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|BRADENTON, FL, – Jason “J.B.” Taylor, LEED AP BD+C Architect/ Interior Designer with Fawley Bryant, Chairman of the Manatee Chamber’s Green Business Initiative Committee and Neil Spirtas, Vice President, Public Policy & Small Business at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce received the Sustainable Florida’s 2013 Best Practice Award. Michael Hewett, Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Publix Super Markets, and Chairman of Sustainable Florida and Tim Center, Executive Director of Sustainable Florida presented Taylor and Spirtas with the award on behalf of the Manatee Chamber on October 30th in Orlando.
During the luncheon ceremony, the Manatee Chamber received the Sustainable Award in the Non Profit category. Other winners included Walt Disney World Resort (Large Business), The Spinnaker Group (Small Business), Orange County Convention Center (Government), Hyatt Regency Orlando (Leadership) and the Florida Green School Network (Partnership).
The Manatee Chamber’s program, according to J.B. Taylor, was chosen as an example of the Best Practices in Florida due to its own certification Sustainable Manatee effort. Additionally, the program also works with the local governments in incentivizing green business practices and has launched the Greasesafe grease bio-recycling program in conjunction with Environmental Biotech. Seventeen member companies were aided on recycling, water and energy, conservation, commodity conservation and innovative concepts. He also stated, “Being in the company of Walt Disney and the Hyatt speaks volumes…we are greatly humbled”. Neil Spirtas added; “This signature Award of Sustainable Florida is the culmination of a lot of hardworking, conservation minded people and companies, that have saved or created 75 jobs and reduced their electrical costs/consumption by $400,000. It is on behalf of them and our sponsoring companies – Fawley Bryant Architects, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, WastePro and Mosaic- that we accepted the Sustainable Award.”
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