Smith recently received the Environmental Leadership Award from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the prestigious Corporate Real Estate Leadership Award from the editors of Site Selection magazine, and he was selected as the Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of CoreNet.
NAHB Research Center President Michael Luzier said that the efforts of Smith’s company “to incorporate energy efficiency and environmental consciousness in its daily business activities and strategic planning serve as a model across many industries.”
In a recent speech, Fujio Cho, Toyota’s president, named the environment as one of three key business priorities, along with globalization and development of human resources. "In the past, being an environmentally conscious company was a luxury, but not anymore," he said. Cho noted that the Toyota Prius has passed 200,000 units in global sales, setting the stage for further hybrid progress. "Energy use at our North American plants is down 17% since 2000," he said, "and four of our engine and parts plants are at zero landfill status."
The NAHB Research Center is coordinating an educational session in which the 2005 EVHA winners will discuss their most effective energy efficiency upgrades in various climates. “Energy Efficiency Trade-offs by Climate” will be held on Jan. 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center.
The EVHA program is managed by the NAHB Research Center, and operated in partnership with NAHB and the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Award sponsors include Building Green, Icynene, FannieMae and the AAMA Vinyl Material Council.
To purchase tickets for the EVHA dinner ceremony or for more information, e-mail Debi Dean or call her at 800-638-8556 x6323; or click here.
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