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Best BIKE Challenge Raises $10K for Project Haiti at Greenbuild 2012

Pedal-Powered Fundraiser Hosted by Environmental Building Strategies & Integral Group

November 20, 2012, (San Francisco, Calif.) – Environmental Building Strategies (EBS) and Integral Group are proud to announce that the Best BIKE Challenge, a stationary bike competition that took place in the Greenbuild Conference & Expo exhibition hall, raised $10,000 for the Project Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center. With over 320 riders that generated more than 800 watt/hours of energy on the bikes throughout the show, Greenbuild attendees met and exceeded the threshold goals to fulfill matching donation commitments from EBS, Boston Properties, CAS Architects and Nibbi Brothers General Contractors.

“With the USGBC’s big push to break ground on the Project Haiti orphanage, we wanted to utilize the energy of the tradeshow floor to create an engaging and educational experience that ultimately benefits the USGBC’s philanthropic endeavor,” said Matt Macko, principal at Environmental Building Strategies. “EBS and Integral Group are similar in that we do meaningful high performance building work, are involved in the community, and love to find the fun in every situation. It was a perfect partnership to make the Best BIKE Challenge a blast and energize participants towards the cause.”

What started as a flood of curiosity and interest as 30,000+ attendees first burst into the expo hall Wednesday morning continued throughout the conference as a steady stream of friendly competition. During the Wednesday evening Happy Hour in the Hall, scheduled “bike-offs” occurred between big names in green building including HOK, Webcor, Gensler, DPR, City of San Francisco, XL Construction, UL Environment, Cushman & Wakefield, BCCI, USGBC, Architecture for Humanity and more. Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of USGBC, also jumped on the bike and proudly accepted the $10,000 check. Photos of the event can be found on EBS’ Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

In addition to the matching financial donations, the event was made possible through the generosity of PUBLIC Bikes, provider of the booth bikes and raffle prizes, as well as raffle donations from Basecamp Hotel Lake Tahoe.

About Environmental Building Strategies
Environmental Building Strategies (EBS) is a High Performance Building (HPB) consultancy that helps clients make intelligent and sustainable design, construction and operations decisions through sound financial analyses and building science expertise. Established in 2008, EBS has guided over 100 building projects to reduce environmental impact, improve occupant conditions and boost operational profitability. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, EBS works with architects, developers, contractors, municipalities, building owners and property managers to realize high performing real estate assets. Services include sustainable engineering, consulting, education and building certification, with expertise in LEED, Energy Modeling & Auditing, Commissioning, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, ENERGY STAR, GreenPoint, HERS, Incentives and Rebates, and more. For more information please visit

About Project Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center
Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center is about the people of Haiti who are facing ongoing devastation following the earthquake of January 2010. It’s about a replicable, resilient model for rebuilding.

There are hundreds of thousands of orphans living in Haiti. Project Haiti will tell many of these children for the first time in their lives they are valued, they deserve to breathe clean air, they have the right to live in comfort and they are cared about – just like any other child, in any other place in the world. It will provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphans and offer a pathway to adoption.

Together with dedicated pro bono design partner HOK, the U.S. Green Building Council is catalyzing the unrivaled passion, expertise and generosity of the green building movement to rebuild this orphanage. We will provide the people of Haiti with both a powerful symbol of hope and a model for sustainable building practices.


Kim Kuettel
Environmental Building Strategies