Scheduled for May 10th, the Green Natties: First Annual Sustainable Business Awards, co-sponsored by LifeCity, LLC, Natural Awakenings Magazine and the New Orleans Chamber Foundation, is a live ceremony recognizing outstanding sustainable businesses in New Orleans. For the past year, 60 diverse companies in the Greater New Orleans Region have received a full sustainability assessment, set goals, and worked hard to improve their overall social and environmental impact in our community. Some of these businesses, will be recognized for their outstanding achievement at the Ceremony, including successful sustainable improvements that have helped businesses directly save money while improving their impact on our community. "We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Green Games, as we have significantly improved our company’s operations to encourage environmental sustainability over the past year," said Julian Thomas, President of Joule Energy, a local solar company. "We look forward to the Ceremony and are keeping our fingers crossed!" The Green Natties Selection committee, who will choose the winners of the Competition, include policy leaders such as City Council Member Susan Guidry and Charles Allen the Director of the City's Coastal and Environmental Affairs, sustainable business leaders such as Jon Guidroz of Free-Flow Power, and other business leaders and advocates of social entrepreneurship, such as Andrea Chen of Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans, and Lina Alfieri Stern, Associate Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. The ceremony on May 10 will recognize and reward those businesses that have achieved the greatest success in their efforts to improve their social and environmental impact. In the five business sectors: restaurant, office, manufacturing, retail and nonprofit; two awards will be given: Most Improved and Best Overall. Additionally, one business will be recognized across sectors for Innovation, Partnership, Profit-Strategy, and Equity. The Natties, the physical awards, are pieces of art made from recycled materials. The ceremony will include food from restaurants and vendors that specialize in local, sustainably harvested food, one free drink for all attendees thanks to Mar-go-Rita's, and music highlighted by the Latin sounds of Freddy Omar. LifeCity will also present a film project dedicated to the contestants and showcasing their efforts in order to support this event in rivalring the Academy Awards and co-hosted by local comedy sketch group, the Stupid Time Machine. Most importantly, the evening is to be a celebration of the local business leaders in our community who have made great strides to build a more sustainable New Orleans. “The Green Natties is our chance to show the rest of the city the boundless possibilities of green business,” says Founder and CSO of LifeCity, LLC, who organized all business assessments for the Competition. The Green Natties will begin with a Patron Party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., that will include a silent auction to help raise funds for next year's Green Games. Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Eiffel Society, the event will feature a very special awards ceremony punctuated by several speakers, including pending keynote State Representative Walter Ledger. Best of all, the participants of the Green Games have a chance to come together, get to know each other, and celebrate their combined endeavor to make sustainable business practices a normal part of the workday. LifeCity, the Chamber Foundation, and Natural Awakenings invites all individuals in the community to join the celebration. Purchase tickets online at:http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event The Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501c3 organization. The amount of your donation is deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes, and limited to the excess of the contribution over the value of the goods and services by the Chamber of Commerce, or $40.