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Louisiana group honors contributions to green building movement

23 Dec 2014

The U.S. Green Building Council Louisiana Chapter has recognized several local companies and individuals for their contribution to the green building movement. At the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 20, Green Coast Enterprises and Roy O. Martin received awards, as well as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Design and Erin Ryerson, the chairwoman of the Greenbuild Host Committee.

Ryerson, an associate at VergesRome Architects, received the Community Champion Award in recognition of her leadership of the group of local professionals who were in charge of soliciting local partners, developing tours, coordinating a legacy project, “greening” the city, engaging the community and recruiting volunteers for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which took place Oct. 22-24.

Ryerson also coordinated approximately $150,000 worth of donations of green building products to Benjamin Franklin High School, making it the Green Schools Showcase during the Greenbuild conference. The products included sound-buffering ceiling tiles, self-tinting windows, Idea Paint to turn walls into white board, and various improvements to two bathrooms that make them water-conserving and energy-efficient.

The School of Architecture and Design at UL-Lafayette won the Champion Team Award in recognition of Geoff Gjertson’s work with a team of students to design and build a modular house, the Beausoleil Home, that was transported to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Solar Decathalon.

The Innovation Champion Award went to the Roy O. Martin Martco Lumber Company. The company’s management of its 582,000 acres of forest, where 12 million seedlings were planted in 2014, has been certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. In addition to sustainably harvesting its forests, the company has worked to make its manufacturing plants energy-efficient and has donated $14 million to Louisiana service organizations.

The Operational Excellence Champion Award went to Green Coast Enterprises of New Orleans, in recognition of its work with New Orleans’ schools, particularly in improving indoor air quality and education for occupants of green buildings.