The Association for Retail Environments Sustainability Awards were introduced in 2009 with the intention to encourage excellence in sustainable retail design. The only competition focused on sustainable retail design, the A.R.E. Sustainability Awards has drawn interest even in difficult economic times, demonstrating that sustainability has staying power. Get your sustainable retail projects noticed.   While the highest honors go to projects with comprehensive sustainability programs that exhibit good design, don’t be shy about entering projects that may not achieve high overall scores but incorporate a unique attribute. An extremely innovative element of your project might compel the judges to award a special commendation. The A.R.E Sustainability Awards Program offers honors to projects with comprehensive sustainability programs that exhibit good design and innovative elements.  Winning projects receive press coverage online, in print, and in the digital display area of GlobalShop.

The 2010 competition is seeking entries directed at projects that collectively serve to move the industry of retail design forward in sustainability.  The two categories this year are:

Standalone – Applies to projects in freestanding buildings
Tenant Improvement – Applies to projects in malls, shopping centers, or other sites that involve a landlord

All entries will be rated in three areas:
Innovation in Design – New or unusual design and engineering solutions and resolution of difficult challenges
Integration – Interaction among disparate disciplines and between the project and its community
Benchmarks – Attainment of acknowledged industry standards and identified measurable goals

Judges award the highest honors to projects that have comprehensive sustainability programs; balance environmental goals with design aesthetics and functionality.  Judges may single out specific elements for commendation in addition to overall awards.

Judges for this year include:
Chair: Bob Riley, CEO/president, DSA/Phototech
Nancy Everhart, AIA, CDT, NCARB, LEED AP, studio principal, banks, Little
Bob Johnson, director of design, Harbor Industries
Michael Payne, designer, mikemade design
Paul Schwarz, CEO, ARPA USA Inc.
David Steinbrink, former director, sales and marketing, Acro Displays Inc.
Brad Stewart, director, sales, Hera Lighting LP
Lisa Thompson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, director, environmental development, idX Corporation
Rick Troxel, Product Manager, Roseburg

2009 Award Winners

The winners of the 2009 A.R.E. Sustainability Awards included:
Project of the Year – REI’s Round Rock, Texas
Second Place – Founding Farmers Restaurant, D.C. and The North Face, Boise, Idaho (tied)

For a complete list of award winners for 2009, you can find it at:

How to Apply: Entry information is available in PDF format and can be submitted both online and through the mail.  Tickets to attend the competition as a spectator are also available through the A.R.E. site.

Early bird deadline: December 15, 2009
Final deadline: January 15, 2010


Association for Retail Environments
4651 Sheridan St., Suite 470
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-893-7300
Fax: 954-893-7500

For more detailed information: Visit the A.R.E. Sustainability Awards Web site.

Note: Please do not contact the Green Economy Post regarding this opportunity.  We are not affiliated with the sponsoring organizations, and therefore have no additional information. Sometimes the link is changed for the opportunities.  When this happens, go to the home page of the organizers to locate information on the opportunity or contact the organization directly.

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Author: Ben Kelly (3 Articles)

Ben Kelly has had a long history of practicality growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He comes from a background of sustainability, having been born into a family of farmers. Inspired by his father's engineering work with farming machinery Ben is a supporter of technology that enhances energy-efficiency and lessens our carbon footprint. Ben is a member of the Designer's Accord, a coalition of graphic designers world-wide working together to get the word out on sustainability and green-friendly design. Specializing in communication, Ben is a graphic designer and freelance writer. With several publications in Canada and America and a far-reaching portfolio, his goal is to make sustainability cool.