Dec. 22nd Deadline for Nominations — 2011 Green Plus North American Sustainable Enterprise Awards

Presenting sponsor: GlaxoSmithKlineEach year, the Institute for Sustainable Development recognizes a number of smaller enterprises, chambers of commerce, and cities for their exceptional sustainability efforts and for the example they set for other organizations at the Green Plus North American Sustainable Enterprise Awards. The awards are presented by GlaxoSmithKline and hosted by The Research Triangle Park Foundation in North Carolina Friday, February 25.
Click here to nominate a smaller enterprise for a Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Award
Deadline for Nominations: December 22, 2010 (Midnight)
The Institute presents Green Plus Sustainable Chamber and Green Plus Sustainable City Awards in partnership with Partnerships for Livable Communities and Next American Cities. Nominations are due December 15; Finalists will be announced February 25th, and Awards made in spring, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
  • Click here to nominate a Chamber of Commerce for the Green Plus Sustainable Chamber Award
  • Click here to nominate a City for the Green Plus Sustainable City Award Back

More on the Green Plus The Sustainable Enterprise Awards
The Institute for Sustainable Development is a non-profit partnership to help smaller enterprises and their communities become more sustainable, foster a new generation of sustainability leaders, and to promote dialogues about the theory and practice of sustainability across cultures. Green Plus, the Institute’s flagship program, exists to educate, connect, and reward small enterprises in their triple bottom line efforts.

Nominee Rules

  • Any smaller enterprise (an organization of under 500 employees) in the United States or Canada may be nominated for a Green Plus North American Sustainable Enterprise Award
  • Nominee organizations may be from the private, non-profit or public sector as long as they fit the award size criteria (under 500 employees)
  • There is no fee to be nominated
  • There is no required membership in any organization to be nominated
  • Winners of juried Green Plus North American Sustainable Enterprise Awards may not win a juried award two years in a row
  • Nominees may not be related to or have an existing business relationship with staff or board members of the Institute for Sustainable Development

Nomination Guidelines

Green Plus is not only a ‘green’ (environmental) program — it is an effort to encourage a balanced approach to community engagement, environmental stewardship and good business management generally. Through Green Plus, the Institute strives to help smaller enterprises learn from one another as well as from experts and specifically seeks to celebrate enterprises that are trailblazers — innovating sustainable practices that one might not associate with a given business sector. (Click here to learn about the 2010 Green Plus NASE winners).

The 2010 Green Plus NASE categories included the

  • NC Research Triangle Park Green Plus Sustainabile Enterprise of the Year
  • Wells Fargo Green Plus Small Business of the Year
  • Green Plus Medium Sized Business of the Year
  • Green Plus Non-Profit of the Year
  • Green Plus Sole Proprietor of the Year

In addition, the Institute recognized three chambers of commerce for their leadership in promoting sustainable economies in their regions.

Background on the Institute for Sustainable Development

The mission of the Institute for Sustainable Development is to democratize triple bottom line sustainability by making it accessible to smaller employers and their communities, fostering a new generation of sustainability leaders, and developing a common understanding of sustainability principles across cultures.

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 Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School to develop a business plan to address this problem. This plan led to the development of Green Plus, a program that provides training, networking, and recognition for small businesses and non-profits working toward becoming more competitive and sustainable. The Institute Partners with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives to make the program accessible to its U.S. and Canadian chamber of commerce partners and their members.

A vital part of Green Plus is providing real-life experiences to university students in the area of business and sustainability by connecting the students with real organizations engaged with these issues. The Institute trains interdisciplinary teams of graduate students and professionals to provide practical, affordable tools and assistance to help smaller enterprises and their communities become stronger, healthier, and more competitive. To date, over 140 small businesses and non-profits in more than 18 U.S. states have benefited from the Green Plus program.

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