Emerald Update: Richard Piacentini and the Legacy Award

Our Emerald Evening 2014 may be two months away (mark your calendars for September 25th!), but we’re already getting excited about the fun, the food, the friends, and the festivities!  Here is a look at a very special highlight of the evening: our Legacy Award.  Green Building Alliance has selected Phipps Conservatory’s Richard Piacentini as this year’s Legacy honoree.  You are likely already very familiar with Richard’s work, but here is a snapshot of why we selected him:

Richard Piacentini Photo: Ed Rombout Photography

Richard Piacentini
Photo: Ed Rombout Photography

Since 1994, Richard Piacentini has led the green transformation of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, opening the first LEED certified visitor center in a public garden; the first LEED® Platinum greenhouses; the world’s most energy-efficient conservatory; and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a net-zero energy/water facility designed to achieve Living Building Challenge™, LEED Platinum and Four Stars SITES™ certification.

Piacentini is interested in the important connection between people and plants, particularly as it relates to human and environmental wellness. He serves on the International Living Future Institute™ (ILFI) board, received ILFI and U.S. Green Building Council leadership awards, and is an American Public Gardens Association past-president.

Richard has played a huge role in making our region a leader in sustainability and healthy, high-performing buildings.  Please help us celebrate all of Richard’s wonderful work at our Emerald Evening 2014!  Meanwhile, stay tuned to meet the nominees of our Luminary Award (the “People’s Choice” award) in the coming weeks.

We hope to see you on September 25th!


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