TAMPA — From a 406 kilowatt solar energy system and multiple effective recycling efforts, to saving energy and landfill space through preservation of historic buildings, eight Tampa Bay-area businesses are leading the commitment to social, economic and environmental responsibility. They will be honored at the ninth annual Sustainable Business Awards luncheon on Wednesday, June 7, 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:
- AACSB (Jan Roberts Sustainable Leadership Award)
- Suncoast Credit Union (NFP)
- Jones Potato Farm
- Safer Home Services
- Atelier Architecture
- Kenyon Energy
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 Herb Goetschius at (813) 784-7008 or email@example.com.
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.
Over 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, Out Front Brands and TECO.
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 that 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 110 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 8,500 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.