MORRISTOWN, NJ  - Each year, U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) recognizes and presents the distinguished awards to companies and individuals who 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 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on Friday, November 7th at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

“I am truly inspired by the award winners we are honoring,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “These finalists are an example of the best in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer.”

The 2014 award winners are L'Oreal USA Research & Innovation for Corporate Culture,  Advancement of Alternative Transportation Fuels from NJ Clean Cities for Innovative Sustainability Initiative, Harrison Green from Paterson Habitat for Humanity for Not-for-Profit Green Project, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper for Urban Green Project, Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center and Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters for Suburban Green Project.

Honorable mentions were the County College of Morris - Landscape and Horticultural Technology Center, Fairleigh Dickinson University Monninger Center for Learning and Research and DTCC Headquarters - Jersey City.

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USGBC NJ Board Chair Ed Seliga stated: “These folks do not do this for the accolades, of course. They do what they do because sustainability is a guiding principle behind these projects. We are proud to be casting a spotlight on these innovative projects, projects that are transforming NJ into a more sustainable state.”

USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on the USGBC NJ website prior to the event.