Coming Together for 2023 Groundbreaker Awards

By Lisa Shulock, Chair

Posted September 13, 2023

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Pictured left to right: Jon Jenson and Laila Reilly, MaGrann Associates, with Francis Vargas and Chris Caggiano, Elon Development.
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Attendees celebrating 2022's Groundbreaker Awards at The Atrium at 1900 Market St., in Philadelphia.
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Up close and personal with T-Rex at Drexel's Academy of Natural Sciences, host of this year's 2023 Groundbreaker Awards.

Green Building United’s Groundbreaker Awards event is an opportunity to show appreciation and recognition of the accomplishments and the professionals championing a sustainable built environment in our region. As a longtime GBU member, there are two events a year I try not to miss - the Sustainability Symposium and Groundbreakers, which is in just one month! Groundbreakers is a chance to  celebrate the incredible efforts of our members and broader community and the projects they brought to life in the past year. It’s also a fundraiser for GBU - we are extremely grateful to the event sponsors and attendees. This is my appeal to encourage you to sponsor and/or buy tickets!  [Early Bird discount ends Friday, September 15th]


Celebrating Local Champions

Our Groundbreaker Awards ceremony is not just about recognizing impressive buildings but also the amazing  people and organizations behind them. These local champions have dedicated their time, expertise, and resources to make our community more sustainable. Let’s give them a round of applause and their moment of fame.


In-Person Connections: The Heart of Our Event

Speaking of applause (which really falls flat in virtual settings), I’m excited we will be at the Academy of Natural Sciences. It’s a great place to spend an evening celebrating with friends - new and old - and if you are feeling like you need a break from them, you can hang out with the dinosaurs.


Why am I attending Groundbreakers?

Besides the fact that it would be a bad look for the Board chair to not attend….. 

I expect to:

  • Feel inspired and hopeful
  • See old friends and colleagues and make new connections
  • Applaud the awardees and celebrate the many and diverse accomplishments of our community
  • Financially support GBU which is leading many important sustainability initiatives in our region 


Details and How to Attend

Date: October 12, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences

Tickets: [Early Bird discount ends Friday, September 15th!]

Let's make this year's award ceremony an event to remember as we come together to celebrate sustainable building design and the power of community.


See you there!


Lisa Shulock

Board Chair

Green Building United

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