Awards & Recognition

  • Marcelo Velez Honored by the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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    The New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Marcelo Velez, vice president of Manhattanville Development, with the Groundbreaker Award at its 13th annual Hispanic Business Award Banquet and Scholarship Ceremony held this evening at Maestro’s Caterers in the Bronx.  The event honors individuals who advocate for economic development, higher education, and promote initiatives that empower the Latino community in New York City.  Read more

  • La-Verna Fountain Recognized with Harlem Business Alliance "Woman of Action" Award
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    In recognition of a career spent taking action in large and small ways to make the world a better place, La-Verna Fountain was honored by the Harlem Business Alliance with its "Woman of Action" Award at the organization's 36th annual awards celebration on May 3, 2017.  Fountain is Vice President for Strategic Communications and Construction Business Initiatives at Columbia University Facilities and Operations.  Under her direction, Fountain has led the University's initiatives to expand opportunities for minority, women and local (MWL) businesses and construction workers to do business with Columbia. Read more

  • Tanya Pope Wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Advancing Diversity

    Tanya Pope (right), assistant vice president for University Supplier Diversity & Business Integration at Facilities and Operations, was recognized with a 2017 corporate social responsibility award from City & State magazine. The award honors Pope for her leadership in advancing diversity opportunities for university suppliers and demonstrating corporate responsibility in the workplace. Read more.

  • Columbia University Facilities and Operations Wins Energy Industry Award for Corporate Energy Management

    Columbia University's district energy system and related energy initiatives received the Corporate Energy Management award from the New York Association of Energy Engineers (NY-AEE) during the organization's annual awards gala at Club 101 on June 21. The award was presented the award to Columbia in connection with several ongoing energy initiatives at the university, including Columbia's role as the single largest entity participating in the City of New York's Clean Heat program; a central chilled water plant renewal and optimization; the environmental sustainability of the building materials employed and the creative use of natural light at the new buildings in Manhattanville; as well as a number of other energy-saving measures throughout campus.

  • Columbia Wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Sustainability
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    July 28, 2016 - Columbia University Facilities and Operations received a City & State 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Sustainability for its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and advance sustainable initiatives on campus. Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship Jessica Prata accepted the award on behalf of Columbia at City & State's Corporate Social Responsibility breakfast reception on July 28, 2016 at New York University. New York City's Chief Resilience Officer Daniel Zarrilli delivered keynote remarks at the event, which also featured a panel discussion on current trends in sustainability.

    "I am proud to accept this award on behalf of our partners across campus who collaborate to lead the way to a more sustainable environment in our local communities and across the globe," said Prata.

    The Office of Environmental Stewardship has collaborated with partners across campus to help create a "living lab," where students, faculty and staff work together to brainstorm ideas, test concepts and implement new programs to enhance sustainability on campus. The office has also kicked-off a University-wide sustainability planning process, which includes the adoption of high-level campus sustainability principles, the formation of focus teams to advance us in key areas of campus operations and energy, and the creation of a Senior Sustainability Advisory Committee. The process will culminate with the release of Columbia's first Sustainability Plan in 2017, which will serve as the University's roadmap for a cleaner and healthier future.

  • Columbia Recognized by New York State for Leadership in Clean Energy
    NYSERDA has recognized Columbia University as a REV Campus Challenge First-Mover at the Leader-level. First-Movers are outstanding institutions who have shown leadership among their peers and demonstrated their commitment to clean energy by joining the REV Campus Challenge in its first six months. These First Movers represent public and private institutions of all sizes in urban and rural areas across New York State. They have set themselves apart by leveraging clean energy as a way to advance their financial, environmental, academic, and community goals. Read more.
  • Columbia Wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Promoting Small Local Businesses
    Columbia University Facilities and Operations received a City & State 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Small Business & Community-Based Enterprise in New York's real estate, construction & housing sector. Read more.
  • Joe Ienuso Honored by SHARE Cancer Support Organization
    Columbia University Facilities and Operations Executive Vice President Joe Ienuso was the Share Circle of Support Honoree at the Design/Construction/Real Estate 2015 Pink & Teal Reception on June 25, 2015 to benefit SHARE Cancer Support, the leading ovarian and breast cancer organization. Congratulations to Joe, the other honorees, and especially to SHARE for their important work in creating and sustaining a supportive network and community of women affected by breast and ovarian cancers.
  • Ruggles Basement Lounge Recognized with Outstanding Design Award from American School and University Magazine
    The renovation of the Ruggles basement lounge was recognized by American School and University magazine with an Oustanding Design award in the Residences Halls/Lounges category.  The renovated lounge features a fitness room and updated common areas.  Aarris Atepa Architects designed the renovated space for Columbia.
  • Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center Recognized in 2015 ACEC New York Silver Award

    Columbia University's Jerome L. Greene Science Center was recognized with an American Council of Engineering Companies New York (ACEC NY) Silver Award in the category of Structural Systems as part of the organization's 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

    The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Davis Brody Bond as executive architect, is a nine-story, 450,000 square-foot building that will be home to Columbia's Mortimer
B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. In addition to state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, the ground floor of the Greene Science Center will house retail space and the Center for Education and Outreach, offering a variety of programs on the brain, mental health, and neuroscience for K-12 students, teachers and the community.

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