Triangle Green Business Challenge Award Winners Named

Triangle Green Business Challenge Award Recipients

On Friday, Dec. 7, six Triangle businesses were recognized for their efforts during the first annual Triangle Green Business Challenge.  Green Plus was proud to be the Gold Sponsor of the Challenge and offer free memberships to the 21 businesses that were nominated for the awards.

Achievement Awards, which were presented to organizations who earned the most total points, went to:

  • IBM
  • Cary Creative Reuse Center
  • Ninth Street Bakery
  • Self-Help Credit Union and Ventures Fund

 

Momentum Awards, which recognize organizations with the greatest point gains from baseline to final, were given to:

  • Cary Creative Reuse Center
  • BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
  • Ninth Street Bakery
  • Gibbs & Soell

 

Below, please find the official press release for the awards from Triangle J Council of Governments, who planned and executed the awards.

 

Local businesses celebrate savings and sustainability at Triangle Green Business Challenge awards ceremony

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 10,2012)—The Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), the lead regional planning organization for North Carolina’s Region J, celebrated the finale of the 2012 Triangle Green Business Challenge on Friday at the Research Triangle Foundation headquarters in RTP. Fifty-two organizations and businesses ranging in size from IBM to Ninth Street Bakery were represented by nearly 100 individuals who gathered to share best practices and congratulate the Challenge award winners.  The competition began on Earth Day 2012 and helps area businesses improve the efficiency and sustainability of their day-to-day operations: reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency, making greener purchasing decisions and providing environmentally friendly commuter choices.

Awards were given to companies that made notable strides on the Challenge scorecard in advancing a healthy and sustainable work environment. Achievement Awards were presented to IBM, Cary Creative Reuse Center, Ninth Street Bakery, and Self-Help Credit Union and Ventures Fund for having the most total points. Momentum Awards, which recognize organizations with the greatest point gains from baseline to final, were given to Cary Creative Reuse Center, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Ninth Street Bakery, and Gibbs & Soell. Winners received free registration or re-certification to Green Plus, a national sustainability education, networking and certification program, conceived in Chapel Hill.

“Congratulations to all of our winners, and also to our participants. These businesses worked hard over the past eight months to update their policies and practices to save money and lower their environmental impacts. They’ve shown the leadership and innovation that makes this region successful,” said Brennan Bouma, the Triangle Green Business Challenge coordinator and energy & environment planner at TJCOG.

Twenty-one companies and organizations participated in the Challenge which was open to businesses, non-profit organizations, local governments and public agencies of any size from Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake Counties.

The national sponsors for the Triangle Green Business Challenge are Office Depot and ICLEI. Regional sponsors include Green Plus (Gold Sponsor); NC GreenPower, Progress Energy, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Foundation, United Soybean Board, Waste Reduction Partners (Silver Sponsors); and GoTriangle (Bronze Sponsor). For more information about the Triangle Green Business Challenge, visit http://www.trianglegreenbusiness.com or call Brennan Bouma at (919) 558-2710.

 

About the Triangle J Council of Governments

The Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) is the lead regional planning organization for North Carolina’s Region J, encompassing Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake Counties. TJCOG leads regional planning and collaborative efforts in land use and infrastructure, water resources, energy efficiency, waste reduction and air quality. The organization also coordinates county-based services for the region’s aging population across the seven-county region. For more about TJCOG, go to www.tjcog.org.

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