US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter

Announces 13th Annual Emerald Awards Recipients


MORRISTOWN, NJ - The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) has announced Montclair State University Sustainability Center will receive recognition at its 13th Annual Emerald Awards. 

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Each year, USGBC NJ recognizes and presents the distinguished awards to companies and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.

The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 13th Annual Emerald Awards Ball on Friday, October 30. The black-tie masquerade ball will be held at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.


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The 2015 award winners are:

·       Innovative Sustainability Initiative: NJ School Boards Association and NJ Department of Education - New Jersey Green Program of Study

·       Not For Profit Green Project: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s  Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education - LEED-NC Platinum

·       Suburban Green Project – Residential: 45 Linden Lane - Princeton, NJ – LEED for Homes Platinum

·       Suburban Green Project – Commercial: Munich Re Plaza 3 - Conference & Fitness Center - LEED-CI Platinum

·       Urban Green Project: Hudson County Community College Library Building - LEED- NC Silver

·       Corporate Culture: Realogy Corporate Headquarters - LEED-CI Gold


·       PSE&G Customer Service Center - LEED-CI Silver (Corporate Culture, Commitment)

·       Montclair State University Sustainability Center: Inspired by Earthship (Environmental Club at Montclair State)

“These champions for the environment exemplify the best in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “I am truly inspired by these award winners.”

This year’s inspiring projects span a wide range of topics which include:

Englewood Cliffs-based top honoree LG Electronics USA has taken its environmental commitment to the next level – launching its new North American Headquarters LEED Platinum building project, with strong support from local conservation groups, and transforming its corporate culture by implementing a number of noteworthy voluntary sustainability practices aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.      

In 2010, The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) applied for the federal program to create the NJ Green Program of Study (NJGPOS) for emerging green careers. The innovative NJGPOS developed curriculum, trained teachers for 7 pilot schools, and developed partnerships between industry, K-12 state agencies and higher education to foster and promote exemplary programs in Sustainable Design, Energy and Construction. In 2014, after a leading role by the NJCCVTS, the partnership expanded when the NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA) assumed the management of the NJGPOS working closely with the NJ Department of Education to recruit new schools, continue training for teachers, and enhance the existing curriculum.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education: A renovation and expansion of an Environmental Center on the Watershed's 930-acre preserve with a reorganized site and administrative, educational, and research facilities demonstrating sustainable strategies for water, energy and material use.

45 Linden Lane, the first LEED Platinum home in Princeton, NJ, is architect Kirsten Thoft's own home, which has educated and inspired thousands of people both locally and nationally about the beautiful possibilities of green design.

Munich Re Plaza 3 - Conference & Fitness Center: The LEED Platinum facility serves the needs of 1,000 employees at Munich's Plainsboro Campus while celebrating the success of the company with first-class function, appearance and sustainable strategies that were implemented throughout the conference and fitness center.

The new Library and Academic Building will provide Hudson County Community College (HCCC) with a “gateway” presence in the Downtown Journal Square district of Jersey City. Incorporating the latest teaching and communication technologies, it will provide an accessible haven for learning, teaching, and research at HCCC.

Realogy’s Corporate Headquarters: Realogy is committed to conducting business that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, from their solid business ethics, their commitment to local communities, their iThrive employee wellness program, to their environmental stewardship as exemplified in their LEED Gold Certified Corporate Headquarters, Realogy has demonstrated success in operating a truly sustainable company.


PSE&G is redesigning their customer service centers to provide a sustainable environment in which to accommodate the daily influx of the public.

Montclair State University Sustainability Center: Inspired by Earthship (Environmental Club at Montclair State): The first Earthship-inspired building ever constructed on a University Campus will not only help Montclair State University reach its goal of going carbon neutral by 2050, but the living structure will educate upcoming generations about how to live their lives by creating a sustainable society.

USGBC NJ’s annual gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on the USGBC NJ website prior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at

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