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.
Each award recipient receives:
Inclusion in an article in The REsource the GRC’s monthly eNewsletter
Presentation of their customized award and pin at a special Green REsource Council EverGreen Award reception at the REALTORS® Conference and Expo in November
A topic-specific press release regarding the national recognition
Consideration for association or media requests for green practitioners
GreenREsourceCouncil.org Web site prominence
What does it take to get the Green REsource Council'sEverGreen 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'sEverGreen Award."
There are attributes that all award recipients will have in common, such as:
- Dedication to green lifestyle and work-style.
- Green Industry skills based on training, competency and experience.
- Active participation in Green REsource Council, other professional associations and in community organizations.
- Commitment to the advancement of the Green Building Industry and its practice.
- Creative implementation of green events, practices, or habits in your office or community
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 email, fax or mail.
All 2014 Green REsource Council's EverGreen Award Nomination Forms must be received by August 31, 2014.
Nominations made after August 31, 2014 will be considered for the 2015 EverGreen Award.
Please contact Green REsource Council by e-mail or call 1-800-498-9422.
Meet the 2014 EverGreen Award Winners
Steve Brown. His term as NAR president ends in just a couple months, and Brown likely will be remembered for the focus he brought to environmental issues during his tenure.
In July, he organized and hosted the first the first-ever NAR environmental summit in Washington, D.C.
His view is that environmental challenges and opportunities will be a part of every real estate practitioner’s life. As such, he has worked to generate action on environmental topics and embed a sense of environmental concern into the consciousness of the association. Brown is being recognized as a Green Industry Advocate.
Clayton Jirak, a Chicago practitioner with Redfin brings his green knowledge to his community through his work with several organizations. One is the Ravenswood Community Council, a group that improves the neighborhood by educating locals on sustainable lifestyle and business choices and physically greening the neighborhood. Jirak also worked on a charrette to plan the Bloomingdale Trail, a trail and park that will run along an unused elevated rail line in another Chicago neighborhood.
Kim Mulligan, a practitioner with Cooper Jacobs Real Estate in Seattle, has devoted herself to educating herself, her clients, and her community about sustainable building and remodeling. In fact, even before she got her real estate license, she took classes in green building.
Since 2010, Mulligan has worked with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild in planning and promoting the annual Northwest Green Home Tour. She served as the event’s 2014 chair and will do so again in 2015.
What sets Mulligan apart from other practitioners is her commitment to educating colleagues and clients about the true meaning of green building.
John Shipman, principal of Energy Efficiency Management, is recognized for his expertise in green housing and his skill as a Green Designation Trainer.
He’s also known for working with a team to transform a home built in 1975 into a high-performance property. The project, in Walnut, California, received the GreenPoint Rated Existing Home Elements label. It serves as a case study of how green retrofits can lower the overall cost of homeownership, increase a home’s overall value, and create a comfortable, healthy home that preserves natural resources.
Shipman is being honored for his teaching, a role in which he taps his first-hand experience to bring green home topics to life for his students.
Build it Green, a REBAC Licensed Provider from California has only been offering NAR’s Green Designation courses for a year, but has found a way to host nearly 20 courses since March. With their efforts, they’ve hosted almost 800 students in that short period of time. As a provider that’s able to focus on local and regional green building trends and incentives, they’re able to offer a unique perspective to students looking to learn more about sustainability.
Past Award Winners
2013 Award Winners
Rob Larson (Green Industry Advocate)
Brenda Nunes (Instructor)
2012 Award Winners
Dave Porter (Instructor)
Marjory Gentsch (Instructor)
Laura Stukel (Green Industry Advocate)
Texas Association of REALTORS®
2011 Award Winners
New York State Association of REALTORS®
2010 Award Winners
Traverse City Association of REALTORS® (TAAR)
2009 Award Winners
Hogan School of Real Estate