Goes Undercover at the Spy Museum Groundbreaking

The International Spy Museum is about to embark on the second phase of their LEED certification: Construction. Please see the mission critical and confidential document below for the assignment.lorax_spymuseum2016_postcard_final_page_1

On September 14th two of Lorax’s project managers, agents known as Katie 1 and Katie 2, embarked on a mission to the nation’s capital. While img_7457previously sworn to secrecy on the sustainable design plans, the groundbreaking ceremony was the perfect opportunity to unveil the top secret plot to achieve LEED certification for the new International Spy Museum building.

L’Enfant Plaza was filled with many other secret agents disguised as groundbreaking-luncheon-attendees. From Milton Maltz, the Founder and Chairman of the Spy Museum Board, to Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the event was abuzz with the underground intelligence community. Lorax agents were also able to strategize with fellow accomplices to the LEED mission including Hickok Cole Architects, Clark Construction, JBG Companies, Vanderweil Engineers, and the Malrite Company.img_7452

Disguised in red hard hats, all of the top agents prepared for groundbreaking as the program speakers covered the tactics that will be employed in order to successfully open the “expanded and revitalized” Spy Museum in 2018.

With construction officially kicking off, our team plans to use 30% recycled materials vastly reducing the impact on img_7473virgin and raw material resources as well as 10% regionally sourced materials to greatly reduce the negative effect of transporting these materials. We will also be diverting a minimum of 75% of debris from the landfill in order to achieve the project’s LEED and sustainability goals.

The intelligence Lorax gained on the history and educational offerings of the International Spy Museum has us readily prepared to accomplish Mission: LEED!

 

 

If These Walls Could Talk: Building 60

img_4383Congratulations to our client, Wexford Science and Technology!  Wexford recently won The Talking Walls award from the North Carolina chapter of USGBC at the Green Gala and Sustainable Business Awards for Building 60 in Winston-Salem, NC.  This award recognizes a successful integration of sustainability standards in the category of existing building renovations. 

Building 60 ExteriorBuilding 60 is part of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.  This state of the art district is home to a variety of academic institutions and companies, and fosters research and education in biomedical science, IT, clinical services, and digital media.  Building 60 adds over 300,000 square feet of additional laboratory and office space in a major renovation of a historic building, and care was taken to maintain the historic integrity of the existing structure. 

Building 60 targeted a very high level of sustainability and is expected to earn LEED Platinum certification.  They have reduced both their energy and water use by over 40% for dramatic savings in both.  They also reused 96% of the existing usable walls, floor and roof, and recycled over 90% of their construction waste. 

img_0236Wexford targets a high level of environmental stewardship in all of their buildings and developments.  For example, the three other projects in the Innovation Quarter, Wake Forest Biotech Place, Inmar/525 @ Vine Street, and 625 @ Vine Street all achieved LEED Gold or Platinum.

Congratulations once again to Wexford Science and Technology on their outstanding achievement!

2016 Iconic Green: Here We Come!

This year, Lorax is taking a delegation of 4 representatives to GreenBuild International Conference and Expo Iconic Green located in Los Angeles, California.  Lorax Project Managers will be in attendance from Tuesday morning October 4th through Friday October 7th to learn about new sustainable strategies, become familiar with green building technologies, learn from our peers, promote the achievements of our clients, and network with friends — both new and old.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Where you can find us:

  • Greenbuild Plenary & Celebration
  • Annual GreenBuild Raters Party: Epic After Party 2016
  • Various Educational Sessions
  • On the Expo Hall Floor

To join us at GreenBuild, go to http://greenbuildexpo.com/ in order to register for the conference and expo. And, if you would like to join us at the Annual GreenBuild Raters Party: Epic After Party 2016, contact us here!  We have tickets!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!

This Earth Day, in recognition of our valued clients’ and customers’ commitment to sustainability, Lorax Partnerships is kicking-off ongoing participation in a tree planting program.  Lorax has selected to participate in Replanting Our Forests, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation – a national nonprofit conservation and education organization committed to making our world greener and healthier.

Today, Lorax made a donation to the Replanting Our Forests program triggering the planting of 165 trees in our National Forests; these trees donated represent each of our 165 completed Green Building and Sustainability projects to date.  Going forward, a donation will be made to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Replanting Our Forests program for each additional completed Green Building and Sustainability project on behalf of our clients.

