Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director of Project H Design, will present The Sally Henderson Memorial Lecture on Green Design in conjunction with the New York School of Interior Design’s (NYSID) fifth-annual Green Design Awards presentation, taking place this evening in New York City.
The annual awards ceremony acknowledges and celebrates individuals and businesses for their efforts in protecting the natural environment and supporting sustainability and green design.
Pilloton founded Project H to use design to empower people and to get her hands dirty after too many years in an office. She trained in architecture (UC Berkeley) and product design (School of Art Institute of Chicago), and practices and teaches design as “activism for community benefit.” She has appeared on the Colbert Report and the TED stage as well as authored the books Design Revolution and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education.
The four Green Design Recipients in each category are:
Project H Design is the recipient in the Advocacy/Community category. The award recognizes leading grass roots organizations, non-profits, private foundations, individual advocates/educators, and other community entities promoting and practicing sustainability. The Project H design/build program exemplifies the leading edge of green design by advocating the power of design-driven education to empower students integrated with the local community.
Envision Design for Design of Interior Spaces was awarded for the substantial contribution of interior designers, architects, lighting designers, engineers, and other professionals. Envision Design, which merged with Perkins+Will in August 2012, is an award-winning design firm specializing in sustainability, with a deep commitment to environmental and social responsibility; instrumentally leading the curve as the firm that assisted in writing the LEED rating system.
Environment Furniture for Interior Products was awarded to recognize significant contributions in the area of interior use such as furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, fixtures, and the vast array of accessories and other decorative objects that enhance the interior environment. "Part design consortium, part modern craftsman," Environment Furniture's successful experimentation with uncommon woods and textiles has quickly established them as a design pioneer, garnering praise from the global community as well as high-profile eco-conscious clients like Leonardo Di Caprio and Julia Roberts.
Turner Construction Company for Development/Real Estate was recognized for extraordinary green builders, construction managers, and facilities managers/operators. With a portfolio of more than 600 LEED certified and registered projects, Turner has the largest number of accredited staff in the United States and 16 LEED-certified company offices. Since 2005, Turner has diverted more than 1.5 million tons of construction waste from landfills. In 2013 Turner received a Climate Leader Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
This year's recipients were selected by the 2013 Green Design Nominating Committee, including William D. Browning, principcal of Terrapin Bright Green; Dr. Ellen Fisher, NYSID's vice president for academic affairs/dean; Ethan Lu, director of graduate studies/coordinator MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments program; Michael Murphy Jr., executive director and co-founder of Mass Design Group; Stephanie Odegard, creative director and president of Stephanie Odegard Collection; Campion Platt, architect and interior designer, president, Campion Platt Interiors; Andrew Zumwalt-Hathaway, director of sustainability consulting, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
The Green Awards ceremony and lecture will take place this evening starting at 6:15 p.m. at the New York School of Interior Design (170 East 70th Street, NYC). The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. after the awards are given out and a cocktail reception will follow. Admission is free, please RSVP.