2020 LEADERSHIP Award Winners

Collaboration and partnership is key to advancing environmentally and socially responsible buildings. The Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are helping make sustainable communities a reality in the D.C. metro area.

Awards were not given in all categories.  This is done when there were no submissions, or were not submissions which met, in the judging panel’s opinion, the standard of excellence and innovation that the Leadership Awards are intended to recognize.

Excellence in Government, Advocacy, or Policy

Advocacy plays an important role in who we are and what we do. We believe that the green building movement has the power to change the way we live today and the ability to transform the legacy we leave tomorrow. Successful, game-changing advocacy starts at the local level. Applicants for this award will have worked to bring about real and meaningful change through local codes, the use of LEED in more communities, the construction of green schools, the collection of key building performance data and in many other areas where green building approaches are established and successfully implemented. Applicants should demonstrate, in their application, their contributions in one or more of the following areas:

Leadership with LEED

Improving Energy Data Access

Mainstreaming Building Benchmarking

Greening our Schools

Improving Housing

Building Better Codes

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WINNER - D.C. Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) Task Force

The D.C. Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) Task Force is group of individuals from many sectors of the building industry that advises the Washington, D.C. government on the implementation of the BEPS program. They play a vital role in making the District's cutting-edge policy work for all buildings and bringing the city closer to its vision of becoming the healthiest, greenest, most livable city for all residents within a generation.

D.C. Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) Task Force

Anica Landreneau, Co-Chair

Marshall Duer-Balkind, Co-Chair

Matt Praske, Co-Chair

Adefunke Sonaike

Adrian Gross

Andrew Held

Asa Foss

Cliff Majersik

Dave Epley

David Good

Jen Croft

Jessica Jones

Jay Wilson

Joe Reilly

Kate Johnson

Katie Bergfeld

Kristian Hoffland

Maxwell Greninger

Michael Feldman-Wienceck

Molly Fofsommer

Patti Boyd

Todd Nedwick

Reshma Holla

Sharon Jaye

Wendell Felder



WINNER - Lutron Electronics

Lutron Electronics has a long history of advocating for the adoption of energy saving codes, programs and policies. The company frequently works toward educating local, state and federal decision-makers on the importance of sustainability, energy conservation and human-centric lighting in buildings and spaces. Lutron staff serve on a range of boards and committees across industry associations, serve as subject matter experts for GBCI, and draft questions to be used in new versions of LEED exams.

455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, #770

Washington, DC  20001

Lutron Electronics



WINNER - Fernando Arias

Fernando Arias is an architect and former military mechanic that became passionate about solving large global challenges centered around health and how it can be enhanced by buildings and spaces. As Clark Construction Group’s Director of Sustainability, he works with executive leadership to shape the company's national sustainability thought leadership and pursuit strategy, including corporate sustainability initiatives focused on health and wellness.

Fernando Arias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Fitwell Ambassador

Director of Sustainability, Clark Construction Group



WINNER - GHT Limited

GHT Limited in Arlington, Virginia, has demonstrated a longtime commitment to USGBC National Capital Region and to sustainability, with a diverse range of clients across the region. GHT has been a USGBC member since 2003 and has 23 LEED professionals on staff. Over the past several years, numerous GHT staff members have filled important volunteer roles for USGBC National Capital Region, serving on Market Leadership Advisory Board members, as awards judges and as committee chairs. GHT has regularly shared its expertise with the greater Washington, D.C. area community by organizing and participating in USGBC National Capital Region education events.

1110 N Glebe Road Suite 300

Arlington, VA  22201

GHT Limited



Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC, in Richmond, Virginia, has been an early supporter of the USGBC National Capital Region community and a longtime champion of LEED. SDC has been a USGBC member since 2002 and has over 500 certified and registered LEED projects and 19 LEED professionals on staff. In recent years, SDC staff have filled pivotal volunteer leadership roles for USGBC National Capital Region on various committees, including our Market Leadership Advisory Board and Education Committee.

Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC

1432 K St NW 3rd Floor

Washington, DC  20005

WINNER - Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC



WINNERS - Lily Terango & Meghan McAvoy

Lily Terango


Lily Terango of GBCI and Meghan McAvoy of GHT Limited are strong green leaders from our Emerging Professionals Committee, which they have co-chaired together for one and a half years. In this capacity, Terango and McAvoy have implemented numerous new, creative ideas to support and connect young professionals in the green building industry of the Washington, D.C. area, including initiating our Career Campfire series, engineering our current partnership with the United Way, and planning and executing events such as our Green Apple Day of Service with the Child and Family Network Center.

Meghan McAvoy, LEED AP, WELL AP

Sustainable Programs Manager, GHT Limited

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