Urban Green rolled out the green carpet for the 2nd Annual EBie Awards Wednesday night to an excited buzz of anticipation in the packed house at Times Square's Hard Rock Café Theatre. Award presenters from the real estate industry competed for glamor with Rock of Ages cast members, but the real winners were the finalists.
The highlight of the night was easily the acceptance speech by “The All-Rounder” Winner Ken Fais, Vornado Realty Trust’s Chief Engineer at 1740 Broadway in NYC. The audience was moved by the obvious emotion in Ken’s voice as he thanked his team for their incredible accomplishments in improved energy performance and reduced water use, including an ENERGY STAR rating above 90! It’s safe to say this was the first time he’d received a national award for his work on a stage in front of a cheering crowd of hundreds. Watching Ken, the whole purpose of the EBie Awards was brought into clear focus. When operations teams work hard to make significant environmental improvements in existing buildings, their work usually goes unheralded. Through the EBies, these heroes are getting their long-overdue recognition at last.
Between bites of food and gulps of this year’s EBies signature cocktail, a bright green mojito, we overheard potential entrants for the 3rd Annual EBies already hatching their plans. Congratulations to all the EBie winners and finalists who were honored last night and let the competition begin for 2014!