TAMPA — Earth Charter US (ECUS) Sustainable Business Coalition, in partnership with The University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics, will recognize 13 local businesses during the fifth annual Sustainable Business Awards luncheon Friday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center on the UT campus.
Students in the UT MBA program, under the guidance of ECUS founder Jan Roberts, adjunct professor in the Sykes College of Business, and faculty and staff from the Sykes College of Business, developed the criteria for the awards and evaluated the entries. All entries were judged in the categories of people, planet and profit, referred to as the “triple bottom line.”
Companies that will be recognized include a 600-employee manufacturing company based in Clearwater that has so little waste that there is one dumpster on “will call” instead of the typical three times a week pick-ups; an internationally known company that treats its sustainability managers like “rock stars” with hybrid limousine rides to farm-to-fork restaurants for lunch; and the owners of an alternative energy company, who live in zero energy homes and drive electric vehicles that average the equivalent of 800 miles per gallon.
More than 60 Tampa Bay area businesses are prior award winners, including such leading employers as IBM, Mosaic, Xerox and the Tampa Bay Times Forum, as well as many smaller innovative growing companies. These businesses demonstrate business practices that embrace social, economic and environmental responsibility. Companies were nominated or self-nominated for consideration.
About Earth Charter U.S.
The Earth Charter is a global agreement, which was the product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural conversation. It was drafted by individuals from 78 countries and launched at The Hague Peace Palace in 2000. Endorsed by over 4,500 organizations, including many governments and international organizations, the Earth Charter is a declaration of 16 principles that foster growth of sustainable communities and economies. ECUS is a Tampa-based nonprofit organization.
About ECUS Sustainable Business Coalition
SBC supports the development of a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay, provides the latest information about sustainable business practices, fosters business-to-business education, and promotes those businesses in the Tampa Bay community.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves about 7,000 students from 50 states and 130 countries. Approximately 70 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.