Wells Fargo, Bloomberg, Malkin Named Green Building Leaders

Wells Fargo, Bloomberg, Malkin Named Green Building Leaders

Banking firm Wells Fargo, Anthony Malkin, the guiding force behind the Empire State Building's sweeping retrofit and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are among the organizations and individuals the U.S. Green Building Council is honoring this year.

The 2011 Leadership Awards will be presented October 6 in Toronto at the USGBC's annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

For Wells Fargo, the announcement of the winners last week coincided with the company's release of its latest environmental report (pdf).

Wells Fargo has provided more than $8 billion in financing to businesses and projects benefiting the environment since 2005, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent since 2008, constructed or renovated 58 banks to meet LEED standards since 2008, and now has 19 LEED or Energy Star-rated buildings. The firm, awarded for organizational leadership in the private sector, was a pioneer participant in the LEED volume-certification program for new construction and recently joined the pilot of the LEED volume program for existing buildings.

Malkin of Malkin Holdings is being honored for leadership in the private sector. He provided a vision for the renovation of the Empire State Building, which included the extensive retrofit for energy efficiency and a move to green power. Malkin also has become an advocate for green leasing. He is making documentation of work in both areas, as well as other tools, available for public use.

Through PlaNYC, Bloomberg has brought more "cool" energy-saving roofs to the Big Apple; put into effect a Blueprint for Greening New York City Buildings, which started with retraining programs for building supers; and signed into law measures that require energy performance reporting and improvement by commercial buildings. Bloomberg, the honoree for leadership by an individual in the public sector, also chairs the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Others being honored include:

• The White House Council on Environmental Quality for organizational leadership in the public sector.

• The Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the first LEED-Platinum hospital, for organizational leadership among NGOs.

• Kelly Caffarelli, president of the Home Depot Foundation, for individual leadership among NGOs.

Deutsche Bank AG for international leadership. Deutsche Bank, the inaugural winner of the award, received LEED-Platinum certification (the highest rating possible) for its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

• Greg Kats, the president of Capital-E and a venture partner with Good Energies, and Lynn Simon, president of green building consulting firm Simon & Associates, Inc. Kats and Simon will receive the USGBC President's Award in recognition of distinguished careers and exceptional work in furthering the green building movement.

• Green schools advocate Jayni Chase, who receives the Center for Green Schools Excellence Award from the Otis Elevator Company.

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