The Green Building Alliance (GBA) has announced the recipients of the 2009 Shades of Green Awards, who will be honored at the organization's annual conference, Green$ense 2009: Beyond Buildings, March 30-31 in Pittsburgh. The awards program recognizes the green practices and efforts of businesses, nonprofits, government officials, and individuals in Western Pennsylvania.

Winners of the 2009 Shades of Green Awards are:

  • Business: Stetson Convention Services, Pittsburgh—a leading environmentally responsible decorator in the convention, trade show, and events industry and an advocate for green practices within the industry. Stetson has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council for six years to present the Greenbuild Conference and Expo.

  • Nonprofit: Construction Junction, Pittsburgh—a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the organization supports and promotes conservation through building materials reuse. Construction Junction diverts building materials from landfills and provides them to the community at low cost.

  • Government: City of Warren, Pa.—city officials are working to make Warren the greenest city in Pennsylvania. Already-achieved milestones include becoming the second city in the state to use LED lights in crosswalk and traffic signals; doubling resident participation in recycling programs for three consecutive years; beginning construction on a green convention center and hotel; and expanding and upgrading its sewage treatment plant.

  • Community Leader - Laurel Highlands: Alexander Graziani, executive director of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County—Graziani is being recognized for his leadership of an organization that aims to enhance the viability, quality of life, and long-term sustainability in the Laurel Highlands area by providing education and technical assistance and promoting smart-growth principles.

  • Community Leader - Northwest Pennsylvania: Dr. Kenneth Borland, Pennsylvania Department of Education regional contact for Northwest Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education network—Borland oversees a 12-county consortium of educators, workforce and economic development organizations, businesses, and government agencies with common goals. He is working with local organizations and schools to help prepare students to move the region forward in the future green economy.

  • Community Leader - Pittsburgh: Vivian Loftness, professor of architecture, Carnegie Mellon University—Loftness is being honored for her 30-plus-year career in environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems and systems integration, climate, and regionalism in architecture and for performance-based design for the workplace of the future.

    For information about the Green$ense conference, visit www.gbapgh.org/green$ense2009.asp.