Awards of Excellence

The 2015 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence are now open to submissions.

2014 Interior Green Wall Award
Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa
Award Recipient: Diamond Schmitt Architects,
KWC Architects & NEDLAW Living Walls

Each year we recognize integrated design and installation excellence with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. We also recognize outstanding contributions to the industry in research, policy, and corporate contribution. This year's awards will be officially presented October 7, 2015 at CitiesAlive: 13th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in New York, NY. Award winners will be profiled in front of hundreds of industry professionals at CitiesAlive, in the Living Architecture Monitor, and in numerous other publications.

The Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence program recognizes distinction in four areas:

  • The Design Awards acknowledge excellence in innovative and integrative green roof and wall design and raise awareness of the multiple benefits that green infrastructure can provide clients and the general public.
  • The Research Award honor individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in research.
  • The Civic Award honor individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in policy development.
  • The President's Corporate Award honors individuals from GRHC corporate member companies that have made a significant contribution to the green roof and wall industry.

The Design Awards

This year there are nine design award categories for outstanding green roof and wall projects in North America. Applicants may submit more than one project for the same, or different award categories.

The Design Awards are selected by an eight-member, multi-disciplinary judging team that includes Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers and Horticulturists. Submissions are evaluated according to a broad range of weighted criteria including aesthetic, economic, functional and ecological components.

VancouverIsland2
2013 Intensive Institutional Green Roof Award
Vancouver Island University
Award Recipient: Sharp & Diamond Landscape 
Architecture Inc.

To submit, download an entry form for either a green roof or green wall project, then upload it to the online registration site. Remember that after the first two pages of the entry form, submissions must be anonymousThe deadline for submissions to the 2015 Design Awards is June 2nd, 2015 (11:55pm EDT).

The Research Award

The Green Roof & Wall Reseach Award honors a person or team that has published a significant green roof or green wall article in a peer-reviewed journal. The nomination process is open to any person or organization that has had an article published in a peer-reviewed journal in the past six years (2008 - 2014).

The Research Award is selected by members of GRHC’s Research Committee, Chaired by Virginia Russell, University of Cincinnati.

To nominate either yourself or a collegue for the Research Award, download an entry form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Research Award is July 29, 2015.

The Civic Award

CenterforUrbanWaters1
2012 Extensive Institutional Green Roof Award
Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, WA
Award Recipient: Swift Company
The Green Roof & Wall Civic Award honors individuals or groups that have made a significant contribution to the green roof industry in policy development. Nomination is open to any individual, agency, non-governmental organization, or corporation who has advanced public policy debate on green roofs and walls in North America.

The Civic Award is selected by by members of GRHC’s Policy Committee, Chaired by Hamid Karimi, Ph.D., Government of the District of Columbia.

To nominate either yourself or a collegue for the Civic Award, download an entry form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Civic Award is July 29, 2015.

The President's Corporate Award

The President's Corporate Award honors individuals from GRHC corporate member companies that have made a significant contribution to the green roof and wall industry, through support for education, advocacy, and other efforts.

If you have any questions about the Awards of Excellence submission process, email Paul Erlichman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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