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Announcing USGBC Carolinas' 2022 Individual Community Leader Award Recipients

USGBC Carolinas is pleased to announce the winners of our 2022 Individual Community Impact Awards. These honorees are selected by the USGBC Carolinas Market Leadership Advisory Board to recognize community members who have gone above and beyond in their support of USGBC and advancing green building in North and South Carolina.

The recipients below will be honored at our annual Green Gala Awards Event, which will take place on Thursday, October 20th at The Terrace at Cedar Hill in Charlotte. This event will also include the announcement of the top winners among our outstanding finalists who have won Community Leadership Project Awards. You can learn more about the event and register here.

Peter Fleming, Sr. Commissioning Agent, Affiliated Engineers, Inc

In recognition of longtime impact in the Carolinas green building community

Peter is a senior commissioning agent and serves on the national commissioning team at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. He has over 20 years of commissioning experience, including 12 years with the commissioning practice at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. Peter possesses strong management and technical skills, and has been involved in the commissioning of a wide range of project types including the maintenance, repair, and installation of complex mechanical systems.

Peter's relentless pursuit of perfection has enabled multiple University clients to realize the energy and utility savings of a LEED certified project. Through rigorous testing of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, Peter will find the issues and make each system work to its fullest potential.

Peter was the senior commissioning agent on the following local LEED projects:

East Carolina Health Science Campus Student Union - LEED Gold

Wake Technical Community College Building M - LEED Certified

Wake Technical Community College Skilled Trades - LEED Certified

Jeff Austin, Founder RExplore LLC

In recognition of long time impact in the Carolinas green building community

Jeff has been the heart and soul of Charlotte sustainability efforts for the past 20 years. Trained as an architect, he has a deep understanding of how people and systems are connected and how they work together to become stronger and more sustainable. This unique ability to appreciate and see connections has been an essential feature of his career and has been integral to his success.

While leading real estate sustainability for Wachovia/Wells Fargo, he created the company’s first greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal and first LEED strategy and certification program. He also collaborated with key executives to develop the company's 100% Renewable Energy strategy and served as the Sustainability Executive for a 1.4 million square foot LEED Platinum office tower in Uptown Charlotte.

In 2007, in the early days of sustainability initiatives in Charlotte, he was one of two corporate sustainability visionaries behind what would eventually become the non-profit organization Envision Charlotte. He also was one of three sustainability executives that created the Sustainability Lunch Bunch, a networking group of sustainability professionals which started with less than ten members in 2008 and has since grown to more than 120 members. Jeff most certainly deserves this recognition, as his importance to the sustainability community here in the Charlotte region cannot be overstated!


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