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NACDA and USG Launch 2017 Sustainability Award Nomination Process

Feb. 27, 2017

CLEVELAND — The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) are now accepting nominations for the third annual Sustainability Award. The USG NACDA Sustainability Award honors athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities.

The Sustainability Award is open to NACDA member institutions across all divisions. USG is committed to making an investment into the NACDA membership, and announced that the amount of product that is awarded to the three finalists will be increased from previous years. The winning school will receive $40,000 in USG product, and second and third place will win $10,000 each in USG product, for use toward any athletics or academic facility at the selected institution.

“The USG NACDA Sustainability Award recognizes institutions and their athletics departments for their efforts to make facilities and buildings not only more conducive to their student-athletes, but also to do the right thing for the environment and community in which they participate,” said Jeffrey B. White, Vice President of Marketing, USG Corporation. “USG and NACDA have partnered to facilitate conversations with athletics directors who are committed to more sustainable building practices.”

The deadline for NACDA members to submit nominations for the 2017 Sustainability Award is Monday, May 1. To be considered, the renovation or new construction of an athletics facility should have taken place anytime after January 1, 2015, and be in full operation by May 1, 2017. Applications will be judged based on the following criteria: (Click here to download the nomination form)

  • Demonstrated innovation and initiative in implementing sustainable building practices
  • Best practices in energy efficiency and control, resource application and management, water efficiency, the use of sustainable materials in design and construction, facility flexibility and use of existing environment
    • Possible program examples include: energy efficiency, water usage minimization, greenhouse gas emission abatement, pollution prevention (noise, water, air, soil and light), waste avoidance (recycling), biodiversity, reduced natural resource consumption, indoor environmental quality (productive and healthy environments), building management systems (control systems for HVAC)



"NACDA is proud of our continuing relationship with USG in providing the Sustainability Award," said NACDA Executive Director, Bob Vecchione. "The growth of the program, not only in submissions but also in number of awards, speaks volumes on how important sustainability is on campuses around the country and in our everyday lives. I'd like to thank USG for its level of commitment to the NACDA membership by agreeing to expand the program each year in order for deserving institutions to be recognized for this very important award.”

The three finalists will be announced on Monday, June 12, at the NACDA & Affiliates Convention in Orlando, Florida, with the winner announced at a later date following the conclusion of the Convention.

A seven-person committee consisting of athletics directors from across the country and representatives from USG and NACDA will help choose the award winner, including:

Chris Plonsky, Director of Women's Athletics, Executive Sr. Assoc. M&W's AD - External Services, University of Texas
Bubba Cunningham, Director of Athletics, University of North Carolina
Rick Hart, Director of Athletics, Southern Methodist University
Keith Gill, Director of Athletics, University of Richmond
Lee Reed, Director of Athletics, Georgetown University
Bob Vecchione, Executive Director, NACDA
Albert R. Zucco, Vice President, Sustainable Supply Chain, USG

USG defines sustainability as balancing economic, environmental and social factors to guide business decisions creating long term value for an institution, its stakeholders and society. The company's concern and commitment to sustainability has led to the production of three Corporate Sustainability Reports and the development of some of the construction industry's most forward-thinking, environmentally friendly building products, including USG Sheetrock® Brand Ultralight® Gypsum Panels, which contain recycled materials, use minimal packaging and perform throughout a building's lifespan with minimal routine maintenance required.

About USG Corporation: USG Corporation is an industry leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors, LLCsubsidiaries and its international subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia,Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 52nd year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 15,700 college athletics administrators at more than 1,700 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 6,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 17 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.