Last week, Global Green let the stars -- Katie Couric, Mel Gibson, David Hyde Pierce, and Ed Norton, just to name a few -- shine bright in NYC at the ninth annual Sustainable Design Awards. At the event, GG honored exceptional folk and their environmental “designs” (design in the “plan” sense) while raising funds to battle climate change, provide greener, more affordable housing, develop green schools, and rebuild New Orleans with Mother Nature in mind.


Among the honorees: Governor of New Mexico and Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson for Policy Design and Jeffrey C. Hines for his commitment to green building. Of particular interest was the recognition of Rosemary Ellis, the editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping since 2006, for her outstanding “Organizational Design.”


Ellis has been crucial in transitioning the content of the Good Housekeeping brand -- one I admit associating with brownie recipes and stain remedies -- into a more sustainable 21st Century with innovative green-living content. Her shining moment in 2008: spearheading GH’s 2008 Green House project in which a dilapidated Harlem brownstone was gutted, greened, and is now on its way to become the first private residence in Manhattan to receive LEED certification.

Kudos to Ellis and the rest of the honorees. 


Image: Global Green USA

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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Good Housekeeping's Rosemary Ellis is honored at Global Green's Sustainable Design Awards.