Westchester Green Business recognized six exemplary businesses for their achievements in sustainability at the 7th Annual WGB Awards Ceremony that was recently held at The Briarcliff Manor. Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Dr. Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester joined WGB Program Directors Dani Glaser and Scott Fernqvist to recognize a prestigious group of Westchester organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and outstanding achievements in the following categories:
Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Organizational Commitment Award
Port Chester Carver Center
DeCicco & Sons
Waste Management and Green Products Award
Blue Book Building & Construction Network
Land Use & Water Resources Award
United States Tennis Association (USTA)
Over 120 attendees celebrated the commitment that members of Westchester Green Business have shown as they champion efforts towards a renewable future, while staying competitive and reducing operating costs.
“Over the past seven years Westchester Green Business has grown into a national model for how to effectively engage the business community around sustainability issues,” Astorino said. “The program has attracted companies as diverse as the county itself, ranging from small retail shops to large hospitals, universities and multinational corporations. I congratulate all the honorees and applaud their efforts to make a positive impact on the environment and the economy.”
The highly prestigious Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award was presented this year to the Hendrick Hudson Free Library (HHFL). The library was awarded the 2016 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award by The New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries for being the first library in Westchester County to achieve green business certification. Library Director Jill Davis explained how their two-year process toward certification led not only to a greener library, but new opportunities to leverage other funding sources, increase staff and community engagement, and position the library as an industry leader. HHFL embodies the spirit of the Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award by being a tireless proponent of environmental sustainability within their own facility and the community at large.
“This is the eighth year we are recognizing Westchester Businesses for their commitment to sustainability,’’ said Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester. “We are so pleased that this initiative continues to grow and that we now have 83 members and more than 20 businesses who are certified. Congratulations to this year’s honorees for setting a great example.’’
“The magic of the Westchester Green Business program is the way that our members have embraced it and made it their own, creating deep change within their organizations, innovative processes to sustain success and the willingness to serve as leaders by sharing their best practices,” said Dani Glaser, Program Director of Westchester Green Business. “The business community is truly leading the way, clearly demonstrating that a low emissions economy and profitable business go hand in hand.”
Event and program sponsors included Con Edison, NYSERDA, The Westchester Community Foundation, Agera Energy, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Allied Converters, Inc., Atlantic Westchester, Inc., The Blue Book Building & Construction Network, C.W. Brown/LeChase, Diamond Properties, LLC, NewYork-Presbyterian, Reckson, a division of SL Green, Bright Energy Services, Robison Oil, Suburban Carting Company, Yonkers Tennis Center, Heineken, Vino 100 White Plains, Westchester Business Journal.
Westchester Green Business is a Business Council of Westchester program administered in partnership with Westchester County since 2009. The program provides businesses with a turnkey system to successfully integrate sustainable business practices into company operations. Business professionals learn exactly where resources are being wasted and identify opportunities to increase efficiency and save money. Proprietary performance tools are used to calculate the economic and environmental impacts of energy, travel, waste, water and refrigerants in an organization, while staff surveys gauge behavioral impacts. Westchester Green Business participants are recognized as green business leaders across diverse industry sectors.
The county’s largest and most influential business membership organization, The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses build, connect and win. In addition, The Business Council of Westchester is actively involved in reviewing federal, state and county legislation and regulations in order to assess the potential impact on the business community and to influence the outcomes through advocacy when the business community’s interests may be affected. It also acts as an information resource for the business community and government leaders at all levels.
L-R: Tara Seeley, Program Officer, Westchester Community Foundation; Chris Reohr, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA; Dani Glaser, Program Director, Westchester Green Business; John Ravitz, EVP/COO, The Business Council of Westchester; Tony Justic, Partner, Maier, Markey & Justic, LLP; Samuel Kraemer, Excelsior Fellow, NYSERDA; Scott Fernqvist, Program Director, Westchester Green Business; Marsha Gordon, President & CEO, The Business Council of Westchester; Robert P. Astorino, Westchester County Executive; Jane Solnick, Director Westchester Public Affairs, Con Edison