June 20, 2014
The second Better Business Challenge Awards Night rolled out the green carpet Thursday night to celebrate businesses who have made a commitment to sustainability.
77 area businesses, schools, and churches have worked since September of last year to increase their sustainability by improving at energy, water, transportation, waste, purchasing and leadership.
The event heard from and awarded the participants' progress.
"Tonight's all about recognizing our businesses and our schools and our churches. We had a business, the last two weeks of the contest, switch out an inefficient toilet, and they're going to save 25,000 gallons moving forward. So, just that one action makes a difference," said Teri Kent, the Better Business Challenge Project Manager.
The Better Business Challenge occurs every other year. If you are interested in participating in the next round, the group will hold a meeting in August.
2014 Better Business Challenge Award Winners
Charlottesville Dental Health Partners -- Started a toothbrush and oral care recycling program for their clients and looking to other practices to adopt the program.
Woodard Properties -- Began composting services for over 450 residents and revamped their recycling for over 800 residents and will be installing one of the first public tesla electric vehicle charging stations in Charlottesville
Tandem Friends School -- Launched zero-waste initiatives and school-wide composting.
Paramount Theater -- Better energy management and proceeding with a lighting upgrade which could save $7,000 in utilities in 3 years!
Charlottesville Area Transit -- Building designed for a 35% energy reduction through use of geothermal heating and cooling system; natural ventilation, extensive day lighting, and efficient building envelope; wall insulation used 100% recycled discarded blue jeans.
ReThreads consignment shop -- Reuses customer garment bags as trash bags and old boots as flower pots; donates unsaleable clothes to local crafters.
UVa Darden School of Business -- Revamped Darden's "first coffee" tradition to save 600 cups of coffee per day from trash.
Harvest Moon Catering -- Started a "know where it goes" campaign for employees; turned trash to treasure by composting their waste and reusing wood pallets, coolers, and olive containers for an urban garden.