ANNOUNCING: Winners and Finalists of the 5th Annual Green Games Awards Gala

GG 2016 Award plaque design GOld_outlinesThe winners of the 5th annual Green Games were announced Thursday night at the Green Games Awards Gala! Below is a complete list of the winners, finalists, and our selection committee who helped award Excellence (for overall leadership as a sustainable organization) and Emerging Leadership (for vast improvements over the last year).

The winners of the Excellence award will also be awarded $500 to go toward sustainability improvements in the 2016-2017 year.

Thank you to our sponsors who made the evening possible: 


  • The Taylor Center
  • Posthlethwaite & Netterville
  • Cox Communications
  • Sheraton New Orleans


  • AMCREF Community Capital
  • Antares Technology Solutions
  • Empire Services
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • HRI Properties
  • The Vivelan Group
  • Valero Energy Foundation

**See all the photos from the Green Games Awards Gala here!**

Ecosystem and Environmental Services


Selection Committee Members: Jared Genova & Colleen McHugh, City of New Orleans Office of Resiliency and Sustainability

Excellence: Friends of Lafitte Greenway

Executive Director: Sophie Harris

Excerpt from application: Successfully advocated and contributed to the development of the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6 mile linear green corridor and multi-use trail.

Emerging Leadership: The Green Project

20160512GreenGames20167070smExecutive Director: Sean Vissar

Excerpt from application: We single handedly take on a task every single day that the city, state and federal governments are not subsidizing or outright funding. Every dollar made in our store and every dollar spent on responsibly recycling paint is directly from our valued community!

Other Finalists:

Greater New Orleans Inc., Global Green, Gulf Restoration Network, Water Works

Food & Entertainment

Selection Committee Member: Carmen Sunda, Louisiana Small Business Development Center

20160512GreenGames20167123Excellence: Latrobe’s on Royal

Manager: Milli Adler

Excerpt from application: Eco “dry” carpet cleaning – saving water and chemicals. Composting pick up – for kitchen & dining room. Recycling to-go utensils and reuse for bride & grooms. No more styrofoam to go containers.

Working with community partners to find solutions to French Quarter environmental issues.

20160512GreenGames20167103Emerging Leadership: WWOZ 90.7FM

Underwriting & Sponsorship Manager: Melanie Merz

Excerpt from application:


Two pledge drives (11-day periods) have been completed with composting, re-usable cups to be washed, and on-air/internal discussions about sustainability and WWOZ impact. WWOZ is working to become more of a voice for green and sustainable measures.

Other Finalists:

Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen, Other Bar, Casa Borrega

Retail & Design Services

Selection Committee Member: Ella Delio, Greater New Orleans Foundation

20160512GreenGames20167145Excellence: Hollygrove Market & Farm

Manager: Angelina Harrison

Excerpt from application: In the past year, we have increased our sales to low income/low access individuals by 73% over 2014 (as measured through gross sales to neighborhood residents, SNAP recipients and Veggie Rx recipients).

Emerging Leadership: InNOLA Events & Design

Owner: Maria Maginnis

Excerpt from ap20160512GreenGames20167133plication: I know that by sharing and spreading the word on sustainability that our company is helping the community as a whole. We are a leader in sustainability because we are working hard as a company to do the small changes that will eventually make a big difference!

Other Finalists:

GoodWood NOLA, Tchoup Industries, ZukaBaby + KINDRED Studios

Schools & Churches

Selection Committee Member: Lina Alfieri Stern, Tulane University Business School

20160512GreenGames20167161Excellence: St. Martin’s Episcopal School

Director of Innovation: Garrett Mason

Excerpt from application: We prepare students to thrive in college and in life through faith, scholarship and service. We eliminated styrofoam, incorporate sustainability into our curriculum, take environmental fieldtrips, and are beginning to reduce bottled water through water filtration systems.

Emerging Leadership: Belle Chasse Academy

Garden Coordinator: Sam Downing

20160512GreenGames20167153Excerpt from application: 

Our School Garden Coordinator has taught a “How to Save the Planet One Paper Towel at A Time” interactive seminar to every classroom in grades 5-8, approximately 450 students. The seminar taught students how to dry their hands with only a single paper towel. Surveys have shown paper towel usage has been reduced among those students by approximately 50%.

Other Finalists:

Rayne Memorial UMC, First Grace UMC


Selection Committee Member: Dane Gross, Incline Innovation

20160512GreenGames20167194Excellence: Lighthouse Louisiana

Services Manager: Marlene Campos-Cannon

Excerpt from application:

In 2015 we expanded our opportunities for individuals with disabilities by increasing our partnerships and placing employees with disabilities in jobs across the Southeast Louisiana region. We hosted our first disability employment symposium and Life City partners like NATCO partnered with us for the first time.

Emerging Leadership: Landrieu Concrete & Cement Industries

20160512GreenGames20167184Owner: Renee Landrieu

Excerpt from application: 

We have optimized our concrete mix designs so that we do not use any excess materials. We have implemented a wellness program for all employees. We purchased 6 new ready mix trucks which are more environmentally friendly.

Other Finalists:

NOLA Brewing

Building & Energy Services

Selection Committee Member: Cory Sparks, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

20160512GreenGames20167221Excellence: Energy Wise

Education Manager: Emily Snyder

Excerpt from application:

We’ve expanded dramatically to reach 3,500 school age students in Orleans Parish with energy efficiency education and a take home kit for parents.

Emerging Leadership: Bart’s Office, Inc.

Owner: Courtney Davis

20160512GreenGames20167204Excerpt from application: 

A significant impact on local schools through donated furniture. Also to the weekly donations to Habitat that directly support the local community. We are most proud of the environmental impact of redirecting tens of thousands lbs. of equipment and furniture to prevent from ending up in a landfill.

Other Finalists:

Greenman Dan, Joule Energy, Green Star Roof Coatings, Pure Water Technology, Star Service

Health & Human Services

Selection Committee Member: Dave Denny, Drinkle3

20160512GreenGames20167249Excellence: Project Lazarus

Operations Director: Kathleen Welch

Excerpt from application:

Our clients often back slide once they arrive in permanent housing and leave our facility. We are now working to expand our programming, and create an aftercare program that will track our client’s long term and offer support once they leave our facility. The goals are long-term sustainability and wellness for our clients. We are well on our way, and posed to create some very long-term gains for people living in poverty in this community.

20160512GreenGames20167237Emerging Leadership: New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation

Managing Director: Erica Dudas

Excerpt from application: 

We are most proud of our community wellness initiative, the NOMC Water Challenge. We designed an NOMC water bottle that we distribute by donation to community members (all funds raised go toward patient care at the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic) and provide information on how much water to drink each day to stay hydrated and healthy– we have an online support group and weekly emails to participants encouraging people to drink enough water in a day and stay hydrated, especially during the hot New Orleans Summers.


Clear the Clutter, Living Wild and Precious, Edward Jones, PlayBuild NOLA


People’s Choice Award: Bart’s Office, Inc. Congratulations on winning a year of free membership to LifeCity!