a man holding a trophy he won in 2021

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region during its USGBC Live virtual conference. The USGBC Leadership Awards recognize the exemplary leadership of individuals and organizations contributing to the creation of sustainable, healthier, equitable and resilient buildings, cities and communities. The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region includes: Connecticut , Delaware, Massachusetts , Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

“At USGBC, we believe that healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy and it is only because of the leadership of organizations and individuals like our award recipients that this vision can become a global reality,” said Gautam Tarafdar, USGBC regional director, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region. “In what has been a very challenging year for everyone around the world, the green building industry has continued to carry on. In the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, organizations, governments and private industry are continuing to think about innovative ways to create green projects that lower carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier society. USGBC is proud to partner with them to advance our collective mission of a sustainable future for all.” 

The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are:

- RUPCO, Inc for its work on the Energy Square, a five-story multi-family low-rise in Kingston, New York;

- Boston Properties for The Hub on Causeway, a 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use retail, office, hotel, and residential space and an expansion of TD Garden on the 2.5-acre site in Boston;

- Colgate-Palmolive Company for their Burlington, N.J., facility becoming the first site in the world to achieve LEED Zero certification in all four LEED Zero categories: Carbon, Energy, Water, and Waste;

- Citigroup for their global headquarters at 388 Greenwich St. in New York City, a 2.2-million-square-foot asset with LEED Platinum certification and the largest corporate certified office in 2020 on the East Coast;

- Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex, a LEED Platinum facility created with innovative architecture, use of advanced technology and building materials free of the most harmful chemicals;

- Stevens Institute of Technology for the Gateway Academic Center in Hoboken, New Jersey, a LEED Gold certified, 89,500-square-foot space comprising two buildings and recognized for exceptional sustainability in design;

- LG North America for its 360,000-square-foot LEED Platinum-certified headquarters in New Jersey’s Palisades Park;

- New York-Presbyterian, David H. Koch Center for its oncology center, becoming the first project to earn certification under the LEED Healthcare rating system in New York City, and the first project in New York State to earn LEED Gold under the Healthcare rating system.