Thursday, March 6, 2014 marked the fifth celebration of Cincinnati’s Green Business Awards. The ballroom of the Sharonville Convention Center was crowded with sustainability advocates and innovators, waiting eagerly to see who would receive awards in four categories: advocacy, green building, green practice, and product/service. Guests mingled in the exhibit space around wonderful appetizers by Ovations Catering, perusing booths from leading green companies, including Melink, Mulitcraft, Full Throttle and Juice Plus.
Gold sponsors for the event were Melink and Multicraft, with Duke Energy, PNC Bank, and the Sharonville Convention Center as Silver sponsors. Leaders from the USGBC Central Ohio Chapter oversaw the judging and selection process.
USGBC Cincinnati Regional Board President Mary Beth McGrew spoke of the Green Business Awards as a fertile ground for discussion and a way to imagine a better future and continued innovation.
“Stimulating these discussions, establishing priorities and implementing activities that will increase environmental awareness, reduce pollution and conserve natural resources is the potential power of the Green Business Awards,” she told the audience.
The winners were then announced. Out of 41 finalists, 13 were chosen as winners for their accomplishments in the sustainability field.
In Green Advocacy, winners were Cincinnati Public Schools Safe Routes to School Program, Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for funding the Taking Root Tree Planting Campaign.
Green Building winners were All About Kids Childcare Facilities and the University of Cincinnati’s 4 million gallon Thermal Storage Tank.
In Product/Service, winners were Bonfiglioli USA, Eco Engineering, Sol Design + Consulting, and ReSource.
Green Practice winners were MillerCoors, Mac’s Pizza, Cincinnati Public Schools Single Stream Recycling Program, and the Cincinnati Zoo’s Base Camp Cafe.
The beautiful awards were crafted by Brazee Street Studios School of Glass, using handmade glass in kilns that source 20% of their power from the sun.
At the end of the night everyone went home with a sense of accomplishment, as the Mayor of Sharonville reminded us that “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” but that helping our community and our planet is well worth the effort.
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See Business Courier Event Coverage and Photo Album here.