GreenStreet Environmental Education, a service of Phoenix-based GreenStreet Development, was honored by Valley Forward Association at its 30th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards on Saturday with the first-place Crescordia award in the Environmental Education/Communication, Private Sector category, recognizing the company’s green remodel workshop series. GreenStreet was named a finalist in three award categories for the program recognizing contributions to the sustainability of our region since 1981. Known as the “Academy Awards” of the local environmental community, the Valley Forward awards focus on the balance between economic development and environmental quality.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Valley Forward for our green remodel education program – it is our passion to empower building professionals with vital information and resources, showing them sustainable practices that minimize environmental impact and reduce energy and water consumption,” said GreenStreet founder and CEO Philip Beere. “43 percent of carbon emissions are generated by buildings and of those some 21 percent are single-family homes. The greenest building is the existing one, and our company mission of preserving existing structures and sustainable development is being realized through our educational outreach across the country.”
The GreenStreet message of improving neighborhoods by renovating existing structures is packaged into powerful education sessions and case studies that are sought by industry professionals, municipalities, not for profits, universities and media. GreenStreet is widely recognized as the leader in green renovations, and Beere is recognized as “green pioneer” by media.
“We had a record number of entries in this year’s program, so all of our finalists should feel especially honored for their achievements,” said Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward Association. “The Environmental Education/Communication category is especially important as it recognizes companies that are working hard to teach others the integral information they need to adopt more sustainable practices in their everyday lives.”
Beere is the only individual in the United States to have remodeled a LEED and NAHB certified home and has garnered numerous awards for his green remodeling practices. In May, Beere was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the Green Remodel Advocate of the Year and a GreenStreet project in Phoenix was named NAHB’s Green Remodel of the Year. Last month, GreenStreet was also honored by the Arizona Department of Housing with the 2010 Brian Mickelsen Housing Hero Award for Superior Sustainable Design.
“Philip Beere is implementing sustainability in the most effective and meaningful way and demonstrating how these concepts apply to the average person,” said Mark Stapp, Executive Director of W. P. Carey School of Business, Master of Real Estate Development and a development expert who serves as Vice-Chair of Valley Forward Association. “He is doing everything right. His efforts promote improving neighborhoods, using the existing building, making it perform better, look better and more comfortable for the occupant. GreenStreet remodeled properties improve neighborhoods and the community, increasing value and efficiency for the average person. Maybe most important to sustainability and making a difference, is Philip’s openness to educate and guide others.”
Beere is a champion of sustainable development and a national leader in green education; GreenStreet is an official U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) education provider with a robust curriculum for universities and green building professionals. His motto, “Live Healthy,” has transcended his personal life into his business practices. GreenStreet also offers a variety of services to assist investors and nonprofit organizations accomplish green certification. For more information visit www.greenstreetdev.com.