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Throughout the country sustainable building design and green building practices are fast becoming accepted, and in certain cases mandatory. Agents who understand this major industry shift have equipped themselves with the right education, are developing green networks, and are actively promoting their green services. A handful of outstanding NAR Green Designees selected by an independent panel to receive the Green REsource Council's EverGreen Awards.
Here's a quick picture of each winner.
• David Popoff. The Fairfield, Conn.-based Popoff tirelessly works to get the green message out to colleagues and consumers. In the last year, he's had a presence at a long parade of green-focused events in his community, including Live Green Connecticut, Fairfield (Conn.) Earth Day, and the Green Greenwich Energy Conscious Home Show & Forum. In addition, Popoff, a practitioner with William Pitt Sotheby's, Darien, Conn., shares his knowledge and sustainable habits with friends, colleagues, and readers through his teaching and blogging.
• Betsy Macomber. Macomber serves up first-hand knowledge about Platinum LEED-rated homes. After all, she and her husband built one and live in one. To help others gain a better understanding of what rain water collection looks like, how PV solar operates and how a LEED house looks and feels, Macomber, a Ramona, Calif., practitioner, invites architects, student groups, and others to take a peek inside.
• Dave Porter and Marjory Gentsch. The two are being recognized for their teaching achievements. Porter taps his 30 years of mortgage industry knowledge - gained from working in the real estate and mortgage lending fields - to train tomorrow's practitioners in green best practices. He was instrumental in developing the Greening the MLS Toolkit and he's an advocate of encouraging the lending and valuation industries to recognize the value of green. He regularly shares his knowledge by teaching the NAR Green Designation course.
Gentsch, a 2007 EverGreen award winner and broker and founder of Hill Country Green Team, Austin, Tex., gets another nod this year for her passion and dedication to the GRC's education mission. She's willing to teach NAR Green Designation classes in virtually any Texas city, and she thinks creatively about how to keep students and real estate boards engaged with green.
• Laura Stukel. Around Chicago, Stukel's name is synonymous with green real estate because of her deep involvement with the green housing industry and the groups that promote it. This year, Stukel, of L.W. Reedy Real Estate, Elmhurst, Ill., is receiving a special award, the Green Industry Advocate, for her tremendous dedication to advancing sustainability in the real estate sector.
She's been leading the charge to shift the industry from thinking about housing costs only in terms of principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI). Transportation, utilities and maintenance (TUM) costs, she believes, are equally critical in measuring the total cost of homeownership, and she's been promoting her concept of PITI+TUM.
• Texas Association of REALTORS®. Real estate associations are key partners in green, and the GRC counts on them to get the word out about the value of green education and to provide training. TAR doesn't disappoint. During 2012, the association has hosted 16 green classes in 2012 and has served 105 students.
Each award recipient receives:
What does it take to get the Green REsource Council's EverGreen Award? There's no simple answer. The nomination form asks for a "summary of activities, achievements, participation in Green REsource Council programs and events, and general contributions to green real estate undertaken by the nominee that qualifies him/her for inclusion the Green REsource Council's EverGreen Award."
There are attributes that all award recipients will have in common, such as:
Green REsource Council members are encouraged to nominate (only) NAR Green Designees, including themselves, whose accomplishments deserve external acknowledgment.
To make a nomination, submit a EverGreen Award Nomination Form to the Green REsource Council via fax or mail.
All 2012 Green REsource Council's EverGreen Award Nomination Forms must be received by August 31, 2012.
Nominations made after August 31, 2012 will be considered for the 2013 EverGreen Award.
Please contact Green REsource Council by e-mail or call 1-800-498-9422.
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