veryone at CBF knows the new Brock
Environmental Center in Virginia Beach is a
pretty special place—one of the greenest
buildings in the world, zero waste, zero
runoff, and wonderful views of marsh,
beach, and water.
But it is especially nice to know that
Virginia’s top elected official thinks so, too.
In March, Governor Terry McAuliffe presented CBF with a 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Award for the
Brock Center, CBF’s cutting-edge, environmentally friendly office in Hampton Roads.
“These awards highlight the excellent work
done by Virginia organizations to protect our
natural resources,” Governor McAuliffe said,
although unable to attend the ceremony.
“Award winners demonstrate leadership with
their innovative methods, and it is a pleasure
to recognize these outstanding efforts.”
The Governor’s Environmental Excellence
Awards, presented March 31 at the annual
Environment Virginia Symposium at the
Virginia Military Institute (VMI), recognize
significant contributions by environmental
and conservation leaders in three categories—sustainability, environmental projects, and land conservation. The awards
are given to businesses and industrial facilities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
“We set out to raise the bar for green build-
ing and sustainability when we envisioned
the Brock Environmental Center,” said CBF
President Will Baker. “We are honored to
accept this prestigious award from
The Brock Environmental Center, which
opened late last year, serves as headquar-
ters for CBF’s Hampton Roads office and its
award-winning environmental education
program. The center also houses the offices
of Lynnhaven River NOW, a local water-
shed partner group, and provides space for
community meetings and collaboration.
With its energy-generating solar panels and
wind turbines, geothermal wells, rain cisterns,
composting toilets, rain gardens, and eleva-
tion 13 feet above sea level, the Brock
Environmental Center is among the most
environmentally smart, energy-efficient build-
ings in the world. CBF will gain LEED
Platinum certification and is conducting a
series of rigorous performance requirements,
for the built environment, over 12 months of
continuous occupancy to meet and become a
certified Living Building Challenge facility.
“The Governor’s Environmental Excellence
Award reaffirms our belief that the Brock
Center can be an international model for
what’s possible in the built environment—
zero impact,” Baker said.
CBF received the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in March. Above, left to right:
Joe Elton and Clyde Christman, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; Russ Baxter,
Office of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources; Ann Jennings and Peggy Sanner, CBF; and
David Paylor, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.