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The People & Planet Award recognizes businesses for their dedication to a green economy: a bottom line that includes protecting workers, communities, and the environment. Seasonally, we award three $5,000 cash prizes in a range of green-business categories, such as zero-waste, clean energy, and local community action.
Thank you for voting in our Fall 2013 People & Planet Awards. As of 5PM EST, Monday, Dec. 2, voting is closed.
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People & Planet Winners' Gallery:
Theme: Ethical Apparel
Earth Creations »
Nancy's Gone Green »
|One day after a stormy bike ride, the founder of Earth Creations found her clothing coated in rich Alabama clay that was impossible to wash off -- and so her unique clay-dyed, made-in-the-USA clothing line was born. Winning the award will help Earth Creations educate others about the benefits of eco-friendly fabrics and dyes. "The Slow Fashion movement unifies the 'sustainable' and 'ethical' fashion movements. We demonstrate our clay-dyeing in local schools to educate about all the aspects of Slow Fashion," says Earth Creations' Marie Caine.||Maggie's Organics has been a leader in the Fair Trade fashion movement since 1992. The company plans to use its winnings to strengthen the connections between overseas workers, like cotton farmer Carlos, above, and those who wear their products here in the US. "We will dedicate the prize money to bringing more of our cooperative producers to meet and interact with our customers, through seminars and educational events," says Maggie's owner Bena Burda. "It is our belief that this connection can truly change the world."
||Founded by mother-daughter team Nancy Atkins and Mary Savoca, Nancy's Gone Green is an eco-friendly online boutique. “The $5,000 will have an immediate impact this fall and winter, helping us expand our brand-new collaboration with an artisan group in Nepal,” says Mary. "We'll be introducing the first pieces this October, starting with organic cotton and bamboo dresses and tops. We are expanding our Re:awakened label, locally made from upcycled cashmere and vintage fabrics, and previously sewn 100% by Nancy herself. "|
Congratulations to our additional Summer 2013 Finalists:
|Atayne, Brunswick, ME||PACT, San Francisco, CA|
|Blue Fish Clothing, Fairfield, IA||Recover, Hickory, NC|
|Mata Traders, Chicago, IL||Vintage Creations, Seattle, WA|
|Mehera Shaw, Chapel Hill, NC|
Theme: Sustainable Food
The Chile Woman »
Love & Carrots »
|When a tornado struck the Chile Woman in 2011, she found the silver lining: "I was too heavily wooded for solar before the tornado but I lost so much of my old growth tree cover that solar became a possibility," she says. As an organic, non-GMO chile grower for more than 20 years, Susan Wesland maintains an heirloom seed bank of more than 1800 chile pepper varieties. She plans to use her winnings to install a cistern, and to launch a small store for locally made spicy food products.||Since 2008, Green City Growers has installed more than 400 raised-bed rooftop gardens on homes, businesses, schools, and restaurants in Massachusetts. The company will begin maintaining the largest rooftop farm in New England for a Whole Foods store in the summer of 2013, which is expected to yield up 11,000 pounds of produce a year. "We plan on using our winnings to invest in a more environmentally friendly vehicle," says CEO and founder Jessie Benhazl.
||Love & Carrots is an organic gardening service which teaches families, businesses, and organizations how to grow their own food (including honey!). All Love & Carrots gardens incorporate conservation principles like companion planting, nutrient cycling, and water-saving drip line irrigation that benefit the surrounding ecosystem. "We are excited to devote the prize money to creating a larger composting system for the organic waste from our gardens," says founder Meredith Sheperd.|
Congratulations to our additional Spring 2013 Finalists:
|Alter Eco, San Francisco, CA||Flying J Farm, Johnstown, OH|
|Archi's Acres, Escondido, CA||Frankferd Farms Foods, Norwell, MA|
|Blue Ridge Produce, Elkwood, VA||in.gredients, Austin, TX|
|Clean Fish, San Francisco, CA|
Theme: Zero Waste
|CompostNow is a weekly doorstep pick-up service allowing households to divert their food scraps and compostable waste, creating nutrient-rich soil for home and community gardens. As of February 2013, CompostNow and its community had intercepted 50,000 lbs. of compostable waste, producing 25,000 lbs. of compost. CompostNow intends to use the award money to branch out into other North Carolina cities.||In addition to their robust container return-and-reuse program, Hummingbird Wholesale pursues zero-waste with their clean and green bike delivery sy stem. "Our prize money will buy us a second electric bike cart, doubling our bike delivery capacity," says Kristie Steele of Hummingbird Wholesale. "Making local deliveries via bike pays off in cleaner air, fun and healthy work, and ongoing inspiration for our co-owners and community."
