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Queens Botanical Garden Honors Helen M. Marshall, Queens Borough President and S. Richard Fedrizzi of U.S. Green Building Council at 13th Annual Rose Ball



Lethia Cooper 
(718) 886-3800 ext. 216
Tim Heimerle   
(718) 886-3800 ext. 330
Flushing, New York, June 13, 2008 — Once a year, the Queens Botanical Garden honors New Yorkers who have demonstrated  their commitment to the environment and the people in their community. Located on Main Street in Flushing, the Garden itself sets the example:  home to the most advanced green building in New York City, it is also a national leader in showcasing sustainable landscapes.
This year the 13th Rose Ball takes place on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 6:00 pm, honors Helen M. Marshall, President of the Borough of Queens, and S. Richard “Rick” Fedrizzi, President, CEO and founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which certifies buildings throughout the world with LEED® platinum, silver, gold, or certified status.
A prominent and respected public service figure in New York City, Helen M. Marshall has been a long-term advocate of education and the environment. Her dedication has been instrumental in the realization of the Garden’s Visitor and Administration Center, which opened to great fanfare as a pilot project of the City’s Department of Design and Construction’s High Performance Building program last fall and recently was awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment’s (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects for 2008.
Under Mr. Fedrizzi’s leadership, the USGBC has influenced critical initiatives to expand sustainable building practices and reduce global climate change nationally and internationally. The organization is the nation's leading non-profit working to advance the sustainable design, construction, and operations of buildings and communities.
In the U.S., of the 1,439 projects that are LEED® certified, only 47 projects have attained LEED® Platinum status.  This year’s Rose Ball will be the scene of a milestone moment: on behalf of the USGBC, Mr. Fedrizzi will bestow a plaque to the Queens Botanical Garden in honor of the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification newly awarded its Visitor and Administration Center.   This level of certification is the highest attainable.
“The Garden is very proud to honor Borough President Marshall and Rick Fedrizzi at this year’s Rose Ball,” says Susan Lacerte, Executive Director. “Each is a leader. Without the support of Borough President Marshall, the Queens Botanical Garden’s vision for environmental stewardship and the realization of the Visitor and Administration Building would not have been possible. Under Rick’s leadership, the USGBC provided invaluable guidance throughout design and construction.”
Ms. Marshall serves as the 18th Borough President of Queens and the first African American and second woman to hold the post of highest-ranking elected official in a borough with a population of more than 2.2 million residents. Ms. Marshall is a staunch advocate for expanding the cultural and community resources in a historically underserved area of New York City. While in office, Ms. Marshall has allocated more than $75 million to the Department of Parks and Recreation and more than $44 million for new libraries, and for expansions, additions and technological improvements to existing libraries. She has also helped to fund the expansions of cultural institutions across the borough and provided $60 million in funding to improve neighborhood parks and playgrounds. In 2005, she was the recipient of the statewide Daniel Casey Library Advocacy Award. Before her election to the City Council, Marshall, a native New Yorker, served five terms, beginning in 1982, in the New York State Assembly, where she chaired the Rules Committee and served on the Leland Commission.
Under his leadership, the USGBC has embarked on a new era of growth, openness and transparency. Mr. Fedrizzi has spearheaded a number of critical initiatives, including a major refinement of the LEED®  Rating System, and its extension into Homes, Schools and Healthcare. He has undertaken a series of far-reaching domestic and international initiatives including working with the Clinton Global Initiative, the International Codes Council, and other national and international NGOs and trade associations to increase sustainable building practices. Prior to his appointment at the Council, Mr. Fedrizzi was the founder and president of Green-Think, an environmentally focused marketing and communications consulting firm he founded after a distinguished 25-year career at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he served as an in-house environmental marketing consultant.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit comprised of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.  The USGBC and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.
JADE ROSE: New York Community Bank; and Roslyn Savings Foundation
RED ROSE: Consolidated Edison Company of New York; and Cord Meyer Development LLC;  Vornado Realty Trust
PINK ROSE: Albanese Organization, Inc.; Bank of America; Muss Development; and New York Traditional Korean House Culture Research Institute; Stonewall Contracting Corporation
WHITE ROSE: BKSK Architects; Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Flushing Commons; Flushing Savings Bank; Martha & Bob Taylor; New York Hospital Queens; Metro Management Development, Inc.; Andrea Woodner


The Queens Botanical Garden grew from “Gardens on Parade,” a spectacular five-acre exhibition at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Today the institution is one of 34 institutions comprising the City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) and the steward of 39 acres of City land, adjacent to the northeast tip of Flushing Meadow Park.
The Queens Botanical Garden is reached by the No. 7 train or Long Island Rail Road (Port Washington line) to Main Street/Flushing or the Q44 or Q20 buses to Elder Avenue/Main Street.  Drivers should take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 23, Main Street, or the Van Wyck Expressway to Exit 12A, College Point Boulevard.
For more information, the public may visit www.queensbotanical.org or call 718.886.3800.
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