John Abrams set the standard for sustainable building 38 years ago simply because he felt it was the right thing to do. South Mountain Company in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., continues to set an important example, shaping new roles for businesses by promoting community, creating social equity, and maintaining ecological balance. Abrams’s mission, focused on resource conservation, community values, aesthetics, and craftsmanship, provides an example for the rest of the industry of the power and economic sustainability of a progressive, yet common sense, approach toward green building technologies, employee relations, and community involvement. Remodeling magazine described Abrams as "the most influential but least-known design/builder around."
Universally recognized for his pioneering influence on environmental design, and leadership within the architectural community spanning 45 years, Bob Berkebile and his firm BNIM are setting new standards for regenerative design and resource efficiency. In addition to his award-winning architectural contributions, Berkebile was the founding chair of the AIA’s Committee on the Environment, and was instrumental in the formation of the USGBC’s LEED rating system. Highly regarded by fellow professionals, Berbkebile focuses on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work.
Dennis Creech founded Southface Institute, the nation’s leading non-profit focused on energy and sustainable housing in 1978, and since then, he has trained and educated tens of thousands of building professionals. Through Creech’s clear vision and leadership and ability to build coalitions, Southface has forged strong and dynamic collaborations between home builders associations, green building organizations, local governments, and environmental groups that have furthered the understanding and acceptance of green building principles among buyers and builders in the metro-Atlanta area.
Douglas Farr is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, established in 1990. He has received recognition in the firm's three areas of practice: sustainable architecture, urban design and planning, and historic preservation. Committed to energy efficient and environmentally conscious design at both urban and architectural scales, Farr linked his firm's practices to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's campaign to make Chicago the "greenest city in America." Working with the city's Department of Environment, Farr Associates served as the lead architect on the Chicago Center for Green Technology, a comfortable, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible building.
A passionate, intelligent, charismatic, and innovative leader in sustainable housing for 25 years, Mark Laliberte is a trusted advisor to builders across the country, guiding their understanding and decisions about construction details, product selections, and performance improvements. LaLiberte was a founding partner in Shelter Supply and Building Knowledge; has worked with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska; developed curriculum for the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s "Houses that Work" teaching series; and has a long history of consulting with major manufacturers for product innovation, marketing intelligence, and corporate training. With his company, LaLiberte Online, he continues to teach, train, and consult nationwide to more than 8,000 industry professionals annually.
Christopher B. Leinberger is a land-use strategist and developer who combines an understanding of business realities with a concern for our nation's social and environmental issues. He is the president of LOCUS, a developer public advocacy organization, and a professor at the George Washington School of Business. Currently, Leinberger also is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on research and practice that help transform traditional and suburban downtowns and other places that provide “walkable urbanism,” as well as research and practice that operationalizes the Blueprint for American Prosperity initiative in metropolitan areas throughout the country.
Sarah Susanka is an award-winning architect, bestselling author, and cultural visionary credited with launching the small-house movement in the U.S. Her "build better, not bigger" approach to residential architecture has been embraced across the country, and her "Not So Big" philosophy has sparked an international dialogue, evolving beyond our houses and into how we inhabit our lives. In addition to sharing her insights with Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, Susanka has been named a "Fast 50" innovator by Fast Company, a "top newsmaker" by Newsweek, an "innovator in American culture" by U.S.News & World Report, and has received the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award for "outstanding individual achievement, a spirit of initiative, and work that exemplifies great dedication toward making positive contributions to our world."
Steven Winter's commitment to sustainable housing dates back to the 1970s—Since 1972, he has focused his business on creating solutions to the growing energy and environmental challenges. Over these past 40 years, as the focus on energy has evolved into the broader range of challenges, Winter's mark can be found at almost every major step along the path towards sustainable housing. Steven Winter Associates is the lead member of the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under the Building America Initiative, and through Winters’s leadership of this program over the past 16 years, the firm has worked with such leading builders as Ryan Homes, Ryland Homes, Dell Webb, Beazer, Pulte, DR Horton, Nationwide, and dozens of smaller regional companies, guiding their adoption of new technologies and practices and directly influencing the quality and performance of tens of thousands of new homes as a result.