"The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for."
AWE created an EcoLeadership Advisory Council to establish its EcoLeadership Award, which included: Nancy Everett (Boxwood Design), Harry Furukawa, (SynergyWorks, LLC), Debbie Heimburger (Hill High County Store/Agro-Depot), Jason Holstine (Amicus Green Building Center), Donna Johnson (Post-Newsweek Media), Sarah Mills (Vivazu Communications), David Mizejewski (National Wildlife Federation), Sarah Roussous (Green Alchemy Herb & Mercentile Co./Agro-Depot), and Debra Schwartz (Honest Tea).
At its Annual Workplace Excellence Award Event on June 19, 2008, the AWE presented the first AWE EcoLeadership Award, recognizing visionary employers that are paving the way for environmentally sustainable workplaces. Eco-friendly policies and practices attract talent, increase productivity, reduce costs, improve employee morale and loyalty, and project a strong public image.
Award-winning employers demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability in the following categories:
•Waste Minimization: reducing the impact of waste in all business and production processes (i.e. recycling, equipment purchasing, printing)
•Water Conservation: reduction or re-use (i.e. faucet aerators, water efficient landscaping)
•Pollution Prevention: elimination of toxic and hazardous substances from the workplace and use of environmentally conscious products (i.e. non-toxic cleaning products, biodegradable soap)
•Environmentally-Conscious Travel: reduce or offset travel-related emissions (i.e. transportation incentives, carpooling board, electric, hybrid, or fuel-cell car rentals)
•Energy Efficiency: reduce energy use, streamline operations and contribute to healthier environment (i.e. alternative energy use, carbon offsets)
2019 AWE EcoLeadership Award Recipients