Hanley Wood Business Media and its EcoHome magazine, in partnership with The Hanley Foundation, announce the creation of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. This annual award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary, lasting, and far reaching contributions to the advancement of sustainable housing in the United States. The award winner will receive $50,000, the largest award ever established for advancing sustainable housing. The first Hanley Award will be presented at The USGBC Hanley Award Dinner in November at the U.S. Green Building Council's annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix.

Nominations for the award are submitted by members of a select and diverse nominating committee that this year includes national leaders from both the public and private sectors specializing in environmental building, sustainable architecture, affordable housing, building science, energy policy, performance standards and public outreach.

Eligible nominees are residential construction industry professionals, or those working in technical research, product development, educational outreach, environmental advocacy, governmental policy, and related areas, who have made deep, long-standing, and influential commitments to sustainability, and significant and lasting contributions to the widespread implementation of environmental building concepts, techniques, and innovations in advancing sustainable housing in the United States.

A distinguished panel of judges will meet in Washington, DC in June to review and evaluate the slate of nominees according to the program criteria, and select the award winner. The 2009 Hanley Award judges include Michael J. Hanley, co-founder and retired CEO of Hanley Wood and president of The Hanley Foundation; Frank Anton, longtime industry thought-leader and CEO of Hanley Wood; Steven Winter FAIA, environmental building pioneer and president of Steven Winter Associates; Sarah Susanka FAIA, acclaimed architect and author of the best-selling "Not So Big House" and "Home By Design" series; and Allison Ewing AIA LEED AP, award-winning sustainable design architect and principal of Hays + Ewing Design Studio.

The USGBC Hanley Award Dinner will host invited green building industry leaders from across the country, including executives from leading companies, agencies, and organizations active in sustainable housing.

The Hanley Award program and winner will be featured on the cover of EcoHome magazine as well as covered onEcoHome's Web site and in its weekly e-newsletter, EcoHome Update. In addition, the announcement about the inaugural award will be delivered to more than 360,000 professional builders, architects and remodelers via Hanley Wood's extensive residential and commercial construction networks.