Sustainable building innovators receive WorldGBC awards

In recognition of their commitment and innovation towards a sustainable built environment, Elizabeth Wangeci Chege and Stacy Smedly have received World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) awards.

Each year, WorldGBC presents the WorldGBC Chair’s Award and the Chair’s Award on Global Green Building Entrepreneurship. The two awards recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations to the global green building movement.

The Chair’s Award is given to those who have added outstanding value to the development of sustainability in the built environment. This year WorldGBC’s Chair was presented to Elizabeth Wangeci Chege in honor of her service and dedication to the sustainable built environment spanning nearly two decades.


Her accomplishments include co-founding WEB Limited, her position as Chairperson of the Kenya Green Building Council, and for the past 19 years making it her mission to be part of the solution to the climate crisis, living through the motto “What we build today will form the Africa of tomorrow.”

“Elizabeth Wangeci Chege has shown years of tireless commitment to the cause through her technical leadership, sustainable consultancy work and striving for Kenya and Africa as a whole to build resilience to climate change in sustainable development,” said Lisa Bate, Chair of WorldGBC.

The Chair’s Award on Global Green Building Entrepreneurship is given to individuals or entities whose contribution to global sustainable buildings has proven to be unique, innovative and entrepreneurial.

This year the WorldGBC Chair’s Award on Global Green Building Entrepreneurship was awarded to the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) and accepted by the inventor of the tool, Stacy Smedly—Executive Director of Building Transparency, Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA.

“This year’s winners have played truly outstanding roles in championing green buildings around the world,” said Bate. “I congratulate both winners and wish them every success for the future as they continue on our collective journey to deliver green buildings for everyone, everywhere”

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