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State Senator Scott Wiener and Commissioner Andrew McAllister were awarded the USGBC Green Hard Hat in recognition of their transformational leadership.

Feature image: Brenden McEneaney, Commissioner McAllister, Senator Wiener, Senator Skinner, Wes Sullens and Jeremy Sigmon. Photo courtesy of California Energy Commission.

We recently recognized the achievements of two of California’s state leaders who are driving forward California's vision of healthy, efficient and high-performing buildings at USGBC's annual Green Hard Hat Awards event in Sacramento. 2012 awardee Senator Nancy Skinner kicked off the event with enthusiastic remarks about the two new awardees and about USGBC.

State Senator Scott Wiener and Commissioner Andrew McAllister of the California Energy Commission were awarded the USGBC Green Hard Hat in recognition of their transformational leadership in creating a more sustainable California.

“We’re immensely proud to be working with such influential and passionate people, especially Senator Wiener and Commissioner McAllister,” said Brenden McEneaney, Pacific regional director at USGBC. “California has led the charge at the state level when it comes to green building initiatives, and we’ll continue working with these leaders to deliver sustainable, healthy communities for all Californians.”

Senator Wiener served as county supervisor in San Francisco before being elected to the state senate in 2016, but has taken up the mantle with full force, authoring several bills that promote more efficient use of water and energy in buildings, as well as making way for more affordable housing. USGBC is thankful for the senator’s outstanding leadership on these issues on behalf of his district, covering the city and county of San Francisco (a global leader in green building policy and planning).

Senator Wiener addresses USGBC members at LEED Platinum, net zero energy Golden1 Center while USGBC's Brenden McEneaney and Wes Sullens look on.

Senator Wiener addresses USGBC members at the Golden1 Center while USGBC's Brenden McEneaney and Wes Sullens look on. Photo credit: California Energy Commission.

Commissioner McAllister has been leading many of the energy efficiency and clean energy efforts at the California Energy Commission since 2012. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs and has overseen important research and state programs to unlock the potential of energy efficiency. McAllister carefully pursues the climate nexus of the energy programs and research he oversees, including recognizing the important potential of green buildings as a key part of the solution. (For more, see the foreword of USGBC's 2015 report on CALGreen implementation).

This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Golden1 Center, the LEED Platinum, net zero energy arena that is one of the greenest such venues in the world and home to the Sacramento Kings.  After the awards ceremony, USGBC members, partners and guests took a guided tour of the arena.

Next, USGBC members will convene for more sustainability education and celebration at the annual GreenerBuilder conference, held in 2017 at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro.

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