Get to know our distinguished panel of judges below.
Chris Howe is the publisher and CEO of Green Building & Design, while Laura Heidenreich serves as the publication’s associate publisher and president. Howe and Heidenreich are the co-founders of gb&d’s parent company Green Advocacy Partners, LLC and the creators of the WSLA. Together they formed their company, which advocates for meaningful and lasting sustainable change with the mission of creating a more sustainable world.
Amanda Sturgeon is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute and has been with the Institute for over 5 years. She joined ILFI following a career as a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. She also co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative for Perkins + Will across 20 offices worldwide.
Rochelle Routman is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Halstead International/MetroFloor Corp. In her previous role as the VP of Sustainability at Mohawk Industries, she evolved the company’s corporate strategic strategy, engaged employees, supported Mohawk’s customers in meeting their sustainability goals, and communicated the program to external audiences. She is a proven leader and expert sustainability strategist and chair of our WSLA alumnae group.
Angela Foster-Rice is the Managing Director of Environmental Affairs at United Airlines. As an attorney who has been with the carrier since 2002, she spearheaded agreements with biofuel suppliers to enable United to use advanced sustainable aviation biofuels. In addition to her passion for sustainability and green strategies, she is an advocate for building confidence in women leaders.
Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, launching a new collaborative enterprise. She has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education. She established one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.
Kimberly Lewis is the Senior VP of Community Advancement & Conferences/Events for the US Green Building Council where she works to integrate, diversify, and globalize USGBC’s community of volunteers, chapters, and emerging professionals from around the world. She also serves on the advisory boards of Starwood Hotels, Marriott International Hotels, and convention visitors bureaus in New Orleans.