Congratulations to our 2014 Award winners, who were announced at the NC Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at our joint banquet with City of Raleigh’s Environmental Awards!
In 2014, one project won a GOLD Greater Triangle Stewardship Award and two projects received Silver Stewardship Development Awards:
Durham County Courthouse, Durham
The new Durham County Courthouse is a fantastic LEED-gold redevelopment project located in downtown Durham that is walkable, bikable, and well served by transit. The Courthouse, designed by O’Brien/Atkins Associates, also provides charging facilities for electric vehicles and bike storage lockers. The building utilizes a green roof and ran gardens to treat stormwater and incorporates numerous other green elements, such as certified and recycled materials, LED lighting, and even elevators with regenerative braking. These were all significant factors in the decision to award the Durham County Courthouse the program’s highest-level award, the GOLD Stewardship Development Award.
Town of Cary Fire Station #8, Cary
This new fire station in western Cary features an impressive solar panel array and extensive waste reduction measures. The program’s panel of judges was impressed by the education of local and national first responders in the energy, water, and waste management practices implemented at the station and by the involvement of Boy Scouts in a vegetable garden onsite, as well as the substantial amount of area left undisturbed, including 100-foot stream buffers. The Station was recognized with a Silver Stewardship Development Award.
Town of Cary Higgins Greenway, Cary
This Town of Cary project enhanced a greenway and restored a tributary to Swift Creek within an established neighborhood. The judges were impressed by the project’s use of floodplain wetlands and reduction of stream bank erosion. This project did a great job relieving stream degradation and educating neighbors and greenway users, so it was recognized with a Silver Stewardship Development Award.