The 2013 Vision Award Winners

On Thursday November 14th the Seattle 2030 District held our first awards event, the 2013 Vision Awards, where we honored members for their achievements over the last year, and highlighted current and future Seattle 2030 District programs. The following members received awards for their exemplary contributions:

JSH Properties were awarded the Largest Organizational Transformation – Beginning in 2012, JSH Properties began using The Seattle 2030 District’s Strategic Energy Management Program, through support from Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, to set aggressive goals in creating their Roadmap to high performance. Under the leadership of Sustainability Director Emma Karlsson, JSH was able to align their entire Seattle property management and engineering team toward the same goal by entering 6 properties into the program, including 1000 Denny, First Hill Plaza, First and Stewart Building, and Waterfront Place. 

Skanska USA Commercial Development - New Construction Development - Skanska is the first Seattle developer to express their intent to meet the 2030 District Challenge in their design and construction requirements at 400 Fairview Avenue North. While many of our member-developers have adopted the 2030 District Challenge, Skanska is the first to actively integrate the goals into their design, construction, and operations requirements for a permitted new development project. 400 Fairview will be designed and constructed to reduce energy, water, and carbon from transportation by 60% over the national median when it opens in 2015. This is a monumental project that will have ripple effects across the industry. ​

Seattle Steam - On-Bill Utility Innovation - One of the major barriers to energy efficiency in commercial real estate involves a complex web of funding limitations and split incentives that make great energy saving projects difficult financial investments. Enter on-bill repayment, the Seattle Steam Company, through a financing vehicle developed by MacDonald Miller and Energy Capital Solutions, now allows their customers to repay energy-efficiency loans on their utility bill. This does two things: 1) it overcomes debt issues with a building’s primary lender, and 2) it makes the debt repayments an operational expense (instead of a capital expense) that can be recovered with realized energy savings over time. This is innovative problem-solving at it's best and highlights the importance of utility innovation in helping to transform the built environment so we can achieve the highest levels of sustainability.

Most Innovative New Construction Project – Bullitt Center - The Bullitt Foundation opened the Bullitt Center this year in what is being touted as the greenest office building in the world. When it opened, the Bullitt Center immediately exceeded the 2030 District’s goals for new construction – not our goal for new construction today (which is 60% better than national median), but for new construction in the year 2030 which is net zero energy, and 50% reduction in water and carbon emissions from transportation. Highlights include solar energy production that generates as much electricity as the building uses; rainwater collection that is stored and reused throughout the building, and alternative transportation amenities that dramatically reduce the use of carbon-based single-occupancy vehicles. Perhaps even more important is that the Bullitt Center has broken down regulatory and technical barriers that are helping to advance the industry for the rest of us to follow.

Best Performing Portfolio – General Services Administration – The General Service Administration’s Seattle portfolio is the first to collectively exceed the 2030 District’s existing building energy use reduction target for the Year 2030. Today, GSA’s Seattle portfolio has reduced energy use by over 52%+, this includes the Henry M. Jackson Building, Federal Courthouse, 700 Stewart​ St, and the Old Federal Building.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter Dobrovolny  - We are honored to recognize a transformative figure in his own right who has dedicated a lifetime of work to sustainability in the built environment. In 2010, Peter identified an opportunity apply for an EPA Climate Showcase Grant that would ultimately become the seed money that would launch this organization. Seeing this opportunity, Peter got busy making the case to stakeholders, committing endless hour of outreach, and ultimately organizing a coalition of business owners, public agencies and community organizations that committed over $400,000 of in-kind donations to win the grant. Peter is admired in our community for being a leader, risk-taker, and a persistent enthusiast that in many circles has become known as “The Peter D Factor”. The Seattle 2030 District would not have launched without his support, so we thank Peter for his tireless efforts that make our communities more sustainable and prosperous today and for generations to come. 

To see some photos from the event visit our Facebook page, more photos will be uploaded later in the week.