Our finalists included green architects and builders, sellers of green-home and green-pet products, and sustainable pest control.
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 and Healthy Homes.
Winners of the People & Planet Award in Green and Healthy Homes
“We are happy to be recognized for our work helping central Ohio homeowners and businesses go solar and reduce the impact of climate change," says Kevin Eigel, president of Ecohouse. "We will use the prize money to help put up a solar electric system for the Third Hand Bike Co-op, a local nonprofit organization that makes cycling accessible for everyone in central Ohio."
Nancy Vasquez Louth, manager of the Green Broom Brigade cooperative in Lompoc, CA, says the women of the cooperative will use the award to expand beyond their green-cleaning service's current residential focus. "Winning this prize money will definitely give us the opportunity to purchase needed equipment so that we can expand into commercial cleaning using our same green-friendly products,” she says.
And finally, Ruthie Mundell, outreach manager at Community Forklift in Edmonston, MD, says the award will help tidy things up around their overflowing reuse/salvage/home-improvement center. "We've recently been offered unfinished space in a nearby warehouse," she says. The prize money can help clean and fix it up. We can finally explore some exciting possibilities – like paint recycling, an upcycling workshop, or job training in deconstruction!"
The spring 2014 People & Planet Award will feature ten finalists selected by a team of financial professionals at community development banks and credit unions across the US, from among their green-business clients. See their choices and vote for your favorites here, starting May 1.
Judges for this season's awards program include: Katie Galloway & Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar; Bena Burda, Maggie's Organics; Alline Anderson, Milkweed Mercantile; Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley; Eric Henry, TS Designs; Reed Doyle, Seventh Generation; and Fran Teplitz & Andrew Korfhage, Green America. Thank you to our panel!