These 23 Sustainability Heroes, Projects, and Organizations Are Deserving of Global Leadership

These 23 Sustainability Heroes, Projects, and Organizations Are Deserving of Global Leadership

Announcing the Business Intelligence Group’s 2017 Sustainability Awards Winners


PHILADELPHIA, October 12, 2017—Today, the Business Intelligence Group announced the winners in the 2017 Sustainability Awards program. The Sustainability Awards honor those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice. For-profit and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes submitted nominations to reward team members and gain exposure for the organization, its initiatives, and the exemplary accomplishments of its leaders as they work to reduce their impact on our environment.

“Sustainability is no longer a business decision calculated solely by ROI. It’s a business mandate,” said Russ Fordyce, managing director of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are so proud to reward and recognize all of our winners and finalists, as they provide a benchmark for corporate citizenship concerning sustainability and the protection of our environment.”

The 2017 Sustainability Award winners are:

Sustainability Hero

Seth Kursman, Resolute Forest Products

Sustainability Initiatives of the Year

  • AT&T’s 10x Carbon Reduction Goal
  • Humanscale’s Living Product Challenge Certification
  • Oracle’s California Water Conservation Project
  • Rayton Solar
  • SBM Management Services’ Recycling Program, Labeling and Standardization Project
  • SL Green Realty Corp., for supporting tenant participation in the NYC Mayor’s Carbon Challenge
  • TerraCycle, Procter & Gamble, and SUEZ for the first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic

Sustainability Leadership Awards

  • Air Canada    
  • Humanscale  
  • Mission Linen Supply
  • SCS Global Services
  • Workiva

Sustainability Products of the Year

  • ADEC Innovations’ CleanChain
  • Dow Polyurethane’s VORAGUARD
  • Dow Water and Process Solutions’ FILMTEC™ FORTILIFE™ Elements
  • The Dow Chemical Company and the Koehler Paper Group for ROPAQUE™ NT-2900 Opaque Polymer for BLUE 4EST™ Thermal Paper
  • Enablon
  • SodaStream  
  • Xeros’ the Symphony Project 

Sustainability Services of the Year

  • Ecolab’s Water Risk Monetizer
  • iQor’s Sustainability 2020

The judges also named several finalists, Agilent Technologies’ Intuvo 9000 and Oil-Free GC/MSD, Digital Realty, VAI, ARIIX’s Puritii Water Filtration System, Primo Water Corporation’s Pre-filled Exchange Water & Self-Service, Ingersoll Rand’s Next Generation R-Series Compressor, and Dow Building & Construction’s ECOGROUND Green Athletic Tracks and Playgrounds.

The Business Intelligence Group thanks the all-volunteer panel of executives, who gave of their time and expertise to read, analyze, score, and provide feedback to our nominees. They are:

  • Jesse Anderson, Blanton Turner
  • Emily Davis, DHL
  • Dawn Emling, Thomson Reuters
  • Frances Fay, Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Kelsey Hallowell, Reduction in Motion
  • David Harding-Brown, 1HQ Brand Agency
  • Kristina Joss, Salterbaxter, MSLGROUP
  • Rosie Kang, Willdan
  • Beth Keel, San Antonio Housing Authority
  • Bomin Kim, Sasaki Associates
  • Ron Loch, G&S Communications
  • Justine Mouron, GreenDinosaur.org
  • Patti Olenick, Weis Markets
  • Tina Owens, Kashi
  • Joe Parisi, TD Bank
  • Josh Richards, First Potomac Realty Trust
  • Kelly Vickers, Alliance Residential Company
  • Jeff Wilkinson, General Electric
  • Jeffrey Yorzyk, Green Chef

Also, the company announced a deadline extension for nominations in the annual BIG Awards for Business. They are now due October 20, 2017.

