The Grid Earth Project Named Finalist for the Ethics In Business & Community Award

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RecognizeGood® Announces the finalist for the Ethics in Business Award. The Grid Earth Project is recognized for their work in bringing safe solar light to underdeveloped areas forced to use kerosene and other dangerous fuels for light sources, saving lives, improving health, promoting education and economic opportunity.

children trying to study by kerosene light

Kerosene lamps cause millions of deaths annually due to burns and toxic fumes.

This prestigious award recognizes individuals and businesses in Central Texas who have been nominated by the community as exemplary ethical leaders demonstrating outstanding ethical practices and excellent business principles including: respect, fairness, honesty, justice, and sustainability.

The Finalists for the 11th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards are as follows. In the individual category Mark Curry of Wells Fargo, Matt Kouri of Greenlights for Nonprofits Success, and Adrian Mertz of Austin Area Home Health Council. In the nonprofit category the finalists are Active Life, Grid Earth Project, and Impact Austin. Small business finalists include Home Therapy Austin, Square Cow Moovers and Wag-a-bag. And finally, the finalists in the large business category are Frost Bank, IBM, and Texas Disposal Systems.

Nominations were solicited from May 2012 until January 2013. The nominees were vetted by the students of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. Once the students have reviewed the initial applications they narrow the field of nominees to twelve finalists (3 in each category). The students begin a rigorous, in-depth review of each finalist and present their findings to an independent selection committee of business and community leaders to vote on the actual award recipients. The selection committee is led by Don Christian, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas.

All finalists are recognized and the recipients will be announced at the awards luncheon on May 2, 2013 at the AT&T Conference Center. This event is attended each year by hundreds of Texas business leaders with an anticipated 500 attendees this year. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Bobby Jenkins, CEO ABC Home & Commercial Services and Earl Maxwell, CEO St. David’s Foundation. For more information about the event please visit

Proceeds from this event benefit the Samaritan Counseling Center, a non-profit counseling center that provides professional counseling, integrative medicine and community education to prevent and treat abuse, teach healthy life skills, and strengthen families. The Center serves children and adults of all ages who are struggling with a variety of problems such as stress, depression, abuse and addiction. The Samaritan Center’s Hope for Heroes program has received statewide recognition for helping service members and

military families heal the emotional wounds of war and reintegrate back into our community. More information about the Center can be found at

About RecognizeGood®

RecognizeGood intends to (1) illuminate and raise awareness about the good that surrounds our communities, hoping to encourage individuals to commit additional acts of kindness. (2) RecognizeGood promotes the importance of ethical behavior and practices in business and community. (3) RecognizeGood’s long-term ambition is to connect business with community through advanced technology and training, resulting in a stronger, better partnership that includes employees who are themselves residents of the community.

Unlike other philanthropic endeavors, we do not target just one cause. Every month through our premier program, RecognizeGood Legends, we single out an ordinary, extraordinary individual whose selfless deeds inspire their peers and the community at large. Each RecognizeGood Legend receives a $1000 pay-it forward donation in the name of their selected charity. By utilizing traditional and social media, we are able to shine a light, not only on these remarkable individuals, but also on their causes.

The Legends’ sister program, Say Thanks, Austin, provides the Austin Community with an opportunity to share its gratitude for these noble individuals. With $20,000 in total annual awards by RecognizeGood, the event was celebrated with over 16,000 "Say Thanks" votes in 2013.

The Business iN Community program was designed to create an association of Socially Responsible Businesses, striving to instill within our community an attitude where ethical practices, humanitarian efforts and simple kindness are celebrated, encouraged and embraced.

RecognizeGood is the joint, non-profit effort of respected Austin businessmen and women, John Bosch Jr. of TyRex Group, Ltd., Bobby Jenkins of ABC Home and Commercial Services, Nancy Blaich of the Samaritan Center of Austin, and Earl Maxwell of the St. David’s Foundation.

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