The CEO Environmental Leadership Award is established to support, inspire and recognize business leaders who help save the earth we share. The vision is for the award to increase action towards a more sustainable future through the recipient’s continued leadership within his or her business, industry and community.
- Must be CEO/Owner of a privately held company with review of less that $1B
- Evidence that the company’s green policies and practices and philanthropic efforts have had a measurable impact
- Serve as an example and through their practices have minimal impact on the environment and contribute to a more sustainable future
$10,000 donation in recipient’s name to nonprofit of their choice.
2019 Award Recipient
Founder, GO Logic, GO Home, OPAL and GO Lab
When you look for heroes, you should always look in your own backyard. When we saw Matt’s nomination come through it made perfect sense to us to honor someone who blazed the trail in New England for Passive House design and who is now redefining the sustainable design industry.
In 2013, we gave Matt a seemingly impossible task – transform a set of New England meeting house timber frames into a Passive House standard building. Calm and unfazed Matt set about to design Alnoba to be the first passive house standard building of its kind in the Northeast, which uses 75-90% less energy and blends 19th century craftsmanship with 21st century green technology.
He is an award-winning architect and become a leader in Passive House design in the U.S. and speaks internationally on sustainable design. He co-founded GO Logic, a design/build firm that is focused on developing a practical, cost effective approach to meeting the ultra-high-performance Passive House standard, which use 90% less energy in space heating when compared to traditional buildings. Their first project, the GO Home became the 1st certified Passive House building in Maine. Next he went on to found GO Home, which provides pre-designed, prefabricated, homes for New Englanders, which also use 90% less energy. This spring he launched OPAL, an architecture firm that is focused on creating the next generation of large scale passive house, carbon-positive buildings.
Believing a ‘well insulated home can change the world’, Matt launched his latest venture, GO Lab, which will help transform the forest products economy by creating a manufacturing facility in a former paper mill in Madison, Maine. It will turn daily shipments of wood chips from Maine’s lumber yards into affordable, sustainable insulation and create good paying jobs.
Knowing that buildings produce 44% of carbon emissions, GO Lab believes that “the survival of the planet is at risk unless critical industries change the way they do business.” According to Matt, “It is my responsibility as an architect to create buildings that not only meet current performance standards, but also anticipate future standards and contribute to the well-being of future generations.” He has spent his career rethinking every detail of building construction, with an eye toward high performance, quality, and sustainability. He is an architect, entrepreneur and visionary leader.