Inaugural Trailblazer Awardees Announced at Nz19

LOS ANGELES, CA – The first annual Trailblazer Award Ceremony took place today during the world’s largest net zero building event, the Net Zero 2019 Conference & Expo (NZ19).

The Trailblazer Awards celebrate leaders who are building a net zero future through their work in the carbon, energy, water, waste, transit and / or policy sectors. The Awards were presented in front of the full audience at the Net Zero Conference and Expo, in Petree Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The inaugural Awardees included:

  • Lauren Faber, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Steven M. Hilton, Chairman of the Board, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Lauren Sparandara, REWS Sustainability Program Manager, Google
  • Will Vicent, Energy Codes & Standards, Customer Programs & Services, Southern California Edison
  • James Connelly, Vice President, Strategic Growth for the International Living Future Institute
  • ILFI Net Zero Certification Award Winner: Chad Edwards on behalf of the City of Cincinnati District 3 Police Station
  • ILFI Net Zero Certification Award Winner: Chris Ladner on behalf of Entegrity Headquarters
  • USGBC-LA’s Net Zero Accelerator Showcase Winner: Yotta Energy

“We’re thrilled to be launching the Trailblazer Awards to recognize ‘trailblazers’ in our industry,” Event Chair Drew Shula said. “While there are plenty of incredible award ceremonies in the green building sector, we felt like there was a gap when it came to recognizing those who are working on ‘net zero’ in particular, whether it be our buildings, our infrastructure, or our policies.”

The awards were presented by Shula. Ben Stapleton (Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council [USGBC-LA]) and Neal Anderson (Director of USGBC-LA’s Net Zero Accelerator) co-presented the Net Zero Accelerator Showcase award.

Entegrity Headquarters, presented to Chris Ladner of Entegrity Partners

Originally known as the Darragh Building, the building was designed by Noland Blass, Jr in 1958 and renovated in 2017 to house Entegrity, an energy services company headquartered in Little Rock. The 13,342 sf mid-century modern building was designed and renovated with sustainability and historic preservation in mind. Cost-effective strategies were used to reduce energy use as much as possible before adding a rooftop solar array to reach net zero energy. The project was designed, executed, and documented by Entegrity and certified LEED Platinum for New Construction/Major Renovation.

It achieved USGBC’s LEEDv3 BD&C: NC Platinum (86/110 points), USGBC’s LEED Zero Energy Certification, and ILFI’s Net Zero Certification in 2019 with a 40% reduction water usage and a 94.9% energy cost savings with a net EUI of -0.77. The project was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.


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