The National Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award 

The National Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award (formerly the Standard Bearers Award*) recognizes outstanding contributions to the growth and enhancement of codes or public policy espousing the principles of the Code Council Sustainability Membership Council. The awards honor states, cities, towns and individuals who go above and beyond to raise compliance with building energy codes—and by doing so, help unlock billions in savings and improve the efficiency of America’s new and existing buildings and homes using cost-effective, practical, and innovative strategies.

Previous Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

Award Winners

2019

John Umphress, Senior Green Building and Sustainability Consultant for the Austin Energy Green Building Program

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

2018

Ron Flax, chief building official for Boulder County, Colorado.

2017

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and

Osama Younan, Executive Officer, Los Angeles Department of Building Safety.

2016 Standard Bearers Award Winners

State Jurisdiction Winner

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Energy Division

Local Jurisdiction Winner

City of Chula Vista, Calif.

Energy Code Leader

Darren Meyers of Tinley Park, Ill.

2015 Standard Bearers Award Winners

State Jurisdiction Winner

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,

Illinois Energy & Recycling Office

 Local Jurisdiction Winner

Washington, D.C.

 Energy Code Leader

Steven E. Rinehart, Harker Heights, Texas

2014 Standard Bearers Award Winners

State Jurisdiction Winner

Mississippi Development Authority, Energy and Natural Resources Division

  Local Jurisdiction Winner

Astoria, Oregon

  Energy Code Leader

Shaunna Mozingo, Parker, Colorado

2014 Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award Winners

Brenda Thompson, Clark County, NV

2013 Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award Winners

Don Plass, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

*2014 was the first year that the Code Council was involved with the Standard Bearers Award. From 2015 – 2017 the award was jointly presented by ICC/SMC and IMT. This award is no longer an active Institute for Market Transformation recognition program. The award is now solely managed by the Code Council and has been renamed the National Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award.

The 2020 Code Council Award nominations period has ended.