Like most things this year, last week’s Virtual Emerald Evening was a bit different. Instead of gathering in one of our region’s many green buildings, our community met digitally to celebrate the work they’ve done in the real world.
Whether responding to the health needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic or working to improve the racial and economic equity of our region, we felt an obligation to use this year’s Emerald Evening celebration to recognize the people and organizations that have stepped up to meet these unprecedented challenges over the past year. To achieve this, we split our award categories into three segments; COVID-19 Direct Relief, Community Equity Initiatives, and Green Building Health Interventions.
Dr. Debra Bogen, Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Casa San Jose
Allegheny County Public Works Department
Brothers Brother Foundation
Fred Brown, President, CEO, The Forbes Fund
Rose M. Lucey-Noll, Executive Director, Cambria County Transit Authority
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Homewood Children’s Foundation
While we celebrated our community’s perseverance throughout this year, we took some time to recognize a giant of green building in Western Pennsylvania: Jack Mascaro. An early adopter of sustainable building in Pittsburgh, John C. (Jack) Mascaro was an innovator, change-maker, and lifelong learner. He was personally dedicated to creating sustainable places where everyone can thrive.
For these reasons and countless others, Green Building Alliance (GBA) is proud to recognize Jack’s lifetime of leadership by posthumously awarding him with the 2020 Legacy Award. The award acknowledges his life’s work and the early adoption of sustainable building practices that are commonly used today. GBA counts his support as a key part of its success. In 2018, Jack became the first of four Lifetime Members. His commitment as a lifetime member was a link in the long chain of sponsorship and work towards GBA’s mission.
Vikki “Ayanna” Jones, CEO and Founder of Sankofa Village Community Garden
Dr. Chuck Herring, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, South Fayette School District
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
Facilities Management Services at Carnegie Mellon University
InPro Architectural Products
Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC
PITT OHIO Supply Chain