GreenLife Awards

Sustainable Business of the Year 

Businesses have a role as social leaders and help to create a community in which people want to live and work.  The Athens-Clarke County Sustainable Business of the Year award is designed to recognize businesses that have taken the lead in embracing environmental stewardship and equity as an integral part of their business model in order to preserve a clean, healthy, and thriving local environment.

Examples of sustainable practices for local businesses may be: 

  • Businesses focused on using locally sourced materials
  • Businesses who have made efforts to reduce inorganic waste or move towards a zero-waste model
  • Businesses who consistently engage in energy-saving practices, or who have invested in on-site renewable energy
  • Businesses focused on using locally sourced materials
  • Businesses who have made efforts to reduce inorganic waste or move towards a zero-waste model
  • Businesses who consistently engage in energy-saving practices, or who have invested in on-site renewable energy
  • Businesses that enhance the overall health of the outdoor ecosystem, including for example:
    • eliminating the use of non-native invasive plants and incorporate native plants, habitat, wildlife homes, and/or nesting/roosting boxes into their landscape
    • reducing impervious surfaces, promote on-site biological treatment of stormwater (ex: rain garden), or other innovative way to reduce stormwater runoff.
    • installing exterior lighting that meets the International Dark Sky standards
  • Any business that has pursued innovative practices in order to engage with environmental sustainability
  • Businesses that demonstrate full diversity and inclusion to fairly reflect their community.
  • Businesses that pay a fair living wage (define) to their employees and contractors.
If you would like to submit a nomination for a business for 2019, you can fill out and submit a Google Form here

Sustainability Stewards of the Year

Individuals make a difference when they engage in actions to promote sustainable practices within Athens-Clarke County neighborhoods and public institutions.  The Athens-Clarke County Sustainability Stewards of the Year award recognizes individuals who have taken initiative to engage in promoting sustainable practices in their neighborhoods, workplaces, or community institutions.  

 Examples of actions that individuals may take:

  • Engaging with neighbors to work towards common sustainability goals
  • Promoting sustainable practices through community organizing 
  • Creating community gardens, promoting high quality urban forest
  • Removing invasive plants and restoring re-vitalizing green-space using native plants
  • Cleaning up C, or cleaning up rivers, streams, forests, and other local ecosystems
  • Identifying needs or raising awareness within the community related to sustainability
If you would like to submit a nomination for a group or individual for 2019, you can fill out and submit a Google Form here