Environment
3:33 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Local Organizations Set the Bar High for Sustainability

Several local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals were honored this week for their exemplary contributions to sustainability in Forsyth County.  

The Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center held their first annual Sustainable Business Awards Wednesday evening at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, SECCA.

There were four winners and four honorable mentions. Megan Anderson is chair of the sustainable business awards. She says the nominees had to complete an application and show measurable outcomes. Anderson says some of the areas used during the judging process included waste prevention, recycling and transportation. 

Megan Anderson explains why some of the award winners were chosen.

Besides Wexford Development and The Triad Community Kitchen, Inside Out Designs also won a sustainable business award. Marcus Wright, a Wake Forest University Professor won the Spirit of the Community Award for his efforts in helping start many sustainability initiatives in the area.  

Each winner received a hand-made glass award made out of re-purposed materials by The Olio in Winston-Salem. The Olio is a non-profit hot glassblowing program for youth and the community.

Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center’s 2013 Business Sustainability Award Winners:

-Marcus Wright: Wake Forest University Professor (SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD)

-Inside Out Designs: (SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (1-50 EMPLOYEES)

-Triad Community Kitchen: (SUSTAINABLE NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR)

-Wexford Development, LLC:  (SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (51+)

Honorable Mentions:

Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden:

Gallins Family Farm

Old Salem Gardens of Old Salem, Inc.

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind

Nominees:

Beta Verde

Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden

Caterpillar

Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability; WFU

Cobblestone Farmers Market

Dry Cleaning Central

Inside Out Designs

Eco Revolution

Gallins Family Farm

Goodwill industries of Northwest North Carolina

G.W. Holland Homes

Keep Winston Salem Beautiful, Inc.

Marcus Wright  

Old Salem Gardens of Old Salem, Inc.

Piedmont Environmental Alliance

S.G. Atkins CDC

Triad Community Kitchen

USGBC Triad Branch

West End Mill Works/ Krankies

Wildfire

Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc.

Wexford Development LLC of Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind