USGBC Announces 2023 Leadership Award Winners

September 26, 2023

Via a recent press release, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the recipients of its 2023 USGBC Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize leadership and commitment to creating a built environment that enhances health, equity, resilience, sustainability, and prosperity.

USGBC has selected five individuals and organizations that represent a track record of leadership in innovation, education, and performance needed to scale green building and accelerate market transformation.

“The USGBC Leadership Awards serve as a unique platform to spotlight excellence in sustainability and green building,” said Peter Templeton, USGBC president and CEO. “We recognize and celebrate the important work being done to advance green building across our industry, and this year’s honorees have led by example. They have turned their commitments into outcomes that strengthen our movement and protect our health, our climate, and our communities.”

The Leadership Award for Organizational Excellence is given to outstanding organizations whose vision, leadership, and commitment have significantly advanced the green building industry. This year’s recipients are:

  • JBG Smith
  • Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)
  • Shaw Industries Group.

The Kate Hurst USGBC Leadership Award is presented to an inspirational female leader at the forefront of the green building movement. This year’s recipient is:

  • Bahar Armaghani, University of Florida


The Malcolm Lewis IMPACT Award was created in honor of longtime sustainability advocate Malcolm Lewis’ significant contributions and brings awareness to volunteer teams across the United States who are moving the needle for green buildings and communities. As part of receiving this award, USGBC will make a $10,000 donation to support the program and help continue improving lives in the future. This year’s recipient is:

  • Change Inc.

This year’s awardees will be honored at an awards ceremony on September 28, during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C. Ali Zaidi, White House National Climate Advisor, will be that day’s keynote speaker.

For more information on the winners, visit the USGBC website.

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