TAMPA — From encouraging an appreciation of Florida’s wildlands through nature tours, to providing eco-friendly pre conditioned air units, 16 Tampa Bay-area businesses are leading the commitment to social, economic and environmental responsibility. They will be honored at the eighth annual Sustainable Business Awards luncheon on Friday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m. at The University of Tampa’s Crescent Club on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Presented by The Sustany Foundation and The University of Tampa Center for Ethics, this year’s winners are:
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[if !supportLists]· [endif]Bambú The Eco Salon
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Bay Mulch Inc.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Big Sea
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Conex Recycling Inc.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]eSmart Recycling
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Hyland, creator of OnBase
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Micro Matic USA Inc.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]MOD.el
[if !supportLists]· [endif]NorthStar Bank
[if !supportLists]· [endif]PNC Bank
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Smith & Associates Real Estate
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Tembo Education
[if !supportLists]· [endif]The Bar Method Tampa-Westshore
[if !supportLists]· [endif]The Electric Marina
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Verde GSE
The Sustainable Business Awards recognize and honor for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay area that engage in practices that increase economic opportunities and improve the environment and community.
The businesses will be recognized for contributions in building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay, while embracing the “triple bottom line” — advancing the interests of people, planet and profit through innovative practices, products and services.
The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at The Sustany Foundation website (sustany.org/awards). Sponsorships are available starting at $500 by contacting (813) 507-1111.
University of Tampa students, under the guidance of Sykes College of Business faculty, developed an evaluation process to determine the winners based primarily on Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines.
Nearly 100 Tampa Bay area businesses have been award winners, including such leading employers as Mosaic, Xerox, Premier Eye Care and Sykes.
The Sustainable Business Awards are made possible through the generosity of sponsors including the Tampa Bay Times, Mosaic, Solar Energy Management, NorthStar Bank, Sykes, McNichols and Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.
The mission of the UT Center for Ethics is to provide educational and professional resources to promote ethical systems and individual responsibility in the academic and greater business community through close interaction with the University. www.ut.edu/centerforethics/
Founded in 2007, The Sustany Foundation supports sustainability through education and programs which advance economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. They strive to be the leading facilitator of sustainability through efficient and effective aggregation and investment of resources for Tampa Bay’s citizens today and into the future. www.sustany.org
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 8,037 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 62 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.