november, 2023

02nov5:30 pm9:00 pmUSGBC New York Upstate 2023 Leadership Awards

Event Details

The USGBC New York Upstate Leadership Awards celebrate excellence from projects, people, and partners that are working to create better buildings and better lives for all in our community. It is important that we celebrate our successes as a community. USGBC New York Upstate continues to inspire progress in the sustainable and resilient built environment for the rest of the state. This is thanks to the hard work of project teams and individuals with the initiative and willingness to lead our communities toward a better future for all.

The dress code is business casual.

When & Where

Join us on Thursday November 2nd, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Rail Line in Syracuse, NY. There will be an optional networking opportunity from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. For parking information please visit the venue’s website.

The Awards

Click here to read more about the award winners.

View the 2022 award winners here.

Event Agenda

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Optional networking opportunity

6:00 pm – Event begins; networking continues

6:40 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Keynote speaker

7:25 pm – 8:10 pm – Award ceremony

8:10 – 8:15 pm – NYSERDA remarks

8:15 – 8:20 pm – USGBC remarks

8:20 pm – 9:00 pm – Networking

9:00 pm – Event concludes

Our Keynote Speaker: Don Anderson

Don Anderson has been working for over four decades on building performance improvement. For most of this time, his work has focused on “voluntary market transformation programs”, benchmarking, and large portfolios of buildings. This has resulted in time logged developing and improving the Energy Star and LEED Programs and support for similar programmatic initiatives in China and India. In addition, Don spent a decade as the first Chief Sustainability Officer in private equity, where he pursued portfolio performance improvement as a path to value creation. He remains sector agnostic with a focus on low- and no-cost core business and O&M solutions that are often missed along the path to “net zero”.

Kevin Stack Award: NY DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos

Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC Co-Founder and past CEO of USGBC & GBCI, will present Commissioner Seggos with the Kevin Stack award.

Past recipients of the Kevin Stack Award for Sustainability include Kevin Stack, Patrick Jackson, Bob Fox, Rick Fedrizzi, Silda Wall Spitzer, Mike Phinney, Harry Gordon, and Joanie Mahoney.


If you have any event registration issues or access to the event, please contact Rebecca Bintley,


You can register for the event here.


(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm ET


Rail Line Event Venue

530 South Clinton Street