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.
Rosshirt, Tenggren Win 2015 EverGreen Award
Dedication, commitment, and education are what this year’s two EverGreen Award winners share.
The winners, John Rosshirt and Christopher Tenggren, have been chosen because of their exemplary work that has helped the green industry to grow and flourish.
Rosshirt, a selling broker with Stanberry & Associates REALTORS®, Austin, was an early adopter of green and has been a dedicated member of the GRC’s advisory board. He helped to develop NAR’s Green Designation.
In addition, he’s a Texas Association of REALTORS® Regional Vice President and a National Association of REALTORS® 2014 Chair of the Smart Growth Advisory Board.
He says that one of his greatest honors was being selected by Steve Brown, past president of NAR, to look at environmental issues and assess risks and priorities for the first-ever Environmental Summit in 2014.
Living the green life
Tenggren, a practitioner with RE/MAX Great American North in St. Charles, Ill., also was an early adopter of green and participated in the first NAR Green Designation program in 2009.
In addition, he has been an active member of the GRC, and was instrumental in greening the MLS through his work with MRED’s (Midwest Real Estate Data) MLS Green Committee.
Tenggren’s works closely with builders on green home construction and renovation projects and he’s recognized as a force for the green home movement in Chicago’s western suburbs.
He also has first-hand knowledge about living the green lifestyle because he lives in an Energy Star-Certified Home that was custom built for his family in 2006.
Stellar line-up at NAR convention
You can read full profiles of the EverGreen winners in coming months in the GRC newsletter and Rosshirt and Tenggren will be honored at the annual EverGreen Reception during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego in November.
This year’s reception has a new twist. The GRC, ABR® and SRES® are teaming up for a joint reception that will broaden your networking opportunities. The reception, on Saturday, November 14 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., is free for ABR®, SRES® and GREEN members, though tickets are required. For non-members who want to attend, the reception fee is $55.00. Register online at the Convention site to reserve you spot.
This year’s convention also promises a stellar line-up of meet ‘n greets on the convention floor, networking opportunities, and an array of green-specific education sessions and panel discussions.
For a full convention line-up and registration information, see the online schedule.
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 June 29, 2015.
Nominations made after June 29, 2015 will be considered for the 2016 EverGreen Award.
Please contact Green REsource Council by e-mail or call 1-800-498-9422.
Past Award Winners
2014 Award Winners
Steve Brown (Green Industry Advocate)
Build it Green
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