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2021 chrysalis
Award Winners

On August 25, 2021, the USGBC-Georgia community recognized the following projects and people for their commitment to our community: Lord Aeck SargentEvelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade, Fulton County Library System, Ethan Arbiser and Carlie Bullock-Jones.  Projects were required to be located in Georgia, and where certification was needed, projects were to have been awarded certification between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

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Applied to projects certified under the USGBC’s LEED for Building Design and Construction rating system, including New Construction, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, Warehouses & Distribution Centers, Mixed Use, and Healthcare.

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WINNER - Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School 

WINNER - Lord Aeck Sargent for Emory Dining Hall

Project Team
  • Emory University - Owner

  • Lord Aeck Sargent - Architect

  • Kimley-Horn and Associates - Civil

  • Gay Construction Company - Contractor

  • NBP Engineers - MEP/FP

  • Newcomb & Boyd - Mechanical

  • Foodgenuity - Food Services

  • Ricca Design Studio - Food Services

  • Wansley Associates - Landscape

  • Uzun+Case - Structural


20,600 SF




Daily Visitors


Notable Application Excerpts
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300 Pierce Street

Oxford, GA 30054

With an organic farm down the road and contracts with local producers, Emory is bringing an unprecedented quantity of organically produced food to Emory Oxford students in response to Emory’s focus on sustainability and “farm-to-table” approach to on-campus dining.


The building plan layout responds to the site’s trapezoidal shape and location on the edge of the small, intimate campus. The exterior design authentically responds to the traditional stucco clad buildings of the main historic quad and is shaped to embrace exterior patios for al fresco dining. The interior, inspired by great market hall structures and designed to seat 400 in the main dining area (plus 100 in the Dean’s Dining Room), is characterized by large, open spaces under exposed wood trusses that sit upon the exterior bearing walls. This creates the backdrop for canopy-covered “market food stations” featuring two food preparation action stations (demonstrating the preparation of vegan and nonvegan entrées) and separate self-serve stations for deli/soups, desserts and salads along with beverages.


The large lunette window at the end of the main hall spine draws the viewer’s eye across the length of the space upon entering the building. This area highlights the active preparation of flatbread and other oven-baked foods, complete with chefs tossing pizza dough and a corner pizza oven. The interior design recalls the great market and dining hall spaces of the past, but also creates more intimate nooks for socializing in smaller groups near the fireplace, patio or windows, providing the opportunity for a different dining experience virtually every day.

Community Impact


Project Team

130,000 SF




WINNER - Evelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade, Fulton County Library System

  • Fulton County Government,  Al Collins - Library Bond Administrator

  • Fulton County Library System, Executive Director Gayle H. Holloman

  • CBRE Heery-Russell JV –Program Management Team

  • 2M Design Consultants, Inc. – LEED Program-Wide Administration

  • Hogan Construction/ McMillian Pazdan Smith Architecture/ Chasm Architecture –Design Build Team

  • McMillian Pazdan Smith Architecture – Architecture, Interiors, LEED Consultant

  • GTP Consulting Engineers – MEP Engineering, Energy Modeling

  • Budova Engineering - Commissioning Consultant

The Evelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade

3665 Cascade Road

Atlanta, GA 30331


Project Team

24,354 SF

Daily Visitors



Notable Application Excerpts

The LEED Gold Evelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade is named after the iconic Civil Rights Activist and wife of Dr. Joseph Lowery. It’s rich history is woven into Fulton County Government’s master plan that set a high bar, linking capital funding to beautiful community focused sustainable library spaces that are cost-efficient to maintain. This LEED Gold high performance green library is saving taxpayer dollars by reducing the county's carbon and water footprints.  Our benchmarked energy and water savings are displayed on lobby monitors for public viewing. All county libraries provide excellent indoor air quality, recycling services, sustainable sites, Renewable Energy Credits, and green jobs training for staff and low-wealth residents. Fulton County Government's enduring thoughtfulness includes using five new solar PV installations at county libraries as “Resiliency Hubs” for temporary emergency warming areas for residents during future historic storm events; as well as providing critical elements in resilience education, and wellbeing for all residents. Our Executive Library Director – Gayle H. Holloman often refers to libraries as the “poor man’s university”!



We believe the greenest building is one that is already built and sustainably renovated to preserve the original embodied energy used in the processing of the raw materials that were carefully selected by the original design team, Stanley Love Stanley, to construct this library in the late 1980’s. During July 2016, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), voted unanimously to restore Southwest Atlanta’s architectural treasure. This library’s original base building envelope was maintained along with its integrated iconic African circular symbol that represents community, eternity and infinity, with no beginning and no end of royal power and lineage. The newly renovated building, designed by Chasm Architects & McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, incorporates high-performance, energy efficient, whole building systems thinking with new designs and technology that work together in sync to achieve a LEED Gold Certification.

The major renovations of the existing Southwest Atlanta Library consisted of upgrades to the building envelope including new windows and upgrading the Technology and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems. Also, the design incorporates new flexible furniture, fixtures and equipment and well-programed defined spaces for library patrons. The Information desk is centrally located in the main atrium area as a welcome center providing easier access and better visibility for patrons and staff.  Meeting Rooms are located to the right of the atrium, A new Friends of the Library Bookstore was added, and the inspiring Children’s Area has been enlarged. To the left of the atrium the new space incorporates a Teens Area, Group Study Rooms, Technology Zone, Computer Instruction Lab, Cafe and the main Adult Area. Additional computers, self-check stations, community display screen, and a featured art wall for the Jacob Lawrence - John Brown Series, 1977 Collection. Jacob Lawrence (1917 – 2000), was a painter and social realist who said  “My paintings consistently portray the lives and struggles of Black Americans . . . their concerns with everyday reality and the dignity of the poor and all human effort toward freedom and justice.” This extraordinary Jacob Lawrence collection is still salient in 2021 and is prominently displayed in the atrium area.


