Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Kennedy Center Meets the Sustainability Movement, Part Uno

Here is the press release from the U.S. Green Building Council (& Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Green Team) as shared with me by Danelle Hoffer of CynerGreen.  This release announces the award ceremony at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington, DC tonight.  Riley Hoffer of CGKidz was one of the 5 USGBC nation-wide award recipients.  I had the privilege of being there, and it truly was poetry in motion.  I am still absorbing the experience here tonight, so more will follow later.  It was truly amazing, powerful, and memorable!

USGBC to Honor Five Young Leaders Actively Contributing to Sustainability Movement at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center
Event will feature performance by Youth Speaks
Who:      U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Green Team

What:      USGBC Young Leader Awards, a celebration of individuals between the ages of 13 and 25 who have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and effected change in their schools, communities, and beyond.

USGBC Young Leaders and Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Green Team poets will take to the stage with “Bringing the Noise for the Earth,” a powerful performance featuring slam poetry and inspirational stories of change from young leaders across the country.

Where:    The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
               2700 F Street, NW
               Washington, DC 20566

When:     Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 6 P.M.

Why:    The evening will celebrate the five young leaders who are making an impact on their schools and communities with a poetry, inspirational voices and stories of a vision for a greener tomorrow.

2010 USGBC Young Leader Award winners:

•    Gordon Schweitzer, 23, Dayton, Ohio: Gordon helped pass a sustainability mission statement as President of his university’s Student Government Association and continues to promote green building as a young professional engineer in Ohio.

•    Matthew Evans, 16, Pfugerville, Texas: After attending Greenbuild 2007, Matthew felt challenged to go back to his community and do something.  He effectively promoted a xeriscape community garden in his arid hometown as a part of a water conversation effort he has been spearheading.

•    Melissa Seanard, 23, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: As a student at Louisiana State University, Melissa led a campaign to implement recycling at Tiger Stadium, an impressive feat at a large football school that disposes of 1.5 million PET plastic bottles every season.

•    Jordan Howard, 16, Los Angeles, California:  Jordan saw the importance of a personal commitment to addressing climate change and has been actively educating others in hopes of motivating them to change their behaviors and take action.

•    Riley Hoffer, 13, Cabot, Arkansas: Riley, founder of CG Kidz has led an amazing campaign to increase the number of kids who drink out of reusable bottles. 

About Youth Speaks: Youth Speaks is a non-profit organization committed to shifting the perception of youth by combating illiteracy, alienation and silence and by creating a global movement of young people brave enough to take their voices to the stage. Since 2006, Youth Speaks has teamed up with the Robert Redford Sundance Preserve and USGBC to select a Brave New Voices (BNV) Green Team to speak on issues such as climate change and environmental injustice.

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

Contact: Ashley Katz
Communications Manager, USGBC
Follow us on Twitter at @USGBC

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