The Leadership Initiative Award/The Green Champion Award/The Colorado Green Building of the Year!

Each year the Colorado Green Building Guild presents these prestigious awards for contributions in the advancement of the green building industry.

  • The Leadership Initiative Award is given to a member of the Colorado Green Building Guild who has shown exceptional and noteworthy commitment to advancing the craft of green building and has led or encouraged others to do the same. Free to enter.

  • The Green Champion Award is given to a non-member who has made a difference to advance the craft of green building in the local and broader community. Free to enter.

  • The Colorado Green Building of the Year is given to the most innovative, well-designed and beautifully constructed sustainable building created here in Colorado, judged by our esteemed panel of industry experts. $30 to enter.

Cast your votes for the Leadership Initiative and Green Champion Awards via email to us here at and include the reason why they are deserving recipients and a photo if possible, and submit your application for the Green Building of the Year (see details and instructions below) via email with the necessary attachments and your payment.


  • Eligibility: The nominated building needs to be located in Colorado or be designed or built by a Colorado firm. It must have been completed in the last 3 years.  It may be residential or commercial and of any size. 

  • Submittal requirements: Please email nominations to  

·         Send submittals as two .pdf files (see below) in a single email no larger than 10MB. Use a landscape orientation as projects will be reviewed by the jury on-screen.  

·         In the first .pdf file include:

o   The name and contact info of the nominator.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

o   The name, location and contact info of the nominated project and the primary parties involved with its creation (owner, architect, builder and key members of the consultant team).

o   Title the file “Project name – team info  – Green Building of the Year”

·         In a second file: Describe in 300 words or less why this building deserves to be considered for this award.  Do not put the name of the design or building team anywhere in the project narrative as this will disqualify the project.

o   List any 3rd party certifications or awards that the building has received. 

o   Include between 4-10 images/attachments of your choice with your application; images sent must include full publication use rights as the photos may be used on the CGBG website or other media outlets including magazines.

o   Title the file “Project name – Green Building of the Year”

 ·         Selection criteria: The jury will select the winning project based on a balance of the following criteria:               

o   Architectural quality & design excellence

o   Appropriateness of the solution to the client’s program/needs.

o   Appropriateness of the solution’s response to the site, climate & environment.

o   Demonstration of mastery in green building and sustainable design.

o   Innovation of green building.

o   Completeness of the submitted information.

o   Complexity/difficulty of the project

o   Ability to serve as a model for other projects

o   General note: social justice, public/community benefit (including probono work by the team), and incorporation of sustainability in small or low-budget projects, will all be taken into account. The jury recognizes that larger and more expensive projects have an inherent advantage in such competitions, and the jury wants to create a level playing field in order to encourage and recognize sustainability for all project types..

  • Applicants can enter multiple projects. Each project is $30. Please make out checks to CGBG and mail to: CGBG c/o1245 Pearl Street, Suite 202/Boulder CO 80302. On the memo line please indicate the name of the project as it appears on the application. The winner will be announced at the CGBG Annual Meeting. Questions? Call CGBG Exec. Admin. Kath D’Souza  303.526.8920