USGBC-Northern California Chapter Welcomes Former Secretary of State George Shultz and Honors the U.S. General Services Administration at Green Building Super Heroes Gala

Oct 29, 2010, 22:00 ET from USGBC-Northern California Chapter

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) hosted hundreds of green building industry leaders at their annual Green Building Super Heroes Gala at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.  The Honorable George P. Shultz served as the evening's special guest speaker and urged the crowd to vote "no" on Proposition 23.  The USGBC also awarded Martha Johnson, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, with the organization's Green Groundbreaker Award.    

"We are honored that Mr. Shultz is joining us for Northern California's premier green building gala.  His recognition of the critical role green building plays in creating green jobs and mitigating climate change, and the importance of California's environmental leadership is a powerful statement," said Dan Geiger, Executive Director of USGBC-Northern California.

George Shultz, Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institute, served as Secretary of State under President Reagan, and Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of Labor and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Nixon.  He is Honorary Co-Chair of the No on Proposition 23 campaign; the Proposition would roll back California's landmark environmental and climate change legislation, known as AB32.

"Prop 23 is designed to kill California's effort to clean up the environment. The stakes are high. I hope we can win here and send a message to the whole country that it's time to put aside partisan politics and get an energy bill out of Washington," said Mr. Shultz.

The USGBC – NCC honored Martha N. Johnson, Administrator of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), with a Green Groundbreaker Award to recognize her outstanding leadership of the GSA and its Zero Environmental Footprint initiative.  The GSA occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, has spent more than $4.5 billion on modernization and retrofitting, and is spending $1 billion on new green buildings.  

"Zero environmental footprint is this generation's moon shot.  It is not only the right thing to do environmentally, it is also the right thing to do from a business perspective, from a social perspective, and from a strategic perspective", said Ms. Johnson.

USGBC-NCC also recognized outstanding green building projects including The Transamerica Pyramid, The Orrick Building, and The Energy Foundation; and community benefit organizations Architecture for Humanity, GRID Alternatives, MEarth, and RichmondBUILD Green Careers Academy.  The event's Distinguished Honorary Host Committee includes Senator Dianne Feinstein, several members of Congress, State Legislators, unions, and CEOs of numerous building industry companies (see below).

About USGBC-NCC Green Building Super Heroes

The Gala benefits USGBC-NCC, a non-profit organization that educates, motivates and advocates for industry transformation to build and maintain sustainable communities. For more information, see  USGBC is nationally recognized for its LEED green building certification program. For more information, see

Green Building Super Heroes Honorary Host Committee

Public Sector Leaders
The Honorable George P. Shultz
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Congressman Mike Honda
Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui
Congressman Jerry McNerney
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
State Senator Loni Hancock
State Senator Leland Yee
State Senator Alan Lowenthal
Assemblymember Jerry Hill
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
Assemblymember Sandre R. Swanson
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Mayor Kevin Johnson

Industry & Community Leaders
Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, USGBC
David Gottfried, Founder, U.S. & World Green Building Councils and Regenerative Ventures
Hilary Abell, Executive Director, WAGES
Jim Allen, CEO, Sloan
Andy Ball, President & CEO,Webcor Builders
Anthony Bernheim, Sustainability Principal, AECOM
Zach Gentry, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Adura Technologies
Christi Graham, CEO, West Coast Green
Kevin Hydes, CEO, Integral Group
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Bay Area Chapters
Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
RikKunnath, CEO, Pankow
Peter Lehner, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

David Longinotti, Partner, Hanson Bridgett
Hunter Lovins, President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
Catherine Merschel, Executive Director, Build It Green
National Electrical Contractors Association, Bay Area Chapters
Mike O'Brien, Senior Vice President, Turner Construction
Eric Raff, President, XL Construction
Mike Re, CEO, Swinerton
Rafael Reyes, Director, Bay Area Climate Collaborative
Steven Ring, Director/City Leader, Cushman & Wakefield
George Salah, Director of Real Estate, Google
Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems
Donald Simon, Attorney, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, LLP
Martin Sisemore, President & CEO, Rudolph and Sletten
Kevin Surace, CEO, Serious Materials
Adam Tibbs, President, Project FROG
Bill Valentine, Chairman, HOK
Gary Wolff, Executive Director,

SOURCE USGBC-Northern California Chapter