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The purpose of the Excellence in Building Green Award is to recognize King County employees that exemplify excellence in green building and sustainable development. Awards will be given out at the King County Excellence in Building Green Award Ceremony and Summit scheduled for October 26, 2011.

Awards will be given in nine categories:

  1. Infrastructure – This category is for any infrastructure project that has used green building strategies and the Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard. Project may be in any stage of development.
  2. Building – This category is for any building project that has used green building strategies and the LEED rating system or Sustainable infrastructure Scorecard. The project may be in any stage of development.
  3. Planning – This category is for any project that has used an innovative planning process to achieve green goals.
  4. Creative deconstruction, reuse and recycling – This category is for projects that have employed deconstruction and salvage techniques to recover materials or that have incorporated reused or recycled materials in the project. For example, innovative reuse of infrastructure, buildings or construction materials to save money, energy and other resources while reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
  5. Maintenance and Operations – Nominations in this category exemplify on-going efforts to improve building systems through implementing conservation measures, operating equipment efficiently, operating and maintaining facilities in accordance to LEED EBOM or equivalent standards, and other strategies that contribute to sustainable building practices.
  6. Leader in Green Building – Individuals nominated in this category show leadership in green building. Those nominated demonstrate an on-going commitment to ensuring green strategies are used in projects and act as a resource for others. In addition, their leadership illustrates exemplary resourcefulness in the county’s sustainability goals despite challenges lack of funding, staffing, training or other resources.
  7. Resource Conservation - Individuals or projects nominated in this category demonstrated significant reduction in ongoing energy or water consumption as supported by rebate programs sponsored by local utilities. Nominees must demonstrate successful participation in at least one conservation program sponsored by PSE, Seattle City Light or Seattle Public Utilities.
  8. Innovation in Policy – Individuals or projects nominated for this category developed or shepherded policies at a local, regional, state or national level that encourage or allow green building with ease, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  9. Habitat Restoration and Landscape – Individuals or projects nominated in this category demonstrated green and sustainable practices toward restoration or creation of habitat or innovative resource friendly landscaping.

Any project from 2009 to today is eligible to be nominated. A project will only be awarded one award. However, a project can be nominated for multiple categories.

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