Milwaukee, Wis. – (June 12, 2017) – Wisconsin’s green building leaders were recognized on June 8 at the Transformation Awards, the premier awards reception to honor the individuals, groups and organizations championing sustainable practices and driving market transformation within Wisconsin’s built environment.

This year’s awards focused on projects that push the envelope of green design, demonstrate significant increases in building performance, and showcase innovative strategies for connecting with the community at large.

“The Transformation Awards recognize the triple bottom-line benefits of green buildings: people, planet and profit,” said Korinne Haeffel, director of community advancement for Wisconsin and Iowa at the U.S. Green Building Council. “Sustainable buildings are not only good for the environment – they also save dollars while providing a healthy living and working space for occupants. We’re excited to honor the leaders who are transforming our communities.”

This year’s event also celebrated the expanded Better Buildings Challenge — Milwaukee program, which successfully launched in September 2016, and the Focus On Energy Design Assistance Program, which helps professionals, builders, developers and building owners design new buildings with energy efficiency in mind.

This year’s winners are:

USGBC Leadership Awards: Community Engagement

  • Award of Excellence: Sustainable Business Solutions; Brookfield
  • Award of Merit: Dominion Properties; Milwaukee
  • Award of Merit: Rivion LLC; Milwaukee

USGBC Leadership Awards: Innovative Design

  • Award of Excellence: Western Technical College Integrated Technology Center; La Crosse
  • Award of Excellence: Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District; Madison
  • Award of Merit: University of Wisconsin Health at The American Center; Madison
  • Award of Merit: Cashton Office Building; Cashton
  • Award of Merit: Menasha Corporation Corporate Headquarters; Neenah

Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program Awards:

  • Electrical Engineer: Muermann Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer: Frederickson Engineering
  • Program Enrollments: Nexus Solutions
  • Design Team Lead, Residential: JLA Architects
  • General Contractor/Construction Manager: J.H. Findorff and Son, Inc.
  • Architect: Eppstein Uhen: Architects
  • Program Champion: Iconica
  • Design Team Completed Energy Consultant: Sustainable Engineering Group
  • Design Team Lead, Non-Residential: Bray Architects

Better Buildings Challenge People’s Choice Award

  • 1433 North Water Street, Milwaukee

For more information about the Transformation Awards and USGBC Wisconsin’s other efforts, please visit

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About ECO and the BBC:

The City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city by developing practical solutions that improve people’s lives and the economy while protecting and restoring the natural ecosystems that support long-term prosperity. ECO collaborates with the community, develops global partnerships, offers award-winning programs, and implements the City’s ReFresh Milwaukee sustainability plan.

The Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) is a national initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency in the built environment by 20 percent over ten years. The City of Milwaukee took the BBC pledge in 2012 and has been joined by 45 buildings to date. The expansion of Better Buildings Challenge to the commercial sector is funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007069. The expanded program
brings together all of the tools and resources that property owners and building managers need to develop and implement energy efficiency projects to make their buildings better.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. USGBC Wisconsin advances USGBC’s mission through localized engagement and outreach throughout Wisconsin.

About Focus on Energy

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on Energy information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control Wisconsin’s growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit


Korinne Haeffel
USGBC Director of Community Advancement, Wisconsin and Iowa

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