Carlie Bullock-Jones '99 and Rural Studio win 2015 Spirit of Sustainability Awards
The College of Architecture, Design and Construction is once again well-represented at the third annual Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Awards. Alumna Carlie Bullock-Jones and Rural Studio were both recognized at the awards ceremony on April 22. The Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Awards program recognizes individuals or groups of Auburn University students, faculty, staff, and alumni for their motivation and commitment to sustainability; the impact of their work; and the degree to which they engage and involve others in their efforts.
Carlie Bullock-Jones, founder and principal at Ecoworks Studio in Atlanta, a woman-owned company and Atlanta Female Business Enterprise, received the Spirit of Sustainability Award in the Alumni category. Since she graduated from Auburn’s Architecture program in 1999, Bullock-Jones has an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), where she has made significant contributions to the development and application of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building standards. She has contributed to a number of notable green building projects, many of which accomplished a significant “first,” for example the Atlanta Interface Showroom and Officers, a LEED-Commercial Interior project that achieved the first LEED-CI Platinum certification in the world. She was involved in the development of Auburn University’s first LEED certified building, the M. Miller Gorrie Center, the first LEED Gold building in the State of Alabama. She was recognized by the Green Building Certification Institute as a LEED Fellow, the most prestigious designation a LEED professional can achieve; she is one of only 77 in the world. For more, click here.
Rural Studio, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s undergraduate off-campus design-build program, received the Spirit of Sustainability Award in the group initiative category. Over the last 20 years, Rural Studio has become a national model of accomplishment that addresses every aspect of a sustainable world: nature, the economy, societal conditions, and individual wellbeing. Interweaving research, experiential student learning, community engagement, and on the ground impact in underserved communities in west Alabama, Rural Studio is making a real difference academically and in communities. Rural Studio’s unique partnership with communities of Hale County, Alabama is grounded in its core philosophy that all people, regardless of economic status, should benefit from thoughtful and responsible design. Rusty Smith, Associate Professor in APLA and Associated Director of Rural Studio accepted the award at the awards ceremony. For more, click here.