MAYOR’S GREEN AWARDS PRESENTED
(4/18/2007) Recipients Svigals + Partners and Elm City Cycling Recognized for Environmental Responsibility
NEW HAVEN- Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., led a ceremony at Martinez Elementary School today to honor the two recipients of the 2006 Mayor’s Green Awards. This year’s winners, Svigals + Partners, LLP and Elm City Cylcing were selected for upholding high standards of environmental responsibility and for their commitment to improving the Mayor’s Green initiative.
Last fall, the City put out a call for nominations for the Green Awards for which numerous submissions were received. A selection committee chose the two recipients because of their impact on improving the environmental quality of New Haven. Svigals designed the school where today’s event was held. Their submission for this award focused on their design of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified wing of Yale New Haven Hospital, the only one of its kind in the nation. In honor Svigals’ work, a tree was planted in front of the Martinez School.
"Svigals + Partners is honored to be recognized with a Mayor's Green Award for completing the nation's first LEED Commercial Interiors green lab renovation, at the Yale School of Medicine," said Barry Svigals, Managing Partner, Svigals + Partners. "We are extremely proud of this project and our commitment to sustainable buildings that can serve future generations. We are delighted that the importance of green building and its related environmental benefits are gaining increased attention and support."
Elm City Cycling, an advocacy group that works to make New Haven more cyclist-friendly, was honored with a plaque that will be welded to the bicycle rack in front of City Hall. The group was recognized primarily for their efforts to educate the New Haven community about the benefits of cycling for recreational means but more importantly as an alternate and more environmentally friendly method of transportation.
"We are thrilled that the city recognizes the impact that safe bicycling can have on the well-being of our community,” said Bruce Crowder of Elm City Cycling. “As transportation accounts for more than one quarter of all energy used in the US, it is crucial that we continue to make room for clean, affordable alternatives to motor vehicles. We can think of no better choice than the bicycle, which was invented right here in New Haven in 1866. We look forward to continued support in working to enable more people to bicycle more safely."
Environmental issues affecting the City of New Haven are a top priority for DeStefano who himself drives a hybrid vehicle and promotes “green” development in the City’s Downtown revitalization efforts.
“It is essential that we take the time everyday to do something to improve the quality of our environment and to make our communities clean and healthy. The work that Svigals and Elm City Cycling have done is to be applauded because they are true leaders in this effort,” said DeStefano. “I’d like to see more companies and organizations rise to challenge of finding alternative uses of fuel and transportation and of keeping our air, water and land clean.”
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