Nominate your volunteer team for the 2017 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT Award

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USGBC is “All In” for Greenbuild Boston. Our movement is driven by passionate and talented individuals, and we want to celebrate and recognize the local leaders and teams who improve their communities. We also remember USGBC’s forward-thinking past leaders who helped get us to where we are today, and are reminded of the dedication of Malcolm Lewis, PhD, who dedicated 30 years to his leadership in advancing the green building industry, market and movement.

The Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, created in honor of Malcolm’s significant contributions, brings awareness to the amazing work of volunteer teams across the U.S. who are moving the needle for green buildings and communities. To help elevate awareness of each team’s great work, nominations are shared online as videos, picture slideshows or infographics for public voting. The nomination with the largest number of public votes will be recognized during the Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thurs., November 9 at Greenbuild.

In 2016, we recognized the Calvary Women’s Services Volunteer Team in Washington, D.C. Calvary is a nonprofit that empowers homeless women by providing housing, healthcare, employment and education. Their facility serves as a transitional home for 40 women and a space for programming.

The USGBC National Capital Region emerging professionals volunteer team dedicated over 200 volunteer hours and secured over $20,000 of in-kind service and material donations. An anonymous group of volunteers donated $7,500 in memory of Malcolm Lewis to Calvary Women’s Services in support of the volunteer team’s continued efforts. We are grateful to Malcolm Lewis’s friends, who will continue their generous donation in 2017 to further the work of volunteers in support of their project or initiative.

We encourage you and your team, who are making green buildings and communities a reality, to submit a nomination.


Aug. 8–Sept. 25 Nominations open
Sept. 27–Oct. 13 Viral voting
Oct. 18 Winner announced
Nov. 9 Leadership Luncheon at Greenbuild

Eligibility and submission requirements

The USGBC Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award recognizes a team of volunteers who have performed a high-impact project or initiative. Although we appreciate the work and impact realized by individuals, only teams of three or more volunteers are accepted for this award.

  • Winners of the award are ineligible to resubmit for three years following their receipt of the award.
  • All volunteer groups working within sustainable/green building are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants are not required to be officially affiliated with USGBC or to contain USGBC staff or USGBC volunteers. USGBC staff are, however, eligible to submit.

Submissions must be in digital form and submitted as a video, a picture slideshow or an infographic. Videos and slideshows should be no longer than 60 seconds in length. Nominations should

  • Introduce the volunteer team.
  • Identify the “problem” the team sought to address.
  • Tell the story of how volunteers worked toward success.

People’s choice viral voting

To share the great work accomplished by the nominees with a greater audience, nominations are posted to Facebook. The online community is welcome to “like” any nomination they feel is deserving of this recognition. The nomination with the most number of likes by the closing of voting will receive the award.

Check out the 2016 nomination gallery.

Past awardees

Submit your nomination


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