2009 'Sustainable Seal' Award Winners Announced

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12 remarkable organizations are this year's recipients of GECKO's 'Sustainable Seal' awards. While diverse in terms of organizational arrangement, mission alignment, & geographical territory; they share a common commitment to ecological Sustainability that distinguishes them all.

What do a State Environmental Management Agency, a Housing Authority, a video training company based in Florida, an 11,000 employee firm based in Scotland, a nationwide chamber of commerce, and an elite number of exceptional small businesses have in common? Not much - except they are committed to advancing green initiatives in innovative & exciting ways and they are this year's recipients of the '2009 Sustainable Seal'.

The 3 themes in this year's selection criteria were Sustainable Innovation, Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service, & Sustainable Organizational Leadership. This year's Sustainable Seal award winners are:

  • Applied Science Associates - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'
  • Chamber of Sustainability - for 'Sustainable Innovation'
  • Earth Savers Institute - for 'Sustainable Innovation'
  • EcoWise Systems - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'
  • Kite Architects - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'
  • Mabbett & Associates - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'
  • Mockingbird Design - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'
  • Nail Communications - for 'Sustainable Innovation'
  • Portsmouth Abbey School - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'
  • Providence Housing Authority - for 'Sustainable Organizational Leadership'
  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'
  • Southside Community Land Trust - for 'Commitment to Sustainable Altruistic Service'

GECKO's Chairman, George O'Loughlin, congratulated this year's award winners by saying that "Due to your organization's exemplary commitment to Sustainability in 2009, it has been awarded the Sustainable Seal designation for the remainder of 2009. You are members of a very elite award pool. Only 12 organizations received the 'Sustainable Seal' for 2009." He went on to say that "No one organization can change everything that needs to be changed. Each individual organization needs to 'patrol its' own area' & engage in environmental stewardship themselves - this is the level of commitment that our shared ecological challenge requires of us. Our Sustainable Seal Award Winners this year demonstrated the levels of thought leadership, corporate kindness, & organizational commitment necessary to address their piece of the eco-puzzle."

GECKO is a 501(C)3 (tax exempt) non-profit corporation dedicated to helping businesses, government agencies, & non-profits become better stewards of the environment. The organization views this mission as a critically necessary approach toward solving the global climate crisis. GECKO is committed to being an active educator that is on the forefront of:

  •     Environmental Business Practice Assessment
  •     Preliminary Green Change Planning
  •     Advanced Green Change Planning
  •     Green Change Implementation Assistance
  •     Results Testing


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