Alex Wilson Receives the 2010 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing

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The Hanley Foundation and EcoHome magazine to present annual Hanley Award and its $50,000 grant to visionary environmental building editor, educator, and advocate.

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Alex Wilson’s selection for this year’s Hanley Award is a tremendous acknowledgement for his decades of visionary leadership in environmental building.

Green building pioneer Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vt., was named this year’s recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. Wilson was selected from among 12 distinguished nominees by a panel of judges that included Michael J. Hanley, President of The Hanley Foundation; Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood; Joyce Mason, VP of Marketing for Pardee Homes; Nate Kredich, VP of Residential Market Development for the U.S. Green Building Council; and last year’s Hanley Award recipient Edward Mazria of Architecture 2030. Wilson will receive the award and its $50,000 grant at the USGBC Hanley Award Dinner ceremony November 17 during the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago.

Alex Wilson is probably best known for launching the monthly newsletter Environmental Building News (EBN) in 1992, which became one of the earliest credible sources of information available about green building products and technology. BuildingGreen is also the publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and online technical resources at His influence can be felt across the industry, from product manufacturing to building technology to green building rating systems and educational programs. Over the years he also has served on the boards of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and the Conservation and Research Foundation, and has won national awards for journalism, environmental leadership, and educational outreach.

“Alex Wilson’s selection for this year’s Hanley Award is a tremendous acknowledgement for his decades of visionary leadership in environmental building,” said Michael J. Hanley, creator of the award. “For more than 30 years, Alex has quietly and methodically gone about the business of changing the way we build, and in the process has become one of the most influential and trusted voices in the industry.”

Wilson was selected from this year’s slate of nominees that also included architect David Baker, FAIA; Dennis Creech of Southface Energy Institute; USGBC founder David Gottfried, Robert Hammon of Consol; building scientist Mark LaLiberte; New Orleans’ Make It Right Foundation; architect and Cradle-To-Cradle creator William McDonough, FAIA; builder Chris Miles; architect Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA; industry pioneer Steven Winter, FAIA; and public housing executive Sunia Zaterman.

The Hanley Award is sponsored by The Hanley Foundation, EcoHome magazine, and Hanley Wood. To learn more about the award program and the people involved, click here. To learn more about the 2010 Residential Summit at Greenbuild and to register for the event, go to

About The Hanley Foundation
The Hanley Foundation supports people and programs working to improve education, health care, the environment, and housing, as well as a variety of humanitarian issues. The Foundation was created in 1999 in Washington, D.C., by Michael J. Hanley, co-founder and retired Chairman of Hanley Wood, LLC.

About EcoHome
EcoHome is the green building professional’s first choice for information on innovative green products and sustainable building techniques. Its award-winning editorial content dispels the confusion residential construction pros experience in selecting green products and navigating complex standards, while applying the latest sustainable building practices. Visit for more information.

About The U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 160,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

About Hanley Wood, LLC
Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich market data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America’s leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, ARCHITECT, residential architect and EcoHome. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry’s foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER, REMODELING and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is one of the 10 largest B-to-B media companies in the United States. Hanley Wood is owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, which uses CCMP Capital Advisors to manage this investment. Visit for more information.

About The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the three time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2010 show will be held on Nov. 17-19, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois. Visit for more information. To view last year’s Greenbuild show, go to

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