Breaking Ground Contracting Wins Two U.S. Green Building Council North Florida Awards

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Breaking Ground Contracting, a leader in sustainable construction, recently received two awards from U.S. Green Building Council North Florida (USGBC-NF) for Corporate Responsibility and Community Leadership. The annual Innovation Awards celebrate sustainability in action in North Florida and recognize those committed to building a sustainable community through their work in the built environment.

Breaking Ground Contracting President Mary Tappouni was recognized in the Community Leadership category for her work promoting sustainability in Northeast Florida through speaking engagements and programs.

What an honor to be recognized by the USGBC-NF for our work in sustainability and our commitment to high-performance building using environmentally conscious practices.

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Breaking Ground Contracting, a leader in sustainable construction, recently received two awards from U.S. Green Building Council North Florida (USGBC-NF) for Corporate Responsibility and Community Leadership. The annual Innovation Awards celebrate sustainability in action in North Florida and recognize those committed to building a sustainable community through their work in the built environment.

“What an honor to be recognized by the USGBC-NF for our work in sustainability and our commitment to high-performance building using environmentally conscious practices,” said Breaking Ground Contracting President Mary Tappouni, who was also recently recognized by Gov. Charlie Crist with a 2009 Sustainable Florida Leadership Best Practice award. “Everything we do at Breaking Ground Contracting focuses on sustainable building, from recycling programs at our office and on jobsites to our current mission of renovating our office to the standards of LEED® Platinum.”

Tappouni was recognized by USGBC-NF in the Community Leadership category for her involvement in promoting sustainability through her company’s projects, speaking engagements and programs such as LEED®, the Faces of Green Campaign, Urban Land Institute, Associated Builders and Contractors Green Liaison and her work with numerous nonprofit agencies. Tappouni was also recognized for her newly published children’s book, Me and Green, an
educational book that teaches children the benefits of green living at home, school and in the community and emphasizes the importance of our connections to the Earth. The book, which just received an Indie Excellence® Award in the Environment/Green category, was published by the company’s educational division, Breaking Ground Education Services, and is the first in a series of books to be published by the company.

Breaking Ground Contracting was also recognized by USGBC-NF in the Corporate Responsibility category for its green initatives at the workplace, on jobsites and through its educational services. Breaking Ground Contracting has a sustainable business model that includes corporate green initiatives such as purchasing TerraPass certificates for vehicles and travel to offset carbon emissions, reducing paper usage at the office with a goal of being paperless by Winter 2010, numerous recycling programs and a robust construction waste management plan requiring a minimum goal of 80 percent waste diversion on every job site. The company is currently renovating its office with a goal of LEED® Platinum certification. The renovation, which will be complete in late summer, will include a vegetated roof and more than $50,000 in solar panels.

“It is our hope that one day soon, all companies throughout Northeast Florida will recognize the positive impacts of green living and sustainable building and incorporate them into their workplace environments,” Tappouni said. “Our team takes our corporate sustainability role very seriously and we use every opportunity available to teach others about making a difference in this community.”    

More information about Breaking Ground Contracting can be found online at http://www.breakinggroundcontracting.com or by calling (904) 388-1350.

About U.S. Green Building Council North Florida
The U.S. Green Building Council North Florida (USGBC-NF) is a nonprofit organization committed to making green buildings available to everyone within a generation. The
organization is comprised of leaders working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. More information is available at http://www.usgbcnf.org.

About Breaking Ground Contracting
Breaking Ground Contracting is a State-of-Florida, certified woman-owned business specializing in general contracting and construction management with an emphasis on sustainable, green building practices. The award-winning firm provides construction services to both public and private clients with demonstrated experience in professional and medical offices, health and fitness facilities, institutional and government projects, historic preservation, custom green homes, and numerous additional specialty construction projects. The company’s portfolio includes new construction, renovations, tenant build outs, and additions with services in general and sustainable LEED® construction, pre-construction, design/build and construction management.

To share its commitment to sustainable building and living practices, Breaking Ground Contracting has an educational division – Breaking Ground Education Services. This division is responsible for educating the public about green, sustainable and LEED® building practices as well as workplace safety.

Breaking Ground Contracting is led by President Mary Tappouni, who has won numerous awards for her leadership and vision, including the Florida State Small Business
Person of the Year award by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 2009 Sustainable Florida Leadership Best Practice award and the 2009 Stevie Award for Best Entrepreneur.

For more information about Breaking Ground Contracting, visit its website at http://www.breakinggroundcontracting.com or contact Catherine Burkee at (904) 388-1350.

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