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Winners Announced in "People & Planet" Green Small Business Contest
$5,000 Prize Awarded to Three Companies in the District of Columbia, Indiana, and Massachusetts for an Overall Green Way of Doing Business and a Commitment to a Sustainable Food System
June 10, 2013
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: Love & Carrots, The Chile Woman, and Green City Growers. 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 an overall green way of doing business and a strong commitment to a sustainable food system.
Alisa Gravitz, president, Green America, said: “Sustainable food sourcing is key to a healthy and greener way of doing business. Green America is proud to recognize businesses that demonstrate green innovation in their business models and sustainability in their food systems with this People & Planet Award.”
The winning companies’ descriptions are below:
"The Love & Carrots team is honored to be selected for this award,” said Meredith Sheperd, founder of Love & Carrots. “Our team of experienced organic farmers designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens, edible landscapes, and urban farms for residents and businesses all over the greater DC area. We are excited to devote the prize money to creating a larger composting system for the organic waste from our gardens-- completing the sustainability loop."
“I feel honored to be one of the People & Planet Award recipients,” said Susan Wesland, founder, The Chile Woman. “This is big news to a business as small as mine. When I started my business 21 years ago, I was dedicated to preserving chile biodiversity, reducing waste, and recycling and reusing whatever I could. What were once considered to be eccentric business practices are now hip! When we were hit with drought last summer, we sorely wished we had already installed a cistern. It will be a blessing to use part of the prize money to help harvest my rainwater instead of wasting any of that precious moisture. Finally, we also have a space in mind to convert into a small store we hope to stock with locally made spicy food products.”
"We're so excited to have been chosen by Green America for their People & Planet award!” said Jessie Benhazl, CEO of Green City Growers. “We plan on using our winnings to invest in a more environmentally friendly vehicle, and to research and develop additional techniques for sustainable urban farming at our home base in Somerville. We are dedicated to providing our customers with fresh, hyper-local produce."
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; Lisa Stokke, Food Democracy Now; Jenny Burns, Honest Tea; Kristin Bower, Neighborhood Farm Initiative; Jonathan Reinbold , Organic Valley; John Lively, Preserve (winter winner!); Eric Henry, TS Designs; and Reed Doyle, Seventh Generation; 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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