HDR’s Morgan Abbett Receives 2017 USGBC Leadership Award

Award Honors Sustainability Leaders at Annual Greenbuild Conference and Exposition

Abbett with the 2017 Leadership Award.

Morgan Abbett, a sustainability coordinator at HDR, has received a prestigious 2017 Leadership Award presented by the U.S. Green Building Council. The awards are an annual recognition of the outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement. Abbett recently joined HDR and is based in HDR’s San Francisco office.

Abbett was the project manager for the Parkwood Tech Centre project, which is this year’s recipient of the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award. A partnership between building professionals in the San Francisco Bay area and the South African education nonprofit, Bottomup, the PTC started as a way for the disadvantaged population in the Parkwood community of Cape Town, South Africa, to access computers and educational courses, especially for children. Abbett was part of an all-female team of engineers who rebuilt the crumbling and unhealthy existing building, and created a sustainable green building that generates most of its own power and helps the community with job training and access to technology.

Abbett is an engineer in training and an accredited professional by LEED, which is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

“We are proud that Morgan, the newest member of HDR’s Office of Sustainability, was the project manager of the team receiving the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award,” said HDR’s Sustainability Director Michaella Wittmann. “Malcolm was an early leader in the green building industry and Morgan joins HDR to help carry his message of sustainability forward.”

“Morgan has proven her dedication to ensuring that healthy green buildings are accessible to all people, especially our most vulnerable populations, and it is only fitting that we honor her with this well-deserved recognition,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC and Green Business Certification, Inc. “Morgan has shown superb leadership as an advocate for the green building movement and has inspired all of us to continue the charge forward in creating sustainable, healthy and connected communities through the built environment.”

Award recipients were honored at the 2017 USGBC Leadership Awards luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held recently in Boston.

The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

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