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TK Somanath Recognized as Visionary Leader in Green, Sustainable Housing

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Stacie Birchett

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KC McGurren (l) and TK Somanath

Breaking news: BHC President and CEO TK Somanath received EarthCraft Virginia’s Visionary Award last night (Thursday, March 28th) at the 4th-annual Sustainable Leadership Awards ceremony. The signature event recognizes Virginia leaders in the adoption of green, sustainable housing.

Board President Sylvia Hallock presented the award. According to KC McGurren, Executive Director, EarthCraft Virginia selected Somanath for the award because “TK’s passion and leadership has helped the community become more aware that green building is a key element of affordable housing and the enhancement of our neighborhoods.”

“I was honored to receive this recognition and accepted it on behalf of everyone at BHC and our supporters who help make our green vision a reality,” said Somanath. “We share the common belief that green building goes hand-in-hand with affordable housing. For people who struggle to make ends meet, the money they can save on utility and maintenance costs can make a difference in their disposable income and their quality of life.”

BHC also was a nominee for Single Family Builder of the Year.

“We are grateful to EarthCraft for being a terrific advocate and technical advisor in all of our green endeavors,” added Somanath.

All of  BHC’s single-family homes built and renovated since 2009 are EarthCraft-certified. In addition BHC’s Lincoln Mews, Beckstoffer’s Mill Lofts, and Beckstoffer’s Seniors apartment communities are EarthCraft-certified.

Click the link below to read TK’s full acceptance remarks:

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