2015 Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability to Be Awarded to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Second Annual Award and $25,000 to be Presented at The Hanley Award Dinner November 17 during Greenbuild in Washington, D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood announced today that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland will receive the second annual Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability. The award, with its $25,000 grant, was created to recognize community-based and non-profit organizations working to advance sustainability and environmental awareness in the host cities of the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which takes place this year in Washington, D.C. 

Michael Hanley, president of the Hanley Foundation and creator of the award, who has been involved with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation over the years, states, "Their commitment to sustainability has paved the way for the design/construction of two of the most sustainable buildings in the world. They have also been a shining example for other companies and non-profits to design buildings that are not only good for the environment, but beautiful and functional, as well."

Founded in 1967, CBF is one of the most successful environmental organizations. Its work includes educating students and the public about the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of rivers and streams that feed it; restoring oysters, streamside buffers, and other natural filters; advocating successfully for programs to reduce the pollution  degrading these waterways; and litigating when necessary. CBF, through its commitment to environmental building and educational outreach, has earned its reputation as a leading practitioner of sustainable building, beginning more than 30 years ago with design and construction of residential environmental education centers.

In 2000, CBF opened the doors of the Philip Merrill Environmental Center—CBF's headquarters and the world's first LEED Platinum certified building. In November 2014, CBF dedicated the Brock Environmental Center designed by Greg Mella, Vice President of the SmithGroup, JJR LLC in Washington, D.C. With the Brock Center's solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal wells, rain cisterns, waterless toilets and natural landscaping, the building is recognized as an international model for energy and water-efficiency, having earned US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Certification. 

The Brock Center is also the first commercial building in the United States permitted to treat rain water for drinking usage. The Center, which so far returns more energy to the grid than it draws, is well on its way to earning the Living Building Challenge, which has been described as "the built environment's most rigorous performance standard."

"We are honored and humbled by this prestigious award for Community Service in Sustainability. We thank The Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood. Chesapeake Bay Foundation appreciates the many benefits of green design, and we have long been committed to working in ways that are inspirational and transformative. Conceiving of the Brock Center—a structure tough as nails yet beautiful and with zero harm to the environment—was easy. But we could never could have built it without the help of many, especially Joan and Macon Brock, for whom the Center is named. And so, we share this award with them and with the broader community that stood with us throughout the design and construction process," noted William C. Baker, President of The Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability will be presented alongside The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability ($50,000) to this year's recipient, Gail Vittori at The Hanley Award dinner, which takes place annually during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Both awards will be presented at The Hanley Award dinner on November 17 in Washington D.C.

The Hanley Award for Community Service recognizes the efforts of organizations working within the annual Greenbuild host city region in one of the following areas: 1) Providing housing that is affordable, sustainable and healthy; 2) expanding community awareness in sustainability and environmental issues through education and/or demonstration projects; 3) developing and advocating innovations in local and regional policies affecting sustainability; and 4) creating sustainable public buildings that advance community awareness.

About The Hanley Foundation
The Hanley Foundation is a non-profit foundation created in 1999 by Michael and Kathryn Hanley that provides support for organizations working in the areas of affordable housing, environmental awareness, and community services. The Washington, DC-based foundation supports local entities helping to provide shelter, like Friendship Place in Washington, D.C. and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and environmental organizations like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Hanley Awards were created to recognize and honor significant and lasting contributions to advancing sustainability in the built environment. The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, now in its fifth year, was established in 2009.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood is the premier company serving the information, media, and marketing needs of the residential, commercial design and construction industry. Utilizing the largest analytics-and-editorially-driven Construction Industry Database, the company provides business intelligence and data driven services. The company produces award-winning media, both digital and print, high-profile executive events, and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit hanleywood.com.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, CBF fights for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Its motto, "Save the Bay," is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals. With offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and 15 field centers, CBF leads the way in restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams. Over the last four decades, CBF achieved a broad understanding of the Bay's poor health, engaged public leaders in making commitments to restore the Chesapeake, and fought successfully to create a new approach to cleanup that features real accountability—the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

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