Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Leadership Awards

Honoring people, organizations & companies transforming the built environment in Louisiana.

Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees

Community Champion

Z Smith, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Z Smith is Principal and Director of Sustainability &Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Since 2009, when he and his family moved to New Orleans, Z has worked every day to make a difference in our community. He is Louisiana's only LEED Fellow.  He mentors young architects in building performance, teaches at Tulane, and lends his expertise to numerous boards and organizations..

Z Smith, Chris Bankston, and the EDR team.


Community Championship Teams

City of Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge Parish                 

In the last year, the City of Baton Rouge has achieved LEED certification for two city/parish buildings. Future projects around the city are also focused on energy savings, reducing operating costs, minimizing maintenance and maximizing the investment of taxpayer dollars. 

Stephen Long (City of BR) and Chris Bankston (USGBC Louisiana)


Bayou Vermilion District                          

Since 1984, the Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District has worked to beautify, conserve and manage sites along the Vermilion ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources for the citizens of Lafayette Parish.

The District removes trash and large debris from the Vermilion in addition to working with local government to monitor the water quality and water height of the Vermilion. They work with the school board to educate students in Lafayette Parish about the Watershed and their role in helping to maintain water quality in the Vermilion.

David Cheramie (Bayou Vermilion District) and Chris Bankston (USGBC Louisiana)


Innovation Champion

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans

Founded in 2006, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans changes the way children eat, learn, and live at five FirstLine public charter schools in New Orleans. Their aim is to improve the long-term wellbeing of students, families, and school community, by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs. 

Alisha Johnson Perry, Claudia Barker (ESYNOLA) and Chris Bankston (USGBC Louisiana)


Operational Excellence Champion

Iberville Parish School System Building & Grounds Team

This team has created maintenance plans that include energy efficient improvements that over time have saved the school system hundreds of thousands of dollars. They have invested in energy benchmarking software to track energy use and costs to support future building improvements.  The department provides green school and efficiency training to all of the maintenance employees.

Josh Crisp, Randy Morales (Iberville Parish Schools) and Chris Bankston (USGBC Louisiana).


2016 Honorees

Community Champion: Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Jefferson Parish Council

Community Championship Team: Sterling University Housing

Innovation Champion: Trash to Treasure, Tulane University

Operational Excellence Champion: Bryon Patterson, Southeastern Louisiana University

2014 Honorees

Community Champion: Eryn Ryerson, CBRE, New Orleans

Championship Team: ULL School of Architecture & Design, Lafayette

Innovation Champion: Roy O Martin Companies, Alexandria

Operational Excellence Champion: Green Coast Enterprises, New Orleans

2013 Honorees

Community Champion: Julie Wexford, Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrahan

Community Champion: Davis Rhorer, Downtown Development District, Baton Rouge

Championship Team: Elizabeth Brooks and Save the Farm, Lafayette

Innovation Champion: Greater New Orleans Foundation & Urban Water Institute, New Orleans

2012 Honorees

Community Champion: Eddie Cazayoux, EnvironMental Design, Lafayette

Community Championship Team: Moses Engineers, New Orleans

Innovation Champion: Global Green, USA, New Orleans

Operational Excellence Champions: Tulane Green Machine and Webster Parish School Board & Storer Building Services, Shreveport