King County honors ‘green building’
Seattle, WA— Nearly two
dozen King County employees whose exceptional efforts have helped
King County become a nationally recognized leader in green, sustainable
building were honored for their work February 15 at the first-annual
Green Building Summit in Tukwila.
The “Excellence in Building
Green Awards” honor employees who contributed to protecting
King County’s natural resources by actively applying green-building
techniques into their projects, including using recycled materials,
salvaging old construction materials for future uses and designing
projects with minimal impacts to the environment.
“These are the public servants
who are bringing us new ways of achieving excellence and helping
us work smarter in county government,” said King County
executive Ron Sims, a longtime advocate of the “building
green” philosophy. “Their ideas and work give the
citizens of our county the double benefit of a healthier environment
and the efficient, cost-effective services that we deliver every
The Green Building Summit featured
David Eisenberg, a founder of the Development Center for Appropriate
Technology and a former board member of the U.S. Green Building
Council. Eisenberg was the keynote speaker for the inaugural Green
The Excellence in Building Green
Award winners for 2005 are:
Cynthia Moffitt, King County
Department of Development and Environmental Services: For raising
awareness about sustainable development practices and instituting
successful programs to further King County’s mission to
support green building.
Butch Lovelace, King County Parks
Division: For his work to ensure leadership in energy and environmental
design certification for the Marymoor Maintenance Facility Project.
Bob Burns, deputy director, King
County Department of Natural Resources and Parks: For sponsoring
the county-wide “green building team” and leading
“Urban Green,” a non-profit organization that provides
education and outreach on green building.
Harbor Island Deconstruction
Project Team: Francis Gaspay, Katie Spataro, Kinley Deller and
Mike Long, for their work to ensure that two wooden warehouse
buildings of historical significance were deconstructed and the
Lakewood Family Center Team:
Kevin Brown, Kurt Triplett, Jessie Israel, TJ Davis, Katie Spataro,
DeSean Quinn and Sarah Jepson, for bringing cutting edge ideas
in green design to the construction of a community center in King
County’s Lakewood Park. The team encouraged their non-profit
partners, the Technology Access Foundation, to incorporate green
building practices and conservation education into the project.
Henderson/M.L. King CSO Project
Team: Rick Andrews, Tim Goon, Alton Gaskill, Kathy Mathena and
Christie True, for their work on Wastewater Treatment Division
project that will help eliminate overflows from sewers to Lake
Washington during extreme storms.
DDES Sustainably Landscaped Gardens
Team: Karen May, Cynthia Moffitt and Doug Rice, for excellence
in planning, designing and installing three sustainably landscaped
The winners’ awards were
made of recycled glass and were designed and created by Bedrock
Industries, a King County Link-Up partner.