Sunwheel Energy + Sustainability, an affiliate of McCormack Baron Salazar, receives St. Louis Mayor’s Sustainability Award
Sunwheel Energy + Sustainability and its parent affiliate, McCormack Baron Salazar, were honored with a Mayor’s Sustainability Award at the St. Louis City Sustainability Summit on November 6, 2013. Sunwheel President, William Carson, LEED AP BD+C accepted the award from Mayor Francis Slay, who recognized Sunwheel’s work to ensure energy-efficient, water-efficient, and healthy homes were a priority at the McCormack Baron Salazar communities of Renaissance Place at Grand, Arlington Grove and North Sarah in the City of St. Louis.
Each of these residential communities is an economically integrated, mixed-use development constructed on formerly distressed sites. All three sites are LEED-ND, Enterprise Green Communities, or Energy Star Certified; additionally, Renaissance Place and Arlington Grove feature more than 400 kilowatts of solar energy generation capacity. While accepting the award, Carson noted the acute need for sustainable concepts to be integrated into distressed communities as they begin the process of revitalization, pointing out the exceptional benefits that green practices can bring to families with low incomes.
Additional awardees honored included Bridget Flood of Incarnate Word Foundation, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Charter Public School Association, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Washington University. The award ceremony was held in the Steinberg Auditorium of Washington University, and featured keynote speaker, Andrew Howard, Co-Founder and Principal of Team Better Block. Better Block is a concept being used in more than 50 cities and three nations to demonstrate how temporary sustainability improvements to a single city block can build momentum for long-term financial, social, and environmental advancements.