||Preserve manufactures plastic personal care products out of 100-percent recycled #5 plastic, rescuing thousands of yogurt containers, lip-balm tubes, Brita filters, and other toss-away items from the landfill. Preserve will be using the prize money to help find and reward upcoming winners of the company's own Local Heroes of Recycling contest. “We are thrilled to be able to pay it forward,” says Preserve CEO Eric Hudson.|
Congratulations to our additional Winter 2013 Finalists:
|American Textile & Supply, Contra Costa, CA||Repurposed Materials, Denver, CO|
|First World Trash, Queens, NY||Stay Vocal, Norwell, MA|
|Green Citizen, San Francisco, CA||Urban Ore, Berkeley, CA|
|Grounds for Change, Poulsbo, WA|
Theme: Clean Energy
City Roots »
Third Sun Solar »
|City Roots grows 75 varieties of fruits and vegetables, keeps bees for both honey and pollination, and raises chickens for both eggs and include the platinum-LEED-certified, un-air-conditioned, naturally lit main building and a hybrid delivery car. The People & Planet Award will help finance a solar hydroponic growing system, as well as a new strategy for reducing tractor fuel.||Clean Currents is a green electricity provider that sells wind and solar energy to residents and businesses in Washington, DC; Maryland; and central Pennsylvania. Through renewable energy purchases by both business and residential customers, Clean Currents offset 288,430,778 lbs. of CO2 emissions in 2011. They're investing their award in advancing their Green Neighborhood Challenge.
||“We will use our award to establish our new office composting system and teach the other businesses in our building how to compost with us," says Third Sun's Michelle Greenfield. "We'll reduce our company’s carbon footprint with an energy-efficiency lighting retrofit, and we will install some solar power with our local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Thank you for making these opportunities possible!”|
Congratulations to our additional Fall 2012 Finalists:
|Angel Wind Energy, Onarga, IL||Green Canopy Homes, Seattle, WA|
|Brighton Car Wash, Naperville, IL||Mosaic, Oakland, CA|
|Cooperative Energy Futures, Minneapolis, MN||Pacific Biodiesel, Kahului, HI|
|Cozy Pure, Norfolk, VA|
Theme: Local Community Action
Green Kid Crafts »
Raleigh City Farm »
Sonoma Compost »
Sonoma County, CA
|Green Kid Crafts provides convenient, sustainable, and engaging activities that help families enjoy their quality time together while cultivating a child’s love and respect for the environment. They offset 100% of their carbon emissions, and partner with their local community nonprofit Hope Community Resources to employ a team of disabled people to pack and ship their Discovery Boxes.||Raleigh City Farm is a commercial urban farm growing food made from local rain, local compost, and local sunshine. They supply many local restaurants with organic produce, and partner local businesses to re-use their waste (wood, coffee bags, cardboard, and newspapers) as growing-beds. Their People & Planet Award will help them build a rain-water collection and irrigation system.||Sonoma Compost Company (SCC), the regional compost facility for Sonoma County since 1993, has diverted nearly 1.5 million tons of organic matter (yard trimmings and vegetative food scraps) from landfills. SCC is both a sponsor and educator in the "350 Home and Garden Challenge" led by the local nonprofit Daily Acts. SCC donated the cash prize from its People & Planet Award to Daily Acts.|
Congratulations to our additional Summer 2012 Finalists:
|Coffee By Design, Portland, ME||MiaDonna, Portland, OR|
|Fiberactive Organics, Raleigh, NC||Old City Green, Washington, DC|
|Glad Rags, Portland, OR||Root-n-Roost Farm, White Sulphur Springs, NY|
|Liveability Project, Bethesda, MD|
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*Judges for this season's awards program include: 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. Thank you to our panel!
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