Category Award Finalists:

Category winners and honorary mention will be announced at the Gala.

Outstanding Green Portfolio:

The Outstanding Green Portfolio Award honors a company or organization whose portfolio of owned, operated and/or occupied real estate space demonstrates exceptional leadership and innovation in the adoption of green building standards and practices.  The 2012 Portfolio Super Hero finalists are:
  • The City and County of San Francisco’s Municipal Green Building Program was established in 1999.  Its portfolio of green properties include such notable projects as: The “Double LEED Platinum” California Academy of Sciences; SFO’s Terminal 2, the first LEED Gold airport terminal in the US; Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, California's first LEED certified hospital; and 10 branch libraries in the process of achieving LEED certification.
  • Google, Inc. is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google applies the same focus to greening its office buildings worldwide as it does for any of its products: put the user first. From concept through design, construction and operations, Google is committed to creating work environments that promote employee health, collaboration and productivity.
  • Hines is one of the largest and most sustainable real estate organizations in the world. The firm’s portfolio includes more than 482 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments.  This currently includes 198 projects, representing more than 100 million square feet that have been certified, pre-certified or registered under the various LEED rating systems.  In 2012 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the fifth time, with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Outstanding Community Organization:

This award honors a non-profit organization that has demonstrated a profound impact on their community through their commitment to sustainability and social equity.  The 2012 Community Service Super Hero Finalists are:
  • First Community Housing, Inc. is a pioneer in the development of architecturally significant, sustainable, affordable housing.  Since 1986, FCH has created housing for more than 3,000 low-income residents in 15 affordable rental housing developments (over 1,200 units) throughout the San Francisco Bay region.
  • Urban Solutions strengthens underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco by supporting small businesses, job creation, diversity and sustainability.  Their Green Business Program offers on-site consulting and workshops to help businesses identify money-saving opportunities that conserve environmental resources. Urban Solutions has served over 100 clients, diverted 2.7 million gallons of waste from landfill, conserved 2.1 million gallons of drinkable water, reduced carbon emissions by 5,600 tons and saved 100 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

David Gottfried Special Achievement Award:

  • Kevin Hydes, President & CEO, Integral Group
    With over 30 years of experience as an engineer, Kevin Hydes has spent the past 15 years focusing on green design and advancing its cause. Kevin is internationally recognized as a leader in sustainable design and for his contributions to the building industry. Over the past decade he has gained a reputation as an innovator, pioneer, and green business leader, creating transformative strategies as former President and CEO of Keen Engineering and Vice President of Stantec. Kevin was a founder of the Northern California Chapter of USGBC and served as Chair of the USGBC ffrom 2005-2006.  Kevin is a founder and director of CanadaGBC.


U.S. Green Building Council -
North California Chapter

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