For the third year New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will present the Green Design Awards to acknowledge individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions toward advancing the cause of sustainable design. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at a cocktail reception from 5:30-7:30 at the Arthur King Satz Auditorium, New York School of Interior Design, 170 East 70th Street, New York City.

The honorary co-chairs for the 2011 Green Design Awards include Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing, Laurie Kerr, architect, LEED AP, Stephanie Odegard, founder and president of Odegard, Inc., and Jonathan F.P. Rose, president of Jonathan Rose Companies.

Award Categories and Recipients

Design of Interior Spaces: Perkins+Will

Design of Interior Spaces recognizes the substantial contribution of interior designers, architects, lighting designers, engineer, and other professionals.

At Perkins+Will, sustainable design is a result of a creative and collaborative process that involves all their disciplines. They not only reduce environmental impact, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, reintegrate ecological systems and limit exposure to harmful substances, but are also helping to improve the environment through regenerative design.

Interior Products: Designtex

Interior Products recognizes significant contributions in the area of interior use such as furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, fixtures, and the vast array of accessories and other decorative objects that enhance the interior environment.

Designtex’s mission is to design and deliver innovative solutions that benefit human and environmental health, while educating and challenging themselves, their suppliers, and customers in sustainable practices.

Green Business Practice: InterfaceFLOR

Green Business Practice recognizes organizations and individuals for outstanding green business practices including, corporate philosophy/mission, manufacturing, distribution, and retail and sales.

At InterfaceFLOR, they have made it their mission to go way beyond green product attributes. Every creative, manufacturing and building decision made is intended to help them achieve zero environmental footprint by 2020 and give the consumer the most fashionable, high performing and environmentally well-rounded products in the industry.

Development: The Steel Yard, Clay Rockefeller and Nick Bauta

Development recognizes extraordinary green builders, construction managers, and facilities managers/operators.

Co-founded by Clay Rockefeller and Nick Bauta in 2001, The Steel Yard acts as a catalyst in the creative revitalization of the industrial valley district of Providence, Rhode Island. In fostering the industrial arts and incubating small business, The Steel Yard seeks to cultivate an environment of experimentation and a community strengthened by creative networks.

Advocacy: Bill Browning, Terrapin

Advocacy recognizes leading grass roots organizations, non-profits, private foundations, individual advocates/educators, and other community entities promoting and practicing sustainability.

Bill Browning is one of the four founding partners at Terrapin, an environmental consulting and strategic planning firm committed to improving the human environment through green development, policy, and related research.

The recipients were selected by the Green Design Nominating Committee:

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED AP, co-founder of Ecoimpact Consulting Clodagh, widely recognized as a leader in the green movement; Peter Conant, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; Kati Curtis, ASID, CID, LEED AP, ID&C; Susan Inglis, executive director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council; Ethan Lu, AIA, LEED AP and NYSID sustainability area coordinator; Wendy Silverstein, president, New York Chapter, IFDA; William Spink, president of IDLNY; Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief, Metropolis magazine; Cheryl Tague, ASID, NYSID Alumna, and founder of Core Home Inc.

Here are some photos from the 2011 ceremony:

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