By Nick Minecci
USAG Public Affairs
FORT DETRICK, Md. - Col. Judith Robinson, Fort Detrick garrison commander, was recognized at the sixth annual Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building, sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council Thursday with The Leadership and Innovator Award for Government Leading by Example.
More than 500 people associated with the commercial real estate, architecture, engineering, interior design and construction industries gathered for the event at the Thames Street Wharf, where the awards were presented in two categories: Projects and Leadership and Leadership and Innovator.
The Projects and Leadership Awards are project-based awards given to outstanding green projects, separated by project type. The USGBC recognized Robinson for leadership and innovation for projects and initiatives that contributed to market transformation, community organization and change.
"I appreciate this recognition, but this [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] program is only a part of the innovations and strides that we at Fort Detrick are making toward a sustainable future," said Robinson.
"We look at the LEED program as one tool in our toolbox that will continue to make Fort Detrick a great place to live and work, a partner with the community and a Sustainable Community of Excellence."
During the presentation and awards members of the USGBC noted several times that Robinson and Fort Detrick are, "one of the organizations doing sustainability right."
The USGBC is an organization committed to promoting green building and sustainable practices through cost-efficient and energy-saving building initiatives. USGBC developed the LEED rating tool which the Army has embraced to evaluate sustainability features in their new construction projects.
Robinson was noted as being one of the first Garrison Commanders to not only select LEED "ready designs, but to insist that each new facility be constructed to a LEED Silver standard. The Maryland USGBC chapter works to promote sustainable building practices that are environmentally responsible while still profitable, and by creating healthy places to live, work, and learn.
Fort Detrick, Md., is a Sustainable Army Community of Excellence, based on the four key values of Relevant, Respectful, Responsible, and Ready. Safety is the first, last, and all the time standard, empowering employees to make a difference. Empowered employees have made the garrison one of the Top Five Family Friendly and Best Places to Work in Frederick County and the top 1 percent of safe workplaces in the nation.