The AIA Georgia, an association of the American Institute of Architects, presented an Honorable Recognition Award to Martin Melaver for his contribution to sustainable design and construction in Savannah, Atlanta, and throughout the Southeast.
"His focus on service to the community and the implied values of that commitment through the advocacy of innovative, sustaining, inspiring practices will be a longstanding legacy for generations to come," the AIA said.
The Savannah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented Tommy Linstroth of Melaver, Inc. with a Citation of Excellence Award in recognition of his commitment to creating a more sustainable Savannah and encouraging the development of green education opportunities within our community.
Martin Melaver is the author of numerous articles on sustainable building practices, is the co-author of "The Green Building Bottom Line," published in the fall of 2008 by McGraw-Hill, and author of "Restoring Who We Are," to be published in the spring of 2009 by Chelsea Green. He has been a featured/keynote speaker at various conferences and guest lecturer at Harvard, Dartmouth, and other academic institutions. Melaver currently serves as the Board Chair of the Georgia Conservancy, is a board member of Urban Land Institute’s Sustainability Council, the Ossabaw Island Foundation, the Savannah Country Day School, the Chatham Environmental Forum and serves as an advisory board member for various other companies and organizations.
Linstroth is the Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc. and is responsible for spearheading the company’s sustainable real estate developments. He is a regular speaker on sustainable development throughout the country. He is the co-author of "Local Action: A New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy," an upbeat and accessible guide for citizens, communities, and local governments interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Linstroth also works to reduce the environmental impacts of Melaver’s business operations, which has led to the inclusion of the EPA’s Climate Leaders’ Program and Green Power Partnership.
Linstroth was founder and chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, Savannah Chapter, (USGBC) and led efforts to institute a recycling program in Savannah. He serves on the Board of Directors for both the Georgia Conservation Voters, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating and lobbying for environmental issues at the state level, and the Live Oak Public Libraries. Linstroth also serves on the advisory board for the Creative Coast Initiative and the Mayors Healthy Savannah Initiative. He is an active participant and graduate of Leadership Savannah and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL). Linstroth also serves on the Chatham Environmental Forum, working to implement county planning on issues related to energy, transportation and water quality.
Melaver, Inc. has garnered numerous awards for its cutting edge "green" projects, including the Argon award for Visionary Environmental Leadership (prior winners have been Ted Turner and Arthur Blank). Melaver, Inc. has participated in several LEED pilot programs over the past 7 years, and is responsible for roughly 1 percent of all LEED certified projects in the U.S.
LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The sustainable real estate developer currently has eight LEED certified projects in their portfolio and developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Melaver Inc. also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide. Melaver, Inc. also has LEED consulting and construction divisions.
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