Lifetime achievements in building green

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Three green building pioneers received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 3rd Annual Toronto Regional Green Building Festival held last week from at Ontario Place.

Janis Kravis, Peter Love and Doug Pollard were recognized for their passion and dedication to sustainable building and design.

"The Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate the success of visionaries who recognized the importance of sustainable buildings and energy efficiency years ago, and have been working to make green building a reality today," said Tom Ponessa, Director of Programs, Sustainable Buildings Canada. "I'm honoured to present these awards to our winners."

Janis Kravis, of Janis Kravis Consultants Inc. in North York, has been a leader in the field since 1961, helping governments, corporations, individuals and communities reduce their environmental impact and work towards sustainability. He practices energy and resource conservation, design of healthy buildings along with and social and environmental responsibility. Both a proponent and practitioner of the Integrated Design Process that looks at a building as a whole system rather than the sum of its parts, he also formed the "Healthy Buildings Task Force" at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer, has been involved with energy efficiency since he first worked as a project coordinator for Pollution Probe where his team developed the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" concept. While Executive Director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, he was a strong advocate for energy efficiency and its related benefits to the economy and the environment. His continued commitment to energy efficiency has helped bring about much needed changes.

Doug Pollard ran his own architectural practice in Toronto for thirty years focusing on housing and small institutional projects noted for their intelligent use of land, resources, and finances that also opened opportunities for user participation in the design process. He joined the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in 1998 as a senior researcher in sustainable community planning. He also chairs the National Housing Research Committee's working group on sustainable communities, which is researching and developing the business case for sustainable development.

The awards ceremony, sponsored by the Cement Association of Canada and Enbridge, concluded the 2-day Green Building Festival.

"It has been an excellent conference. Not only did we recognize and celebrate the long-term contributions of green building leaders, we heard from leading innovators and producers on environmental sustainability, and hundreds of people attended the trade show which had over 70 exhibitors representing the leading edge of Canada's sustainable building industry," said Michael Singleton, Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada.

Photo, left to right: Janis Kravis, Peter Love, Doug Pollard.

From the files of Alternative Energy News and the Green Building Festival.