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NACDA and USG partner to present the USG NACDA Sustainability Award

April 13, 2015


CLEVELAND -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) announced the creation of the "USG NACDA Sustainability Award," honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletic facilities.

The "USG NACDA Sustainability Award" will be presented in the fall of 2015 and will recognize NCAA Division-I institutions. An eight person committee consisting of Athletics Directors across the country and representatives from USG and NACDA will help choose this year's first award winner, including:

Chris Plonsky (Inaugural Chairman), 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, Sr. Director, Energy & Sustainability, USG

"It's important to celebrate the colleges and universities that are helping push the sustainability movement forward, as they update existing facilities and build new structures on their campuses," said Linda McGovern, Vice President of Marketing, USG Corporation. "Intercollegiate athletics is a social unifier that brings together students, faculty and alumni and by prioritizing sustainability in intercollegiate athletics, we are prioritizing sustainability in the identity of these universities."

Intercollegiate athletics departments throughout North America are increasingly adopting various sustainability programs ranging from energy efficiency and renewable energy, to water conservation, recycling and green building practices. According to SportsBusiness Journal, College Athletic Construction is a rapidly growing market that will spend $1.9 billion by 2016. The partnership between NACDA and USG ensures that athletic directors across the country have an enabling partner in USG that will provide leadership in sustainable practices as college and universities renovate existing venues, plan for new construction and continue to produce innovative and sustainable environments that allow athletes to build their dreams.

"NACDA is excited to partner with USG to bring a sustainability platform to the intercollegiate marketplace," said NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione. "The USG NACDA Sustainability Award is a great way to recognize our member institutions that are going the extra mile to make sustainability a priority on their campuses."

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 a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries and its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Headquartered in Chicago, USG Worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing, flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG Boral Building Products is a leading plasterboard & ceilings joint venture across Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East. USG and its subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 50th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 11,000 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 4,000 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 15 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.