2017 Groundbreaker Awards

1900 Market Street, Atrium, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm


Thank you for joining us to celebrate green building innovation in the region, and congratulations once again to our winners and finalists. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 Groundbreaker Awards!  

2017 Groundbreaker Awards


View 2017 Groundbreaker Awards Program

Join industry leaders and advocates on Tuesday, September 19th to celebrate green building innovation in the region!

DVGBC is excited to host the 2017 Groundbreaker Awards in the Atrium at 1900 Market Street. With a soaring 8-story sunlit atrium and $25M in improvements—including the addition of a koi pond, waterfall and two fireplaces—1900 Market Street is an inspiring work environment. The commercial office property utilizes green practices in lighting, waste management, and promoting transportation alternatives, achieving LEED Certification in 2016 and receiving Energy Star Certification since 2012. 

Honorary Chair: Chris Happ, CEO, Goby

Groundbreakers attendees will be entered to win one free ticket to this year's Greenbuild Conference, happening in Boston November 8th - 10th! 

Tickets and Sponsorship

Event Cost:

  • DVGBC Members: $125 (Log in to our website to receive member discount.) 
  • Non-Members: $200 (Want to become a member? Join now!)  

Event Registration is Closed.


Thank You To Our Sponsors



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                          Allied Universal Brownstein Group
                          Central Metals Domus, Inc.
                          Goby Hersha Hospitality Trust
                          Knoll MaGrann Associates
                          Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox  Mara Restoration
                          M. Schnoll & Sons, Inc. O'Donnell & Naccarato
                          Philip Rosenau Schneider Electric
                          Skanska Structure Tone
                          The Graham Comany Tutor Perini
                          University of Pennsylvania  


Sponsorship deadline has passed.

View 2017 Sponsorship Package.

Individual and Organization Awardees 

DVGBC is honoring one individual and one organization for their demonstrated commitment to sustainability in the built environment. The past three years have included recognition of both for-profit and non-profit organizations; this is the first year that an individual is being recognized. View Awardees.  

Project Finalists  

DVGBC is proud to announce the six project finalists for the 2017 Groundbreaker Awards! Project finalists were selected by this year's jury for their innovation, leadership, and commitment to sustainability in the built environment. Winners will be announced the night of the event. View Project Finalists

Specialty Cocktail: Rosemary Nectarine Whiskey Sour
Beer: Provided by Yards Brewing Company
Red & White Wines: Selection Provided by Moore Brothers Wine Company
Domestic, Local Sourced, Imported & Nut-based Cheese Selection
And a variety of Passed Hors D'oeuvres
Main Course - Farm Fresh Sliders*
Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Aioli & Bibb Lettuce
Kobe Burger Sliders with Cheddar, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Sliced Tomatoes
Avocado Veggie Slider with Cilantro Citrus Veggie Slaw
Sweet Potato Waffle Fries dusted with Sage & Smoked Sea Salt
Yukon Potato Wedges Drizzled with Rosemary Truffle Oil
Trio of Dipping Sauces: Honey Grain Mustard, Basil Pesto, Bluee Truffle Ketchup
Red Veggie Slaw with Beets, Cabbage, Radicchio, Parsnips, Apples, Cranberries & Agave Caraway Vinagrette
Minature Vegan Panna Cotta Selection:
Tarragon with Macerated Strawberries
Butternut Squash with Salted Whiskey
Caramel Creme Fraiche with Bluberry Compote
Ginger Peach Cardamom

*Gluten-free and vegan options have been considered with the above menu

Attire: Business casual, business or cocktail.

What to expect: The event is an evening networking and cocktail event, not a formal sit-down dinner.  Limited seating will be available. An open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert will be available.

Directions & Parking:  1900 Market Street is located in downtown Philadelphia and is easily accessible by car or public transit.  If traveling by car, there are a variety of parking garages nearby, including one at 1919 Market Street, with the entrance on 20th Street between Market and JFK Blvd.  The 1919 Market Street parking garage is $12 after 5:30 PM. 

Please enter the Atrium at 1900 Market Street from the entrance at the corner of 19th and Market Streets.

And many thanks to our Promotional Partners: City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Green Philly, GRID Magazine, Sustainable Business Network, BIA Philadelphia and BOMA Philadelphia.

Learn about last year's Groundbreaker Awards