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Lifetime achievement awards for 3 sustainability leaders

The names of three people to receive a lifetime achievement awards at this year's Green Building Festival awards have been released. The Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate the success of visionaries who recognized the importance of sustainable buildings and energy efficiency years ago, and have been working to make green building a reality today. Past winners include architects, engineers, policy-makers, educators and advocates. They represent the highest levels of achievement and commitment to green building industry, and have re-defined the way we look at the built environment.

“This year we are really pleased to have 3 winners with such a diversity of backgrounds,” says Mike Singleton, Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada. “This is in keeping with one of our core principles – that only through the integration of different disciplines, expertise and perspectives can we achieve truly exemplary environmental performance in our buildings and cities.”

This year the awards will be given out on September 23rd, at a special ceremony following the World Green Building Council Summit at 5:45pm, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

The 2009 winners are:

Neil Munro - Young + Wright / IBI Architects With over thirty years of professional architectural experience, Neil Munro has a diverse portfolio of work and project experience working with government agencies, residential, institutional, commercial and urban planning clients. Neil developed sustainable design policy for his firm, and has authored papers and given public lectures on ecological and environmental design issues. Raising awareness and promoting an environmental agenda within the architectural community has been an ongoing commitment. Recently, Neil served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council as one of two representatives for the architectural profession.

His current activities include advising construction trade associations on environment and sustainability measures in the belief that the entire construction industry is interested in making meaningful and permanent environmental improvements in construction and procurement practices.

Michael Hough – York University

Trained as an architect and landscape architect, Michael has bridged several professional disciplines to bring a new view to urban design and site planning. He has tirelessly mentored staff for 40 years within his consulting practice, students within various academic programs where he has taught, and through community efforts and volunteer leadership. Over the years, he led a movement of design thinking that has evolved into a foundation for today’s urban agenda for healthier built communities and natural systems. In addition to his writings, and award winning research, Michael has left a legacy of landmark design projects which form anchors in the urban environment at Scarborough College, Ontario Place, Major Hill’s Park - Ceremonial Route (Ottawa), and many others here and abroad.

H.R. (Bob) BACH, P. Eng. - Energy Profiles Ltd.

Bob Bach is a Senior Associate with Energy Profiles Limited and brings decades of experience in the areas of energy management, codes and standards, and program development to his ongoing effort to build capacity for Green Building and the integrated design process. To this end Bob has facilitated numerous sustainable design workshops and charrettes over the years for clients including Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas, Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC), and Nova Scotia Department of Energy. Bob is a founding and current director and treasurer of SBC, a Canadian representative of iiSBE, past president of the Toronto Chapter of ASHRAE, and was a director and Chairman of the Contractor’s Division of the Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada.

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