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Winners Announced in Second Peole & Planet Green Business Contest
$5,000 Prize Awarded to Three Companies in Maryland, Ohio, and South Carolina for Their Commitment to Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
December 11, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC --
Three winners were announced today for Green America’s quarterly “People & Planet” award, which recognizes America’s best green, small businesses. Each of three winners will receive $5,000. The winners are: Clean Currents, Third Sun Solar and Wind, and City Roots. Winners were selected by the public, who had a month-long open voting period online at Green America’s website.
Green America’s “People & Planet Awards” recognize innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that deeply integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. This round of the Awards focused on green businesses that have a strong commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency.
Alisa Gravitz, president, Green America, said: “Energy issues have never been more important, and Green America is proud to dedicate this People & Planet Award to businesses that demonstrate creativity and leadership in advancing clean energy and energy efficiency.”
The winning companies’ descriptions are below:
“We’re honored to have won the People & Planet Award as it reinforces one of our main goals: to link green-minded businesses, individuals, and organizations together to build more sustainable communities,” said Gary Skulnik, president of Clean Currents. “Thanks to Green America, we can further our Green Neighborhood Challenge program by energizing neighborhoods around clean energy and green projects to build a cleaner, greener future together.”
“Third Sun Solar is so excited and grateful to be one of the Green America People and Planet Awards contest winners! Thanks to everyone who voted for us and thank you to Green America for being such a strong and consistent voice for sustainability and protecting our communities and our planet,” said Michelle Greenfield, CEO of Third Sun. “With our award money, we will soon be establishing our new office composting system and teaching the other businesses in our building how to compost with us; we will be reducing our company’s carbon footprint by doing an energy efficiency lighting retrofit; and we will be installing some solar power with our local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Thank you for making these opportunities possible and for promoting green businesses!”
Robbie McClam, founder and owner, City Roots said: "Thank you Green America! We are excited and humbled to be one of the Fall 2012 winners of Green America’s People & Planet Award. With so many businesses going ‘green’, we know what a special honor it is to have been selected and to serve as a model of what it can mean to ‘go green’. Green America does a great job of promoting the importance and value of not just participating but contributing to its mission ‘to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society,’ and we look forward to helping in that mission.”
Future rounds of Green America’s quarterly award for green businesses with 50 or fewer employees, will focus on workplace innovations, and other sustainability practices. The businesses that the public vote on are determined by public nominations and an expert panel of judges: Katie Galloway & Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar; Penny Bauder, Green Kid Crafts (summer award winner!); Cheryl Newman, Honest Tea; Theresa Marquez, Organic Valley; Eric Henry, TS Designs; Reed Doyle, Seventh Generation; and Fran Teplitz & Andrew Korfhage, Green America.
ABOUT GREEN AMERICA
Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org.
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