2017 April/May VOL 15 Issue 2
GREEN, GREENER, GREENEST
Arizona Forward has been showcasing environmental excellence in the region for almost 40 years, recognizing contributions to quality of life and raising the bar for future development.
We are thrilled to open all entries in Arizona Forward's Environmental Excellence Awards, presented by SRP, to projects statewide for the third year. We were urged by our brethren in Northern and Southern Arizona to expand our awards program geographically and open all categories statewide on transitioning Valley Forward to Arizona Forward in 2013. It's a natural evolution for this iconic competition, which has grown significantly to become the largest and most prominent of its kind in Arizona.
Established in 1980, the awards recognize exemplary contributions to sustainability in eight broad-based categories. To demonstrate the power of collaboration, Arizona Forward joined forces with select public and private sector influencers to present joint categories including: Governor's Award for Arizona's Future, Vitalyst Health Foundation Award for Healthy Communities, Northern Arizona University Environmental Education & Communication and the SRP Award for Environmental Stewardship. Other categories encompass: buildings and structures, energy and technology innovation, site development and art in public places.
This year's gala will be held on Sept. 23 at the Westin Kierland Resort. The program is open to the public but reservations are required.
Last year, Northern Arizona University's International Pavilion earned the coveted President's Award (Best of Show). Jurists praised the facility as among the greenest building of its kind in the world. Jurists selected the NAU International Pavilion as best of show because the iconic project is the university's first net-zero facility – it produces as much energy as it consumes on-site. By achieving Platinum LEED-NC status (U.S. Green Building Council's highest honor for its LEED program) combined with being net-zero, this building naturally responds to the imperatives of climate change.
First place Crescordia winners, awards of merit and even those submittals that do not make the finalist list, pay tribute to virtually all facets of how we live, work and play, ranging from green buildings and magnificent desert vistas to livable communities, innovative public art, sustainable technologies and environmental education.
Join us in celebrating projects that set the standard for achieving a balance between the built and natural environment in our state's physical, technical, social and aesthetic development.
Your presence among a gathering of the best and brightest minds in sustainability is encouraged. Join design professionals, property owners, municipalities, corporations, educators, artists, environmental consultants and others who eagerly seek the coveted first-place Crescordia in the Academy Awards of the environmental community!
For more information, visit arizonaforward.org.
- Diane Brossart, PRESIDENT