USGBC Long Island Gala to Recognize North Shore-LIJ's Michael Dowling

Melville, NY, March 11, 2010 --( The Long Island chapter of the US Green Building Council will host its third-annual Building Green Gala on April 28, 2010, at the Long Island Marriott and Conference Center in Uniondale. At this event the USGBC-LI will honor Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, for his visionary leadership in developing and implementing healthier, more efficient building standards and practices at his organization’s facilities across Long Island and New York City. Leslie Segrete, star designer and host of The Money Pit radio program and soon to appear on $100 Makeover on the A&E television network, will be the MC for the event.

The Gala will begin with a cocktail networking reception followed by dinner and award presentation to Mr. Dowling. The event will include a silent auction, raffle and multimedia presentation of notable green building projects on Long Island.

“The Long Island chapter of the US Green Building Council has grown from a small group of hard working individuals into the region’s leading green building organization. Our Gala is a celebration of green building on Long Island. There is no better individual to recognize than Michael Dowling of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Mr. Dowling has spearheaded programs to have 22 North Shore-LIJ projects registered for LEED certification. This is proof of his commitment and leadership in the green building sector,” said Art Desin, USGBC-LI Gala Committee Chair.

“At the North Shore-LIJ Health System, we have been advocates for 'green building' and creating energy-efficient facilities for many years. With more than 20 projects registered for USGBC LEED certification, we are continually working to incorporate sustainable, efficient building practices in our health system's 14 hospitals and dozens of other facilities. While I'm truly honored to be recognized by the USGBC, this award is really a recognition of North Shore-LIJ's continuing commitment to green building,” said Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer at the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

“The USGBC-LI Annual Gala is an opportunity for us to bring to people’s attention our green building mission, a mission many share and which benefits all Long Islanders. We are dedicated to working to enhance our quality of life by improving the environmental standards of the structures we build, and the environment in which we all live, work and play. We salute Mr. Dowling’s decision to allow the USGBC’s LEED Rating System guide the design and construction of all work throughout the Health System,” said Vince Capogna, LEED AP ID+C and USGBC-LI Chapter Chairman.

Funds raised by this event will go to support the USGBC-LI’s mission to improve quality of life for Long Islanders by enhancing the structures that are built. Specifically, the organization seeks to fund annual scholarships and support its many educational programs.

Gala sponsorships and raffle donation opportunities are available. Sponsors will receive recognition online throughout 2010, in Long Island print publications, and at the event itself. The deadline for sponsorships is Friday, April 16th.

For information about the Gala, sponsorships, raffles or to purchase tickets, contact Art Desin at (631) 373-7500 or


About the USGBC
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. USGBC developed the LEED building rating system, which is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. USGBC's core purpose is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. USGBC-LI works to bring these values to the communities of Long Island.

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