Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

People & Planet Award for Green Businesses
Choose three businesses to win a $5,000 prize.

Green America is proud to introduce the ten finalists for this spring's People & Planet Awards. Finalists are expected to shine in their commitment to both social and environmental responsibility, and to offer their customers ways to green their celebrations and holidays. Each name below links to a full business bio explaining company's sustainability commitment. Please cast your votes for your three favorites by 8PM EDT on Monday, June 1.

Only three votes per person, please. Good luck to all of the finalists, and thanks for your commitment to people and the planet!

Vote for Three Businesses
(Listed in alphabetical order. Click on a business to learn more about its green commitment.
Check the boxes at left and click "Submit Votes" below to cast your votes. )


Envision Maple Hill Farm Inn »
Hallowell, ME

Maple Hill Farm's event venue runs on solar and wind energy, uses LED lighting, and feeds food waste to farm animals.  Coming soon: an EV-charging station.

MiaDonnaMiaDonna »
Portland, OR

Sales of MiaDonna’s eco-friendly lab-created (conflict-free) diamond engagement rings and wedding bands help rehabilitate diamond-mining communities through The Greener Diamond Foundation.


Rain CatchersA Spice of Life Catering »
Boulder, CO

A Spice of Life Catering + Events produces near-zero-waste events, diverting 80 percent of its 2014 waste from landfills, and recycling 1400 gallons of cooking oil.



SustySusty Party »
Brooklyn, NY

Susty Party produces socially and environmentally responsible party tableware including wooden cutlery, plastic-free cups, bio-plastic tablecloths, and US-made paper straws.

SustySweet Peas Café »
Dunedin, FL

Sweet Peas Café is a community-centered, organic, café surrounded by a NABA-certified butterfly habitat, and a yard transitioning into garden space for growing café food.


Big Grove TavernBig Grove Tavern »
Champaign, IL

Farm-to-table tavern with a commitment to local sourcing (within 60 miles), serving sustainably raised seafood, minimizing waste, and giving back to the community.


Cleaver The Cleaver Co. »
New York, NY

The Cleaver Co. – “green” for more than 35 years – recently became the first full service event planning/catering company and restaurant in NYC to be certified as a B-Corporation.


Collective ResourceCollective Resource »
Chicago, IL

Zero-waste is achieved at every meal and event through consulting and pickup services, reducing landfill through commercial composting by over 10 tons weekly.



EnvisionEcoLogic Solutions »
Brooklyn, NY

Produces sanitizers made from only tap water, salt, and electricity, making the cleaning of restaurants, hotels, convention centers, and other event venues much less toxic. 

Good Old Days Good Old Days Eco-Florist »
New Windsor, NY

Lynn Mehl revolutionized her floristry business, switching to all US-grown flowers, and eliminating toxins and waste, like foam core, plastics, and one-use décor.



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