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Where Celebrating Sustainability Is Everyday Business

Posted Mar 22 2013 10:43am
When you have the chief financial officer of a major global corporation* hosting a sustainability awards ceremony given by a metro chamber of commerce and a metro business newspaper, you know you've left tree-hugging behind and moved on to plain old good business sense. And that's what sustainability is doing for my metro area--bringing in and helping grow business through jobs, money, opportunity, innovation, public/private partnerships, and advocacy for positive changes.  

This morning's E3 Awards featured a packed room of people crossing ages, ethnicities, and genders at the Ritz Carlton in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, and a terrific, fast-moving format that featured informative and often-touching short videos of the winners' projects**.

If you are a business owner in metro Atlanta who is committed to principles of sustainability (or learning more about them) and haven't yet joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber , please consider it. These are the people for whom you've been searching. They totally get what you are trying to do--and they celebrate it. (See The Metro Atlanta Chamber Speaks My Language. So I Joined. ) They even created what I think is the most interesting, beautiful award I've seen to date, and almost everyone who received one literally clutched it to their hearts.

For others all over our FoodShed Planet, check out your metro-area's chamber of commerce. You may be pleasantly surprised how at home those of you concerned about sustainability feel there, and how much your metro chamber sees, well, the forest for the trees when it comes to economic sustainability.

* Kurt Kuehn from UPS, and with great flair and humor, I might add

** Here were the nominees, and I indicated the winners in red
Liquid Assets (sustainable water efforts)
Anheuser Busch inBev
Douglas County Google Water Project

Making the Connection (more efficient supply chains)
Georgia Recycling Coalition
Lifecycle Building Center

Built Environment (excellence in building)
Better Building Challenge
Earthcraft Program of Southface
Museum of Design Atlanta

University Strong (advances in sustainable biz/tech/research with institute of higher learning)
Georgia Tech/Radiance Solar/Suniva: Simple BOS Sunshot Project
Southern Capitol (sunstainability incubators/startups)
ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center)

Global Soap Project
Solar Design & Development

Power of Place (initiatives to improve greenspace/neighborhood planning/urban renewal)
Atlanta Beltline, Eastside Trail
Essential Housing
Midtown Alliance

Emerging Leader (fresh ideas/innovation)
Michael Cheyne, City of Atlanta
Anthony Coker, Suniva
Rochelle Routman, Mohawk Group
Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity

Lifetime Achievement Recipient (embraced sustainability, transformed communities/orgs)
Jack Dozier, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Water Professionals
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