Ben Sklar

Gail Vittori's many accomplishments in green building and sustainability has earned her the 2015 Hanley Wood Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated lasting and far-reaching contributions to sustainability, and who have greatly influenced environmental policy.

in the early '70s, after leaving the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a few credits short of a degree, Vittori volunteered to build apartments in Havana, Cuba, where she also attended presentations by community and government organizations. With a strong desire to put her knowledge to the test, Vittori moved to Austin, where she discovered alternative energy and building systems as a means to democratizing global resources. A year later, she became Austin's first energy research specialist. She hasn't stopped since then. 

In addition to co-running one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in the sustainable building field, she has also co-written a book that offers guidance in integrating energy-efficient technology in health care systems, served as chairwoman of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is currently the chair of Green Business Certification.  Her work with the city of Austin, Texas, to develop the first-ever municipal green building program has inspired similar programs across the country and around the world. 

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