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The USGBC- Long Island Chapter Awards 2015 Scholarship Winners

June 1, 2015

U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter
2015 Scholarship Awards
Hauppauge, NY June 1, 2015

The United States Green Building Council ‐ Long Island Chapter (USGBC‐LI) gathered at 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 31st to present the recipients of the USGBC‐LI 2015 Scholarship their awards at a Luncheon, in their honor. The event was held at The Viana Hotel and Spa (a LEED Certified Building), located at 3998 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590.

Four scholarships totaling $5,000 were awarded to High School graduates that are from Long Island. Students were asked to provide their High School transcripts, a letter of recommendation and two required essays. The First Essay was a direct connection to the individual students and read “How would you use LEED and/or sustainable design practices for a Green Building Project in your school to guarantee a successfully implemented project that provides the intended sustainability objectives? The Second Essay targeted focus on a natural resource and read “The cost of delivering potable water, while relatively inexpensive on Long Island, has seen a 25% increase in the past year…. Define the two ways that water is consumed in your school and what you think can be done to mitigate this increasing expense.”

And the winners were...
Platinum Scholarship ‐ $2,000
Mary Bertschi, Southold HS
Gold Scholarship ‐ $1,500
Kyle Majid, Harborfields HS
Silver Scholarship ‐ $1,000
Sarika Krish, Elwood‐John H. Glenn HS
Certified Scholarship ‐ $ 500
Cassandra Vnook, Locust Valley HS

This was an event to attend, as USGBC‐LI honored the young minds that lead us into the sustainable future. We offer our sincerest congratulations to the winners and their families and thank everyone who applied for this honor. It is clear, Long Island’s sustainable future is good hands. USGBC‐LI commended each and every applicant, who all deserve accolades, for their academic prowess, inspiration, generosity, and benevolence. USGBC‐LI notes, “Education is the basis of all things known, and thus leading to all things possible. It is education that provides an understanding of LEED and its many benefits to the world, as it exists today and in the future. Education is at the forefront of USGBC‐LI’s vision. USGBC‐LI is very proud to recognize these Long Island high school students who are not only exceptional students of academia, but students with a passion for sustainability and desire to make this world a better world, than which they received. These students are the essence of the USGBC‐LI’s mission.”

We thank our Chapter Sponsors and Gala Sponsors that make this all happen, notably Gordon L. Seaman Inc., National Grid and Eastern Suffolk BOCES.


U.S. Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter
69 Chichester Road
Huntington, NY 11743