Rising Star Award

The UK Green Building Council and PRP launched the Rising Star Award in 2013, in memory of Mel Starrs, a prominent built environment practitioner and Associate Director at PRP, who sadly passed away in 2012. The award is an opportunity to nominate a colleague or peer who has made a real difference to the sustainability agenda and shine a light on their achievements.

Rising Star Award 2017 - nominations open 26 October 2016

Nominations for the Rising Star Award 2017 will open on Wednesday 26 October.  

Nominations will close at 4pm on Friday 16 December. The judges will use your nomination to select a long-list who will be informed on Wednesday 21 December, so please ensure that you provide us with a great example of how your nominee fits the criteria (can be found below).

Nominees who make this year’s long-list will be asked to provide a submission to the judges, with the shortlist being contacted in late January for their additional evidence (which will include a short video).

Award criteria

The Rising Star award recognises an individual’s vision and success in highlighting the importance of sustainability in building and driving lasting change in their organisation or the wider sector. Candidates for nomination should be able to demonstrate one or all of the below:

  • Use of innovative techniques for sharing knowledge, communicating and promoting greener approaches
  • Engage colleagues and peers on sustainability issues to stimulate discussion and debate
  • Have played a key role in either changing their organisation’s working methods, challenging policy, promoting or improving sustainability performance
  • Undertake activities outside of their job role to promote or communicate sustainability issues.

Read long-standing judge, Su Butcher's blog post.

Previous Winners

Rising Star Award 2016

The winner was Lisa Pasquale, Six Cylinder who produced a practical methodology for derisking large-scale retrofit, which is used as the risk management toolkit for the GLA’s RE:NEW programme. The runner-up was relative newcomer to the industry, Christina Houlgrave, Skanska. You can read more here.

After a nomination process that saw over 60 entries from colleagues and peers, this year's judges undertook rigorous shortlisting of the great candidates from across the built environment industry. Congratulations to our six shortlisted finalists:

  • Ben Farnell, Baker & McKenzie
  • Christina Houlgrave, Skanska
  • Lisa Pasquale, Six Cylinder
  • Mark Siddall, LEAP (Low Energy Architectural Practice)
  • Morgan Taylor, Greengage
  • Carol Wakelin, Queensgate Shopping Centre

Read more here

Rising Star Award 2015

After our most successful awards yet, where we received three times as many nominations as in previous years, the judges picked their winner.

Congratualtions to Olivia Preston, BBC who won the award and also to Ed Dixon, Mace Group who was runner up. You can read about the winners here and more about the shortlisted nominees here.

Rising Star of 2014

The winner of the Rising Star Award 2014 was announced in March 2014. Congratulations to Phil Birch, Sweett Group and also to Steve Cook, Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking Ltd who was highly commended by the judges. You can read about the winners here.

Congratulations to all five finalists, you can see the list here. You can also read about the awards on Mel's blog here and from one of our judges, here.

Rising Star of 2013

Andrew Kinsey, Mace Group, was announced as the winner of the Award in its inaugural year at a reception during Ecobuild 2013. A champion of sustainable timber; Andrew was responsible for the largest project to achieve Full Project FSC Certification with the Athletes Village for London Olympics 2012. He was also successful in influencing the rest of the park to gain certification, resulting in a sustainability legacy of 9 new FSC certified suppliers. Sofie Pelsmakers, Architecture for Change and UCL Energy Institute was highly commended for The Environmental Design Pocketbook.

Congratulations to all finalists and thanks to our judges, you can read about them here.

About Mel

Mel created her Elemental blog in 2006 to share her ideas and thinking about sustainability in the built environment. Over 6 years Mel wrote passionately on a wide range of subjects, from Engineering and Science to Economics and Policy, leaving a legacy of writings and thoughts that have inspired numerous like-minded professionals from the building industry to use social media for communicating ideas on green buildings and sustainability to a wider audience. You can read Mel’s blog here

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