The nominations are in and the field for this years Green Games has been set!
Overall the nominees are extremely strong and the selection committee will have quite the task on their hands to select this years winners. The competitors will be judged both on what they had accomplished this year as well as on all of the sustainable business practices that they have implemented to date. Awards will be given to the best overall company and to the most improved company. With the Green Natties a little over a week a away let me introduce you to companies competing for recognition as the most sustainable, most impactful, organizations in the Greater New Orleans area.
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The field of restaurants includes any eligible food service establishment. Key impacts made in this area included the use of compostable cups and to go containers as well as the inclusion use of menu items made from local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients. Participants include:
The school category includes any establishment that seeks to educate and develop individuals in the city of New Orleans. Key impacts made in this sector included recycling and compost programs as well as the incorporation of sustainability into teachings curriculum and sustainable purchasing policies.
The office category is a catch all group which includes non-retail businesses across multiple sectors whose core operations were conducted from within their working space. Key impacts in this area were made through conducting energy assessments, upgrading lighting fixtures, installing low-flow water fixtures, and reducing their consumption of office paper.
The services category this year crosses all sectors and includes care givers, solar installers, contractors, gardeners, composters, event venues, and kayakers, but they all had a huge impact on the sustainability of New Orleans. Key impacts were made in offsetting carbon footprints, energy and water conservation, providing quality work environments for their employees.
The retail category includes all brick and mortar operations who sell a good. Key impacts in this area include donating revenue to charity, using recycled content in their products, and greening their supply chains.
The non-profit category includes any eligible 501(c)3 organizations. Key impacts in this area made through partnering with other area organizations to increase their collective impact as well as advocating for more sustainability policy and practices.
The manufacturing & distribution category includes any manufacturer or non-retail distribution operation. Key impacts in this area included sustainable supply chain analysis, energy efficiency assessments and improvements, and partnering with local organizations to provide discounts and benefits for green products.