The American Society of Landscape Architects presented the Olmested Medal to Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The award honors those who have made a commitment to safeguarding the environment.

“ASLA and USGBC stand shoulder to shoulder in making sure the sustainable buildings and communities that we are advancing add quality to our lives, connect us to nature and to each other,” said Fedrizzi. “It is an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization, and amongst so many visionary leaders in the sustainability movement.”

Nancy Somerville, the society’s executive vice president, said that Fedrizzi has successfully changed the building industry.

“Rick Fedrizzi’s leadership and innovation has almost single-handedly transformed the design and construction industry,” she said. “Through the founding of USGBC, development of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system and support of the sustainable sites initiative, he truly lives up to the landscape architects’ mission of achieving a balance between the built and natural environments.”

Fedrizzi has been a vocal supporter of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a partnership of ASLA, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Botanic Garden to create the first national rating system for sustainable landscapes.

Fedrizzi, who was USGBC’s founding chairman, was appointed president and CEO in 2004 following a 25-year career as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his leadership, USGBC has tripled its membership.

The Olmsted Medal honors Frederick Law Olmsted, an American landscape architect whose works include New York City’s Central Park. Honorees are selected by ASLA’s board of trustees.