Clara Bagenal George of Elementa Consulting was last night announced as winner of the 2017 Rising Star Award during a reception at Ecobuild.

The judges described her enthusiasm and dedication to sustainability as inspirational, and look forward to even greater achievements from her over the coming years.

Two-time nominee Ben Hopkins of Bennetts Associates was also recognised as runner-up for using a broad array of communication techniques, ideas and incentives (at one point going so far as to make a donation to UKIP) to help bring about tangible action.

Congratulations to Clara & Ben and to the other shortlisted nominees (Dave Carlos – JLL, Edward Dale-Harris – Squire & Partners, Dr Phil Hampshire – BuroHappold and Evan Landy – UCL) who all made it through a rigorous selection process to make the final shortlist.

The 2018 Rising Star Award will open for nominations later this year and full details can be found on the UK-GBC Rising Star Award Page.

Clara Bagenal George


Nominations open for 2017 Rising Star Award

by Mark Fretwell on October 27, 2016

in In memory of Mel

The UK Green Building Council and PRP have announced the fifth annual Rising Star award is open for nominations.

The award recognises an individual’s vision and success in highlighting the importance of sustainability and environmental performance in building, and driving lasting change in their organisation or the wider sector.

It’s great to see the award in it’s fifth year, and a brilliant way to remember Mel and all she achieved.

Further details are available on the UK-GBC website, and I encourage you to nominate anyone you feel meets the criteria.



Rising Star Award – 2016 Winner

March 11, 2016

The 2016 Winner of the Rising Star Award is Lisa Pasquale of consultancy Six Cylinder who impressed the judges so much with her risk management toolkit. She was presented with the award at the UK-GBC Birthday Party on Wednesday night.

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Shortlist announced for Rising Star Award 2016

February 29, 2016

Once again it’s been my great pleasure to be involved in the judging for this years Rising Star Award. Now in its fourth year the award feels like it has become really established, and the standard of the nominees just seems to get better and better. This year has seen the greatest diversity in nominees […]

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2016 Rising Star Award opens for nominations

December 2, 2015

UK-GBC today announced the 2016 Rising Star Award is open for nominations. The award was launched in 2012 in memory of Mel and her work communicating ideas on green buildings and sustainability using social media. The gives nominees the opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements and I am very proud to be involved for […]

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Picnic for Mel – 15 August 2015

June 15, 2015

I’m pleased to confirm the date for this years picnic. Wine, nibbles and games will be order of the day and all – including children – are very welcome. We’ll meet on Gloucester Green which is the NE-most corner of Regents Park (east of The Broadwalk and London Zoo, just north of the Gloucester Gate […]

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2015 Rising Star Award – we have a winner

March 6, 2015

Huge congratulations to Olivia Preston who wins this years Rising Star Award, and to all the shortlisted nominees. Once again it has been a great honour to be involved in the judging and to present the award. The full announcement appears on the UKGBC website.

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2015 Rising Star Award – the shortlist and the videos

February 20, 2015

UKGBC today announced the shortlisted nominees for this years Rising Star Award. Here are the videos that this years shortlist submitted to issue their challenges to the industry. I’ve been sitting in on the judging as they worked through the longest list of nominations yet. The fact the award is now in the third year […]

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Nominations for 2015 Rising Star Award open on 18 November

November 18, 2014

UK-GBC have today opened nominations for the 2015 Rising Star Award. Run in association with PRP, the award is now in its third year, and is a wonderful tribute to Mel. Previous winners include Andrew Kinsey from Mace Group (2013) and Phil Birch from Sweett Group (2014). The 2015 will be presented at the UK-GBC […]

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Picnic for Mel, on 9 August 2014

May 19, 2014

We will be remembering Mel with another picnic in Regents Park this summer. Last year the rain [just about] held off, and we had an enjoyable afternoon of cheese wine and softball before retiring to the pub when it started to get chilly. As in previous years, we will meet from midday onwards at Gloucester Green […]

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