2016 Rising Star Award winner announced
The UK Green Building Council and PRP last night awarded Lisa Pasquale of consultancy Six Cylinder as the 2016 Rising Star Award winner.
Created in memory of Mel Starrs and now in its fourth year, the award recognises a member of the built environment community who has driven change and innovation in sustainability.
Lisa was praised for acting as a real catalyst for change in a technically complex area of retrofit, as well as demonstrating through her youth work that she is someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference.
Julie Hirogoyen, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Green Building Council, said:
“The calibre of the nominees paints a bright future for sustainability, driven by passionate individuals who have the communications and business skills needed to tackle issues that it's all too easy to write off as 'too difficult'. The UK-GBC is committed to championing future leaders, and helping them challenge us all to never be complacent when it comes to a sustainable future."
Andrew Mellor, Partner at PRP, added:
“This year saw the largest number of nominations, and most diverse in terms of discipline, all of exceptionally high calibre. The shortlist was incredibly strong, but Lisa Pasquale's work really stood out and she is a worthy winner. It is fantastic to see the good work all of these individuals are doing to drive change in sustainability in the construction industry."
Runner up, Christina Houlgrave, of Skanska's environmental team, was highly commended for recognising the need to be able to talk to stakeholders in financial terms. Her creation of a model which monetises Skanska's value to society, has led to the creation of a board level Accounting for Sustainability award.
Other finalists included Ben Farnell, Baker & McKenzie; Mark Siddall, LEAP; Morgan Taylor, Greengage and Carol Wakelin, Queensgate Shopping Centre.
View the six finalists submission videos here