The People & Planet Awards from Green America recognize 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 season of $5,000 awards* celebrated businesses committed to green travel and transportation; our finalists included cargo-bike manufacturers, green travel agencies, a bio-diesel fueling station, and two amazing eco-inns.
Winners of the People & Planet Award in Green Travel and Transportation
This round of the Awards focused on green businesses that have a strong commitment to Green Travel and Transportation.
Meet the winners:
Pamela Miedtke-Wolf, co founder of Bio-Beetle ECO Rental Cars in Kahului, HI says the People & Planet Award will go toward investing in a new car for their biodiesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and 100-percent electric rental fleet. Also, since Bio-Beetle devotes a portion of all sales toward animal rescue and sheltering on the island of Maui, Pamela points out that "$5,000 will buy a lot of cat food!" Full story »
“We owe a big thanks to our partner restaurants who provide us with waste veggie oil, our environmentally conscious investors, our community supporters, and our drivers and staff," says Marc Dreyfors, founding manager of Greenway Transit. Based in Durham, NC, Greenway Transit is the first and only transport company in the Southeast to provide services in vehicles run exclusively on human energy (pedi-cabs) or biofuels (buses, shuttles, vans). Greenway will use the People & Planet funds to do community outreach on the benefits of biodiesel and on environmental justice issues. Full story »
Milkweed Mercantile Eco-Inn
Please join us in congratulating all of our Fall 2013 People & Planet winners and finalists at our People & Planet Winners Gallery.
We can accept nominations now for the next round of the People & Planet contest, for businesses with an extraordinary commitment to greener and healthier homes. Find further nominating suggestions and instructions here; we're collecting nominations through the first full week of January.