Colgate-Palmolive, LG, Stevens earn prestigious Green Building leadership award

Three New Jersey locations were among a few dozen sites worldwide to be honored by the U.S. Green Building Council with a 2021 Leadership Award, the group announced during a virtual event Thursday.

Colgate-Palmolive in Burlington, LG North America in Palisades Park and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken were among eight winners in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region.

The USGBC Leadership Awards recognize the exemplary leadership of individuals and organizations contributing to the creation of sustainable, healthier, equitable and resilient buildings, cities and communities. They are given in six regions in the U.S. — and five additional regions around the globe.

USGBC CEO Mahesh Ramanujam said the global pandemic showed just how important sustainability is to the world.

“Each of our awardees remained committed to their sustainability goals during what has been a challenging year for communities around the world,” he said. “This year’s Leadership Award recipients are an inspiration and demonstrate how sustainability, resilience, health & wellness and equity all play an important role in keeping communities safe and healthy.”

Here’s a closer look at the three New Jersey honorees:

  • Colgate-Palmolive, for its Burlington facility becoming the first site in the world to achieve LEED Zero certification in all four LEED Zero categories: carbon, energy, water and waste;
  • LG North America, for its 360,000-square-foot LEED Platinum headquarters in Palisades Park;
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, for the Gateway Academic Center in Hoboken, a LEED Gold, 89,500-square-foot space comprising two buildings and recognized for exceptional sustainability in design.