Announcing the Winners of the 2016 BOLD Awards October 6, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc

Aquicore, Comfy, Enlighted, and View are excited to announce the 2016 BOLD Awards Winners! The BOLD Awards recognize Building Optimizers Leaders and Disruptors who are utilizing technology to improve the built environment.

This year’s winners were celebrated after the first day of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles. With over 250 guests, our experts on the ground conservatively estimate that there were more than 5231 handshakes exchanged, 1287 toasts given, 36 bowling-strikes achieved (and about 10x more gutter balls, but who’s counting?), and most important of all, 5 stellar industry professional’s honored, making for a very memorable night for all.

This year’s list of nominees were a list of incredible all-star leaders who have all contributed impactful innovations to commercial real estate. With more than 100 nominations and 2,500+ votes for the People’s Choice Award – this year’s nominees are truly the best of the best. Winners and finalists were selected by our team of expert judges who came from all corners of the industry who definitely had their work cut out for them in picking from all the worthy nominees this year.

Headed to Boston for Greenbuild next year? Be on the look out for the 2017 BOLD Awards!

And, without further ado….

The 2016 BOLD Awards Winners are (drumroll)

 

THE CHAMPION – AARON BINKLEY
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS – DIGITAL REALTY

Aaron has completely transformed the way Digital Realty, which owns data centers in 14 countries, does their business, and is transforming the entire data center industry as a result.  Data centers are typically not known for being proactive on sustainability, but Aaron is changing that single handedly, and has solidified his place as an industry disruptor. He created the first data center green bond and the first data center offsite Power Purchase Agreement in 2016.

THE INNOVATOR – PETER RUMSEY
FOUNDER AND CEO – POINT ENERGY INNOVATIONS

When Rocky Mountain Institute settled into its new Basalt, CO Office at the beginning of 2016,  Peter’s first major installation of the Hyperchair was keeping each individual staff member comfortable in a building without a central heating system! While avoiding the two biggest, and often simultaneous complaints in buildings, “I’m too cold!” and “I’m too hot!”, the chairs provide atiny extra boost of heat (or cooling), fine-tuned to personal needs, for a fraction of the environmental cost of central heating.

THE UNSUNG HERO – KEVIN DEVINE
DIRECTOR ENGINEERING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION – BROOKFIELD  

Kevin oversees 80 engineers in the western region that are responsible for operating 8 million sf of commercial office space.  Through training, implementing energy conservation programs, and partnering with vendors Kevin ensures all engineers receive hands on training in the latest technology and energy savings programs to operate high-rise buildings efficiently to reduce the impact on the environment.

THE MENTOR – SYLVIA GOLISANO
ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR – GRANITE PROPERTIES

Sylvia is the leader of sustainability at Granite Properties and sits on a number of boards including the 2030 Districts Dallas. Sylvia is a LEED Associate and has been integral in helping Granite Properties improve efficiency of the buildings their portfolio. She’s also highly respected within the sustainability world of CRE.

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – JESSICA DIAZ-AVELAR
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR – PYSIR AND PGIM’S LATAM SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

Jessica Diaz Avelar created Smart Blue a proprietary environmental management and green building certification platform for emerging the Mexico markets to prepare our Prudential Global Investment Management (PGIM) assets for a future third-party certification, such as LEED, as the demand for green buildings in emerging markets matures. SMART Blue has certified 9 buildings totaling 151, 417 square meters of building area. During 2015 alone, more than 900 professionals were trained in different SMART Blue sustainable areas. SMART blue has produced an annual per project of 5% energy reduction, 500 m3 of water and incorporated 127 tons of recycled steel and diverted more than 20.8 tons of material from landfills.

About The Author

As the Content Marketing Specialist, Roger LeBlanc coordinates communication and outreach for Aquicore. As a LEED Green Associate, Roger is passionate about supporting climate change solutions in the built environment.

Previously he was the Energy Outreach Coordinator for George Mason University, where he managed campaigns surrounding behavior change for building tenants. Roger graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Policy and Politics. Currently Roger is pursuing a M.A. in Science Communication at George Mason University.