The Institute for Sustainable Development has announced its finalists for the 2011 Green Plus North American Sustainable Enterprise Awards. The Green Plus Awards recognize organizations not only for their environmental efforts, but for their success in balancing strong business, community and environmental practices. Paying attention to business performance and community involvement as well as to minimizing environmental impact is often referred to as triple bottom line sustainability.
The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony, presented by GlaxoSmithKline, on Friday, February 25 at North Carolina Research Triangle Park Foundation headquarters.
In addition to competing in its category, each organization is eligible to win the Green Plus People’s Choice Award.
2011 North American Sustainable Enterprise Awards Finalists
Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise of the Year (50 Or More Employees)
Wells Fargo/Wachovia Small Business of the Year (3 to 50 employees)
- EcoLogic Solutions
- Environmental Solutions Group
- Laser Plus
- Pharamaceutical Calibration Services (PCI)
- Yes! Solar Solutions
Green Plus Sole Proprietor / Home Based Business of the Year
- Abigail Seymour Photography
- Conestoga dpi
- Communication Matters
- jke Marketing & Communications
- Yurich Creative
The Redwoods Group Non-Profit or Social Enterprise of the Year
- Builders of Hope
- Bull City Forward
- Cosmic Bobbins
- Entrepreneurs for Sustainability
- Urban Tree Connection
- The Scrap Exchange
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The awards ceremony will be on Friday, February 25 from 7:30-9:30am at Research Triangle Park Headquarters in the North Carolina Triangle Region.
About the Institute for Sustainable Development and Green Plus
The Institute for Sustainable Development partners nationwide with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives to bring Green Plus, its business improvement program, to smaller enterprises in the U.S. and Canada. The non-profit was founded in the North Carolina Research Triangle in 2007 by a unique partnership of academic, business and philanthropic leaders. Early partners included Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Greater Durham Chambers of Commerce, and the Fenwick Foundation.
Institute founders recognized that while many large companies were integrating sustainability into their operations, saving money and improving their reputations, most Americans were employed by businesses with 50 or fewer people, and these smaller employers had neither the time nor the financial resources to pursue sustainability. In the fall of 2007, the Institute engaged the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC’s Kenan Flagler School of Business to develop a business plan to address this problem. This plan led to the development of Green Plus, a program to educate, network and recognize smaller employers in their efforts to achieve triple bottom line sustainability.
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