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.
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.
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.
Ridgefield Energy Task Force
BPC Green Builders
◗ 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