gb&d is now accepting nominations for the sixth annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA). Now more than ever, conversations around leadership in sustainability are of utmost importance. At a time when some aim to downplay the need for green, gb&d is thrilled to offer a way to showcase and congratulate those doing sustainability’s best championing as part of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. WSLA is the magazine’s top annual accolade, recognizing the most powerful women making a difference in the world through sustainability.
“We’re honored that WSLA has become the most prestigious American award for women making lasting change in the world of sustainability,” says Chris Howe, CEO and editor-in-chief at gb&d. “We are committed to doing our part and continuing to connect the most powerful women at the forefront of sustainability through our WSLA network.”
gb&d’s Laura Heidenreich, president, says seeing all of the winners—past and present—in the same room makes a powerful statement. “When you hear from each of these women and begin to understand how far they’ve come and the impact they’ve had already in their careers, it’s truly inspiring. WSLA gives us a chance to recognize each other and encourage each other to stay the course.”
Winners are selected based on their ability to meet the following criteria:
Effectively demonstrates a dedication to working in sustainability, has helped shaped her organization through lasting change, values mentorship and has helped guide other female leaders, and has demonstrated bravery/courage in the workplace. Winners will be chosen by a jury of industry professionals—including representatives of gb&d, the Women in Sustainability Leadership Alumnae Group, and the USGBC—and will be celebrated at a dinner and awards ceremony during the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Atlanta in November.
Winners will join a prestigious list of women, as past WSLA awards have gone to such notable names as Hillary Clinton, Bea Perez (Coca-Cola), Angela Foster-Rice (United Airlines), Arielle Bertman (Google), and Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang Architects).
“It’s an incredible honor to be associated with such an accomplished group of women leaders who are making positive change throughout the world,” says Rochelle Routman, chief sustainability officer at Aspecta and chair of WSLA’s alumnae group. Most recently the WSLA Alumnae Group led a successful mentor group at the Living Future unConference, and the group continues to work to help its peers do their best work while also giving back to local communities.
gb&d is the only magazine dedicated to today’s leading green professionals with a mission to create a more sustainable world across industries. It connects and inspires green building professionals by partnering with those at the forefront of sustainable design, development, planning, and policy. The publication offers a comprehensive global perspective on new projects and products created with sustainability and social responsibility in mind.
For more information on supporting WSLA, contact Laura Heidenreich, firstname.lastname@example.org.