Green America is proud to launch the fifth seasonal round of our People & Planet Awards, the beginning of our second year-long cycle of awarding 12 innovative leaders of the green business movement.
The People & Planet Award from Green America recognizes businesses for their dedication to a green economy: a bottom line that includes protecting workers, communities, and the environment. Seasonally, we award three $5,000 cash prizes in a range of green-business categories, such as clean energy and local community action.
This summer, we'll be honoring green businesses that take extraordinary steps to create ethical apparel. We’re collecting nominations through July 2.
Tell us both how your business is a general sustainability leader and how you're leading in ensuring a healthy, green, sweatshop-free supply chain for clothing.
From the nominations, our panel of green business experts will select 10 finalists. We’ll share the stories of the finalists, and conduct a run-off vote for three winners who will each receive a prize of $5,000. We’ll announce the winners later in the summer. See our gallery of previous winners.
Good luck to all of the nominees! And congratulations to our winners of the People & Planet Award for outstanding leadership in sustainable food. Check them out below:
The Chile Woman
When a tornado struck the Chile Woman in 2011, she found the silver lining: "I was too heavily wooded for solar before the tornado but I lost so much of my old growth tree cover that solar became a possibility," she says. As an organic, non-GMO chile grower for more than 20 years, Susan Wesland maintains an heirloom seed bank of more than 1800 chile pepper varieties. She plans to use her winnings to install a cistern, and to launch a small store for locally made spicy food products. Full story »
Green City Growers
Since 2008, Green City Growers has installed more than 400 raised-bed rooftop gardens on homes, businesses, schools, and restaurants in Massachusetts. The company is slated to begin maintaining the largest rooftop farm in New England for a Whole Foods store in the summer of 2013. The garden is expected to yield up 11,000 pounds of produce a year. "We plan on using our winnings to invest in a more environmentally friendly vehicle," says CEO and founder Jessie Benhazl. Full story »
Love & Carrots
Love & Carrots is an organic gardening service which teaches families, businesses, and organizations how to grow their own food (including honey!). All Love & Carrots gardens incorporate conservation principles like companion planting, nutrient cycling, and water-saving drip line irrigation that benefit the surrounding ecosystem. "We are excited to devote the prize money to creating a larger composting system for the organic waste from our gardens," says founder Meredith Sheperd. Full story »
Congratulations to our additional Spring 2013 Finalists:
|Alter Eco, San Francisco, CA||Flying J Farm, Johnstown, OH|
|Archi's Acres, Escondido, CA||Frankferd Farms Foods, Norwell, MA|
|Blue Ridge Produce, Elkwood, VA||in.gredients, Austin, TX|
|Clean Fish, San Francisco, CA|