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What Makes It Green?

7 February 2012 | Posted By Jeff Cole 2,365 views No Comment

How well do your projects stack up against the green competition? Are you sure? Have it confirmed by a jury of your peers, by entering the AIA Seattle Committee on the Environment What Makes It Green? (“WMIG?”) 2012 awards program. Separate categories are open to projects completed as of December 31, 2011 and projects that have not yet completed construction.

The early-bird deadline for applicants to register and pay is February 27th. The deadline for final submissions is March 7th.

WMIG?, now in its second decade, aspires to “recognize the highest achievements in environmentally sustainable architecture, combining inspired design, systems analysis, and performance evaluation under the domains of Planet, People and Posterity.”

  • The Planet category relates to land use, energy, water, materials and bioclimatic design;
  • People considers collective wisdom and feedback, social equity, healthy human ecology and inspiration; and
  • Prosperity adds criteria for value and wealth creation, durability and adaptability, and vibrant communities.

Projects must be located in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Guam/Micronesia, Hong Kong and Japan.

One unique aspect of WMIG? is that the short list of firms will be interviewed publicly by the jury during an event the morning of April 18, 2012 at Seattle City Hall, moderated by Brian Geller, Founder and Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District. (This year’s WMIG? jury consists of Amanda Sturgeon, AIA, Certification Director of the Living Building Challenge; Jason S. Twill, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability, Vulcan Inc.; and Daniel Williams FAIA, Founder DWA Design and author of Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning.) The interview process provides an unusual opportunity for public discussion of projects to educate and inspire the design community.

Jury deliberation and the selection of award recipients will be made the same day and an awards reception will be held at City Hall that evening.

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