About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

Maria Jimenez
Chief Nominations Officer
Business Intelligence Group
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Giving BIG Thanks to Those Who Give to Our Community

Huge “Thank you” and congratulations to Chuck Brooks and Tony Pham 

As we enter the holiday season, especially November when we give thanks, the generosity of our judges never ceases to amaze us. These executives are the ones who volunteer their time to help with our effort to shine light on the successes of others. Our business award programs rely on these individuals so to them we simply say, “Thank you!”

Our volunteer and crowd-sourced judging panel is made up of people from all walks of life, from start-up founders to CEOs of major corporations in technology to textiles and everything in between. This diverse group and its judges’ dedication to providing valuable private and public feedback, brings value to our nominees.

A few of our judges have recently been recognized for their own achievements. May this article shed a bit more light on their work, and serve as a small token of our sincere appreciation for their leadership.

Chuck Brooks: Man of Many Hats Gets Well-Deserved Award from LinkedIn

Where Chuck Brooks finds time is a mystery. By day, he is Vice President of Government Relations and Marketing for Sutherland Global Services, one of the leading business process optimization organizations on the planet, and in his spare time he is part of the New and Emerging Technologies Committee for CompTIA, one of the largest technology industry trade groups. He is also an advisor to Homeland Security and serves on the boards of more than a few startups and non-profits.

If that wasn’t enough, in September, judge Chuck Brooks was named as the #2 in the 5 Tech Voices Your Should be Following on LinkedIn. In her article, Meghan Brockmeyer noted, “Chuck focuses core content on security, but isn’t afraid to include content tangentially related to core subject matter (e.g. a post focused on mastering the art of influence in Washington, D.C.) which incorporates fresh/unexpected content to help keep readers interested and foster conversation.”

Tony Pham Sells Out of Coin 2.0, Gets Acquired by Fitbit, Joins Gear Launch

To those of you who do not know Coin, do you live under a rock? The Coin revolution launched with more organic press than anything we had ever seen. The concept was simple, and a stroke of genius--one credit card programmed to be all your cards! 

After a successful launch, the team led by judge Tony Pham bested their initial effort by quickly selling out of their 2.0 product and a few days later they announced the acquisition of the company by none other than the leader in wearable tech, Fitbit! 

Tony is now on to bigger and better things, bringing his leadership and skills to Gear Launch, a new eCommerce platform designed to make it incredibly easy for companies to not only start selling online but also have on demand manufacturing and customer service capabilities. Good luck Tony, not that you will need it!

These are just two examples of the leadership and excellence of our judges and we are proud to be associated with them. While we can’t tell you here all the stories of greatness that our judges deserve (we wish we could), you can easily follow their work on Twitter and subscribe to our list

Anatomy of an Award-Winning Tweet

The 2016 BIG Awards for Business winners trophy

The 2016 BIG Awards for Business winners trophy

So you won! Congratulations!! But what now? Well, many organizations use a business award win as a launching point for a targeted marketing campaign, usually starting with a tweet or two!

So with the 2016 BIG Awards for Business trophies hitting winners doorsteps and receptionist's counters, now is a good time to think about all that you can do with that shiny new award.

Good news, we actually have been doing this a while so we wrote the "Business Award Checklist" that you can download and put to use immediately. You'll find tips on where to place the award logo digitally, like did you remember your Glassdoor page? Or maybe you should get window clings made for all your trucks!

So without any further delay, lets look at some of the good tweets winners have posted to amplify and extend the buzz of their win!

What makes a good tweet?

The guru's at marketing automation company Freshlime approach was simple! Not to shabby!

Lucy Iron Fish got a little more creative and made sure their product imagery was front and center! Nice job with the hashtags too! BTW if you are not tracking them, check out the great coverage on Mashable!

The ClearSlide team keeps on winning and it is clear why, their professional approach with this awesome group shot shows their real spirit. Give credit where credit is due and add some personality! Well done team!

Put it all together and you get a shot with personality plus a close up of the trophy! And a great use of a trending hashtag! Well done Spark PR team. I know I would hire you!