Each tree planted helps to protect our watershed, improve air quality, preserve wildlife habitat, stabilize soil, reduce flooding events, increase reclamation, recover riparian buffers, sequester carbon, ensure future seed sources, increase revenue-generating recreation, and create jobs.

This Earth Day, Lorax is giving thanks to our clients and customers for their commitment to sustainability and green development, while also giving back to our earth. 

With these gifts in mind, if you are looking to undertake an act of kindness on this Earth Day, consider your own contribution to https://www.arborday.org/.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

The Results are in for Wintergreen 2016!

And the winner is…

7880 Milestone Parkway at Arundel Preserve, a project by COPT, won one of the prestigious USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Excellence in Green Building Awards!

7880 Milestone PkwyThe first of four buildings to be built in this location at Arundel Preserve, 7880 Milestone Parkway is a distinctive Class A office building on wooded site with easy access to MD Route 295 and MD Route 175. The Park will feature abundant landscaping and outdoor gathering areas. All buildings in the Park feature various sustainable design elements, but the office space at 7800 Milestone Parkway will go above and beyond by achieving LEED Gold in early 2016.  The project has documented a 29.7% energy cost savings as well as a 42% potable water use reduction to contribute to the LEED Certification.

Kudos to Jacqueline Lusk on her management of this highly efficient and successful project!

The Event

The Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building is always a blast for the Lorax crew, but this year at the 11th Anniversary awards ceremony, Lorax Partnerships had a lot to celebrate!  Some of our partners were honored, and many of our most sustainable projects were celebrated.  We had the opportunity to learn from the sustainable design choices made throughout the renovation of the Green Street Academy, in order to help implement similar strategies on future projects.

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Other Award Winners

A hearty congratulation is in order for the other Project Award winners, Leader Awards winners, People’s Choice Award Winner, and the President’s Award Winner!  We are so proud of our partners, friends, clients, and especially of our project managers who worked so diligently to make these awards a possibility.

Maryland Ranked 2nd in LEED Ranking

Maryland earned second place in the USGBC annual Top 10 list.

Clifton Mansion

Clifton Mansion

Earlier this month, the US Green Building Council released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED; the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system.  The list ranks states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident.  LEED certified buildings use less energy and water resources, save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create a healthier environment for building occupants.

In 2015, Maryland ranked second in the country, an improvement over last year’s third, by the US Green Building Council.  Maryland certified 127 projects representing 17,659,881 square feet of real estate, which corresponds to 3.06 LEED certified square feet per resident, in 2015.

West Side Homeless Shelter

West Side Homeless Shelter

“Sustainability is important to our local communities and businesses and Maryland’s continued commitment to green building is a testament to that,” said Sabrina Harder Bachman, Director of Community – Maryland, USGBC. “We’re proud to once again be in this Top 10 list for LEED, and excited to be moving closer to that number one spot.”

Some of Lorax’s projects certified in 2015 that contribute to Maryland’s status in the Top Ten include:

National Business Park 310

National Business Park 310

These projects that Lorax helped to certify in 2015 contribute to Lorax’s total of 79 projects certified in Maryland to date.  2016 is well on its way to being another great year for LEED certified space in Maryland and for Lorax!  For more information on the ranking, please see the USGBC Press Release.

2016 Wintergreen Awards Are Around The Corner

Wintergreen 2016

Congratulations to our clients and friends who were selected as finalists for the US Green Building Council Maryland Chapter’s 11th Annual Wintergreen Awards!   The Wintergreen Awards Ceremony will be held on January 28, 2016 from 5:30-9:30 pm at Green Street Academy in Baltimore.

We wish to send a special congratulation to 7880 Milestone Parkway for their dedication and commitment to sustainability and green building.  Working with Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) on this project has been a pleasure.

Clifton Mansion, home of Civic Works, Baltimore’s urban service corps and an AmeriCorps program, is vying for the People’s Choice Project Award.  Civic Works builds brighter futures and pathways out of poverty by placing participants in job training opportunities, particularly in weatherization and energy efficiency, construction, and healthcare industries.  The project was able to achieve significant energy savings though a geothermal water source heat pump system and update the building envelope while maintaining the historic integrity of building.

We are studying up for our Wintergreen finals and hope that we pass the sustainability test!

USGBC Maryland’s Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building celebrates projects, businesses, members and partners demonstrating excellence in high performance and healthy building design, environmental stewardship, community impact, and more. Network over great food and drinks with key green building professionals and sustainability supporters in our region!

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and event attendees will vote for the recipient of our People’s Choice Project Award! Details & Registration