ASID and Hospitality Design Magazine Announce 2008 Earth-Minded Award Winners

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Winners recognized during Green Day at HD Expo in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 12, 2008) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Hospitality Design magazine are pleased to announce the first-ever Earth Minded Award (EMA) winners. Developed to recognize the achievement and advancement of green design in the hospitality industry, the new awards program selects a winner in a hospitality project and hospitality product category.

“It is significant that the hospitality industry is embracing sustainability,” says Claire E. Tamburro, ASID, LEED AP, EMA judge and an interior designer that specializes in hospitality design. “The sheer volume of furnishings and materials we generate puts us in the perfect position to effect great change to construction methods and protocols and ensure that sustainability goals are met. The EMA’s encourage and reward the design community for excellence in this area.”

The industry-jury panel (Cliff Tuttle, ASID, LEED AP, vice president, ForrestPerkins, San Francisco; Claire Tamburro, ASID, LEED AP, senior designer at Austin-Kuester Inc.; and Teri Urovsky, vice president of interior design for Marriott International) chose from projects and products that were environmentally innovative, aesthetically pleasing, promote sustainability, gone through a careful materials selection process, integrate efficiency and incorporate recycling and waste management. Only completed projects and manufactured products were considered. Winners will be honored during a GreenDay luncheon at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas on May 14. This year’s history-making winners are:

EMA for Hospitality Project
Keating Hotel in San Diego by Pininfarina Extra

EMA for Hospitality Product
Bella-Dura Fabric Technology by Bella-Dura

Honorable Mention
RockResorts Spa at Keystone Lodge and Spa in Colorado by Cole Martinez Curtis and Associates

“I’m quite pleased and excited in the overall quality of submissions,” says Cliff Tuttle, ASID, EMA judge and member of ASID’s Sustainable Design Council. To have such a positive response in the first year is encouraging and we can’t wait to see the EMAs continue to grow.”

The deadline for the 2009 EMA has not been scheduled but will be announced soon. For more information on the awards and this year’s winners contact Click here to see a detailed article on the winners that appeared in HD Magazine.

HD Expo
ASID is offering two educational sessions during HD Expo.

Hidden Vegas and the Naked City
Wednesday, May 14 10 a.m. – noon (session ID HD8SV1)

Sustainable Spas: Myths, Realities, Opportunities
Saturday, May 17 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (session ID HD8S2A)
To view the complete list of conference programming, detailed descriptions and to register go to

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

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