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Green Awards 2020

The Green Awards recognize businesses, non-profits, and individuals who are leading the local fight to protect the environment while also creating a sustainable community. Winners highlighted here, as well as the 22 Honorable Mention winners.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Bedford 2020 // bedford2020.org

In 2009 Bedford 2020 set out to reduce the carbon emissions by the town of Bedford, New York, 20 percent by the year 2020. It is now 2020. They succeeded in this mission and have become a leader for other communities by creating a manual that includes energy efficiency, food & agriculture, transportation, waste & recycling, and water & land use.

 

WINNERS

1. Business or non-profit whose primary focus is producing or selling innovative green products, providing innovative green services, and/or promoting a green lifestyle.

Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative // hvatoday.org

Active since 2008, Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative is a network of 33 conservation organizations in Northwest Connecticut, a leader among the burgeoning movement of Regional Conservation Partnerships working across town and state borders to bring leverage and strength to landscape-scale environmental initiatives and realize efficiencies in sharing resources. By sharing and leveraging monetary and personnel resources, Greenprint has realized accelerated and increased conservation impact across a 29-town area.

 

2. Businesses or non-profit organizations that have significantly incorporated green practices or products into their culture and operations.

Litchfield Distillery // litchfielddistillery.com

Since launching Litchfield Distillery five years ago, Jack, David, and Peter Baker have operated the business with sustainability as a key pillar of their operational strategy. Included in the “Batchers’ Manifesto” is the phrase “Protect the Environment.” Day to day, the pursuit of sustainability can be seen in their sourcing strategy, which in 2019 became 100 percent Connecticut-grown for its bourbon line. The “Farm-to-Bottle-to-Farm” philosophy guides them to return spent mash grains back to local farmers who mix it with feed for their livestock. Perhaps, the most significant sustainability accomplishment in 2019 was the installation of 174 panels on the roof of the distillery, providing close to 100 percent of the distillery’s electricity needs.

 

3. Individuals who are actively promoting and living a green lifestyle.

Alex Toombs, Toombs Creative // toombscreative.com

Alex Toombs leads Toombs Creative, an eco-friendly marketing company that works exclusively with eco and socially conscious businesses to streamline communications so ethical business can impact the world on a larger scale. From reducing her reliance on a car for transport, to reducing her use of plastics and packaging, to eating a plant-slant diet, Toombs lives her mission. She also does what she can to use her platform to educate others about how to tread more lightly on our planet. She routinely uses her social media and networking connections to educate others.

 

JUDGES

Ben Oko
Ridgefield Energy Task Force

Mike Trolle
BPC Green Builders

Nick Skeadas
Curbside Compost

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Barts Tree Service
On the front line of climate change

Ridgefield Apartments
Green Building Standard Gold Designation

Paul Miller Nissan
completely solar on its entire rooftop

Harbor Harvest
a hybrid boat to ship across the Sound

MowGreen Organic Lawn Care
all-electric, zero-emission lawn care

BD Provisions
No-waste, bulk sales of food and coffee

Food Rescue – Fairfield County
reducing food waste to landfills

NaturalAnnie Essentials
soy-based, clean-burning candle

Byrde + the b
non-toxic shampoo and body wash.

Aspetuck Land Trust Green Corridor
groundbreaking landowner outreach

Indaba & Excelsior Wines
grape integrity and authenticity

DeCicco & Sons
energy-efficient, clean supermarkets

Eco Lustre
sustainable jewelry production

Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital
reduced paper consumption

Tracey Miller Associates LLC
ecological landscape design

The Ridgefield Thrift Shop
Repurposing donated goods

Wilton Go Green
the forefront of the Zero Waste movement

Invasive Project – Pound Ridge
Educating about invasive plants

Pound Ridge Organics
Feeding and educating the community

Pound Ridge Pride Day
Using knowledge to inspire and lead

Eugene’s Green Garage
Eco-friendly auto service garage

Kimberly Burke
advising through her business Tecknow

 

 

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