For the third consecutive year, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will present the Green Design Awards on May 4, to acknowledge individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions toward advancing the cause of sustainable design.
Design of Interior Spaces: Perkins+Will
Design of Interior Spaces recognizes the substantial contribution of interior designers, architects, lighting designers, engineer, and other professionals.
At Perkins+Will, sustainable design is a result of a creative and collaborative process that involves all their disciplines. They not only reduce environmental impact, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, reintegrate ecological systems and limit exposure to harmful substances, but are also helping to improve the environment through regenerative design.
Interior Products: Designtex
Interior Products recognizes significant contributions in the area of interior use such as furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, fixtures, and the vast array of accessories and other decorative objects that enhance the interior environment.
Designtex mission is to design and deliver innovative solutions that benefit human and environmental health, while educating and challenging themselves, their suppliers, and customers in sustainable practices. Their wide range of products includes innovative textiles, wallcoverings and surface solutions for any environment.
Development: The Steel Yard, Clay Rockefeller and Nick Bauta
Development recognizes extraordinary green builders, construction managers, and facilities managers/operators.
Co-founded by Clay Rockefeller and Nick Bauta in 2001, The Steel Yard acts as a catalyst in the creative revitalization of the industrial valley district of Providence, Rhode Island. In fostering the industrial arts and incubating small business, The Steel Yard seeks to cultivate an environment of experimentation and a community strengthened by creative networks.
Green Business Practice: InterfaceFLOR
Green Business Practice recognizes organizations and individuals for outstanding green business practices including, corporate philosophy/mission, manufacturing, distribution, and retail and sales.
At InterfaceFLOR, they have made it their mission to go way beyond green product attributes. Every creative, manufacturing and building decision made is intended to help them achieve zero environmental footprint by 2020 and give the consumer the most fashionable, high performing and environmentally well-rounded products in the industry.
Advocacy: Bill Browning, Terrapin
Advocacy recognizes leading grass roots organizations, non-profits, private foundations, individual advocates/educators, and other community entities promoting and practicing sustainability.
Bill Browning is one of the four founding partners at Terrapin, an environmental consulting and strategic planning firm committed to improving the human environment through green development, policy, and related research. Bill is one of the green building and real estate industry's foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society.
"These organizations and individuals are true sustainability trailblazers," said NYSID President Christopher Cyphers. "The work they are doing is not only groundbreaking, it is absolutely necessary for the future of the environment. NYSID is pleased to honor them, and by doing so, hopefully bring even more attention to their worthy endeavors." A medal designed by architect Michael Graves, who is on NYSID's International Advisory Board, will be presented to this year's recipients, as well as all future Green Design Award winners.