People & Planet Award Winners Announced: Green America Recognizes 3 Small Businesses for Clean Energy Work

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$5,000 Prizes Awarded to Companies in NC and MA Focusing on Clean Energy.

WASHINGTONMarch 12, 2015—Two North Carolina small businesses that promote clean energy and a third in Massachusetts were announced today as the winners of Green America’s quarterly “People & Planet Award,” which recognizes innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations.

The winners of the $5,000 prizes are: Clean Power Perks of Boston, MA; Organic Transit of Durham, NC; and Rain Catchers of Kernersville, NC.  The three winners were selected by the public during a month-long online voting period.

Alisa Gravitz, president of Green America, said: “Clean energy will be at the center of the push for a better world for many years to come.  Green America is honored to recognize today these three outstanding small businesses that are dedicating themselves fully to America’s greener and healthier future.”

The winning companies are:

  • Clean Power Perks, Boston, MA.   Clean Power Perks (CPP) is a women-owned business that aims to grow the clean energy economy by building its social capital.  CPP connects green-minded consumers with green-minded businesses and encourages clean energy choices by providing its members with tangible rewards – like coupons – to companies committed to that goal.  Businesses that put clean energy at the center of their operations likewise benefit because CPP provides them access to a core groups of consumers that are committed to similar values.
  • Organic Transit, Durham, NC. If you’re a commuter who hates paying for insurance, gasoline, and licensing fees, Organic Transit has an offer you might like.  They make ultra-efficient solar-powered electric bicycle vehicles that can travel up to 30 miles per hour at the energy equivalent of 1,800 MPG.
  • Rain Catchers, Kernersville, NC.  Rain Catchers aims to limit water waste and promote reuse through sustainable water gardens that harvest and filter rain runoff into a reusable resource.  Rain Catchers has global ambitions, and has operated projects both in the U.S. and abroad.   They custom tailor their systems to meet the needs of each location and project.


Tess O’Brien, founder and CEO of Clean Power Perks, said: "We couldn't be more thrilled by this recognition from Green America. The People & Planet Award will allow us to educate more Americans that clean energy is something anyone can choose, and offer them more perks as a thank you for making the switch.”

Apoorv Agarwal, general manager of Organic Transit, said: “Organic Transit is honored to be a recipient of the People & Plant Award. The proceeds will go towards making our solar/hybrid vehicles more accessible to those with disabilities.  This furthers our mission of environmental prosperity: through our products the users are healthier, communities more livable, and the planet improved.” 

Janice Walker, the founder of Rain Catchers, said: “Our business mission is to provide our technology to provide clean-energy and clean water solutions worldwide. Developing countries like Haiti and Nicaragua are directly benefiting, as do communities here in the US.  We will use the award money wisely to achieve more sustainable growth. We will also provide a tithing of the prize to be split with the Future of Haiti Organization and Main St. Methodist community garden in Kernersville, NC.”

The next round of Green America’s quarterly award will be given to three green small businesses that focus on recycled products.

The businesses that the public vote on are determined by public nominations and an expert panel of judges: Katie Galloway and Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Deven Clemens, Clif Bar; Jenny Burns, Honest Tea;  Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley; Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; and Andrew Korfhage and Fran Teplitz, 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.


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