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ASID Announces Earth-Minded Awards Winners

Program Honors Contributions to Sustainable Interior Design


ASID announces winners of the Earth Minded Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Society of Interior Designers, in partnership with Hospitality Design (HD) magazine, announces the winners of the 2011 Earth-Minded Awards (EMAs). The EMAs honor interior designers, architects, manufacturers and students that have demonstrated a contribution to advancing sustainable design in the hospitality industry in three categories: Project, Product and Students.

Entries were judged on a variety of factors including materials selection, resource efficiency, recycling and waste management, design innovation, housekeeping practices and overall guest experience. Additionally, product entries were rated on social stewardship and third-party verification.

Judge Cliff Tuttle, ASID, LEED AP, senior vice president of ForrestPerkins, said the winning project “was not only a beautiful design, but also a model of social stewardship.” Tuttle was also impressed with the product winner and runner-up, adding that they were “the complete package—aesthetics, durability, social responsibility and material innovation.”

The 2011 winners are:

Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Gary Goodman, Goodman Realty Group, and Studio Southwest Architects

Hotel Andaluz is one of the first green renovations of a historic hotel in the United States. The project combines upscale boutique hospitality, historic preservation, and the latest green technology including an integrated Building Energy Management System.

LIVING FRESH® bedding collection

Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.

LIVING FRESH® is made of a proprietary blend of Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell eucalyptus and cotton or polyester. Fiber from eucalyptus uses 100 times less water than traditional cotton when manufactured and reduces drying time by 75 percent. Tencel+Plus™ Lyocell is the only certified textile from eucalyptus engineered for hospitality.

Honorable Mention: PolyHide Lightning

Maya Romanoff

PolyHide Lightning is an eco-friendly alternative to vinyl and leather. It is made of low VOC, non-toxic polyurethane that is compliant with industry standards for indoor air quality.

Sun Paysage Resort

Molly Berman, Virginia Tech

The theoretical student project is set on the island of Mauritius, off the southeast coast of Africa. Sun Paysage Resort is designed with sustainable features and programs that educate guests and encourage them to participate in the green experience offered by the resort.

The 2011 EMAs were adjudicated by Jill Salisbury, Industry Partner representative, founder of el FURNITURE: A Susan Fredman Design Group Co. in Chicago; Carolyn Tierney, ASID, principal of ECOterior Solutions in New York City; and Cliff Tuttle, ASID, LEED AP, senior vice president of ForrestPerkins in San Francisco.

Winners will be honored at the Green Day luncheon on May 17, held in conjunction with the 2011 Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) in Las Vegas.