Residents have the opportunity to experience a higher level of community engagement, enlightenment and learning  at the newly refurbished Evelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade; and to test the new technologies and services, along with enjoying guided LEED sustainability tours by library staff. This library is a beautiful, comfortable, healthy environment that was built within the BOC’s approved budget. To achieve a high level of renovation excellence, our teams practiced an Integrated Project Delivery system, which requires active and effective coordination among all stakeholder throughout the entire project beginning with early community input and through project closeout.  Program-wide LEED Administration oversight was managed by 2M Design Consultants, Inc., (2M).

The Evelyn G. Lowery Library at Cascade conserves energy and advances the county’s environmental stewardship goals by having each of its 30 library projects certified under the USGBC LEED Rating System to achieve a Platinum, Gold or Silver Certification. The library capital program was financed under a $275M bond referendum approved by Fulton County taxpayers in November of 2008 during the economic downturn caused by the global housing crisis. Fulton County Government's heroic and enduring thoughtfulness included distributing this capital investment to several large, medium, and small businesses in our region, helping to keep our local economy afloat. At Fulton County Government Community Matters!


And at 2M, we say “That none of us are sustainable and resilient until we all are, because Sustainability and Resiliency is a Human Right”.  We believe the highest level of the LEED integrative in design is best achieved through Social Equity, Inclusion & Green Jobs Training. In 50 YEARS people will assess our industry’s visionaries as they come to grips with the environmental and financial choices we make today that impacts global climate change. Thankfully, the world’s best problem-solvers are in our USGBC sustainability village at this critical time in world history and we need everyone’s participation.                                            



WINNER - Ethan Arbiser

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Notable Application Excerpts

Ethan Arbiser is an Environmental Data Analyst at Cox Enterprises, a company that has committed to Zero Waste to Landfill by 2024 and carbon neutrality by 2034. There, he assists sustainability, waste, and energy conservation teams with data management for various initiatives and supports Cox’s Corporate Social Responsibility team with environmental reporting. Following his graduation from Emory University, Ethan began his professional career teaching history and environmental studies at an Atlanta high school while creating school-wide sustainability initiatives. From there, he transitioned to working for a real estate software company with a growing sustainability services branch, assisting real estate clients with energy compliance and sustainability disclosure through data collection and analytics. Ethan is passionate about green building practices, energy management, waste diversion, and wellness. He is currently an active member of USGBC Georgia Chapter’s Emerging Professionals committee, as well as a member of the City of Atlanta Sustainability Ambassadors Program.

  • LEED Green Associate

  • TRUE Zero Waste Advisor

  • Fitwel Ambassador

  • Certified Sustainability Professional of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals

  • City of Atlanta Sustainability Ambassador



WINNER - Carlie Bullock-Jones

Notable Application Excerpts

As the Founder and Managing Principal of Ecoworks Studio, a woman-owned company and Atlanta Female Business Enterprise, Carlie has engaged industry peers in green building and is making a profound impact in her profession on a local and international scale. With each leadership and service position she has held, Carlie’s goal has been to extend the reach of sustainability and the value of green building practices into mainstream practice through education and advocacy initiatives. She has dedicated her entire career to bringing about a greener, healthier built environment. Carlie doesn’t just teach, work and advocate for sustainability – she lives it in every aspect of her life, and she is as outstanding a candidate for the Chrysalis Legacy award you will ever come across.


As a LEED Faculty mentor for USGBC, and the first WELL Faculty for the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), Carlie is a highly sought-after speaker and writer for national events and publications. She has been extensively involved in the development of LEED standards over the years, serving as a Subject Matter Expert for USGBC and GBCI, assisting in course curriculum, exam development and reference guide creation. In 2012, Carlie was inducted by USGBC as a LEED Fellow, one of only 77 in the world at that time! She maintains active roles on numerous boards and advisory panels, including the LEED for Commercial Interiors Core Committee, LEED Curriculum Committee, USGBC Education Review Committee, LEED Pilot Credit Library Working Group, WELL Faculty member, Fitwel Ambassador, GBCI Continuing Education Advisory Group and most recently has been selected to serve as an advisor on the 2021 IWBI Health Equity Advisory.


Carlie remains actively engaged in the green building education sector. In early 2020 (pre-pandemic) she was the educational session leader for the keynote lunch: Building a Culture of Health, Transparency and Wellness at the USGBC South Carolina: Sustainable Healthy Buildings Conference. Despite the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Carlie hosted several podcasts that encouraged healthy habits that align with our focus on health and wellness during a time of uncertainty, including USGBC’s Wake Up WELL with US!, a morning coffee where she and co-host Allison Cunningham (Ecoworks Studio) facilitated an engaging virtual conversation about the WELL Building Standard and the LEED rating system are made to complement each other. In April 2020, she was also recognized as USGBC’s ‘Shero of the Month for her continued advocacy for a healthy, more inclusive future for all. When the world seemed to stop, Carlie persisted.

Founder and Managing Principal, Ecoworks Studio
  • LEED Fellow


  • WELL Faculty (first for IWBI)

  • WELL Performance Testing Agent

  • Fitwel Ambassador

  • Spearheaded certification efforts for several stadiums, arenas, and training facilities for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, MLB and collegiate athletic projects

  • Led the certification achievements for the 27th, 37th and 100th WELL certified projects in the world (Silver, Gold and Platinum respectively)

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