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Awards & Distinctions

SAM AwardDavid Johnston won the International SAM/SPG Sustainability Pioneer Award in 2007. The award acknowledges personal excellence in implementing the principles of sustainability in the corporate sector. An international selection committee of sustainability experts awarded the 2007 Leader Award to Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, Chairman of ITC Ltd. The Pioneer Award goes to David Johnston, founder and President of What’s Working Inc.


  • Boulder Green Building Guild Lifetime Achievement Award


  • International SAM/SPG Sustainability Pioneer Award


  • Nautilus Book Awards Winner: Ecology & Environment for Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time



  • Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Sustainable Community Development Award in recognition for Green Development Programs for New Communities


  • Rotary International, Our World Award University of Colorado


  • United States Representative, International Energy Agency meetings on sustainable buildings

  • Professional Builder Magazine Sustainable Development Achievement Award


  • State of Colorado Venture Center Venture Guild Member of the Year
  • (1999)


  • Boulder Community Foundation, NOVA Award

  • University of Colorado Corporate Excellence Award for Sustainable Development


  • Denver Homebuilders Association Hall of Fame

  • Boulder Home Builders Association (HBA) Associate Member of the Year

  • Boulder Chamber of Commerce Environmental Business of the Year

  • Remodeling Magazine’s Top 50 Contractors

1991-1992 & 1999

  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World

USAToday, "An evergreen seal of approval branches out," March 2009

Greening My Vintage Home The Wall Street Journal, "How Green Is Your Gift List? We Find Out A Trio of Experts Tests Items Touted as 'Eco-Friendly'; The $19,700 Copper Bathtub" December 2008, pg D-1

Los Angeles Times, "Building a green lifestyle," December 2008, pg C-4 

Washington Post Los Angeles (AP), "Green' demand driving home technology" Nov 22, 2008, Page F06.

Renovation Style, "A Greener Renovation: Eco-build guru David Johnston shares his favorite Earth-friendly product picks," Early Spring 2008, p. 42

Environmental Health Perspectives, "Bringing Green Homes within Reach: Healthier Housing for More People," January 2008, vol 116, num. 1, pp. A24-31

The New York Times, "Builders Return to Class for Lessons in ‘Green’," Nov 2007.

Natural Home, "Natural Home Advisory Board Members Make Strides in Sustainability," Nov 2007 

"Yogesh Chander Deveshwar (ITC Ltd.) and David Johnston (What’s Working Inc.) win this year’s SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award", Sept 2007

LIME, "Green Building with David Johnston, Fantastic Green Building" March 2007

Smart Homeowner, "Green Roofing Options," July/Aug 2006.

Custom Builder Magazine, "The Case for Going Green," July 2006.

Smart Homeowner, "Greening My Vintage Home" March/April 2006.

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, "Make it green," November 1, 2005.

Smart Homeowner, "Home Front," November/December 2005.

Boulder County Business Report, "Rating Tool to Measure Company Sustainability" April 2006.

Washington Post, "Learning to Build (With Straw) and Power (With Solar) a Home by DVD" April 2006.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, "Sustainable building guru: it's time to pick up the pace." March 15, 2006

U.S.G.B.C. Colorado Chapter Newsletter, "Green Leaders: Colorado's Thought Leaders Speak Out on Green Design." January 2006.

David Johnston + Green Remodeling HGTV, "Toxins in the Kitchen," cited July 15, 2005.

HGTV, "Green Remodeling Offers a Smorgasborg of Ideas," Cited July 6, 2005.

San Francisco Chronicle, "Conservation: Building grows greener in Bay Area," June 1, 2005.

Organic Style, "Healthy Home Handbooks," April 2005, p. 30.

Chicago Tribune, "Green building inches into the mainstream," April 22, 2005, p. 18.

The Washington Post, "Resources for Going Green," April 16, 2005 Page F16.

Alternative Medicine, "Blueprints for a Healthy Home," March 2005, pp. 78-106.

Su Casa, "Green is the color of spring, whether it's green remodeling, green ranching, green thumbs, or green paint," Spring 2005, pp. 33-34.

Los Angeles Times, "Weighing the eco-options," January 6, 2005.

The Boulder County Business Report, "Education primary goal for Green Building Guild," December 10, 2004.

The Vancouver Sun, "Book a must-read for going green," December 4, 2004.

Professional Remodeler, "Green Remodeling, good building," December 1, 2004., “Greenscapes: Made in the Shade,” June 1, 2004.

APA The Engineered Wood Association, “ Green Building : What is it, and How is it Impacting Engineered Wood?” [Cited August 16, 2004 ].

Rocky Mountain Institute, “Doing Well by Doing Good: The Benefits of Green Development” [Cited August 16, 2004 ].

Integral Naked, “Who is David Johnston?” [Cited March 1, 2004 ].

Washington Post, "Think Big About Energy-Efficiency Measures, but Plug the Little Leaks", February 21, 2009; Page F06.

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