PA Sustainable Small Business Award
Applications for the 3rd annaul PA Sustainable Small Business Award will be accepted until February 23rd. If you have a sustainable small business or you know of one that might qualify, please complete the application form (PDF) and return it to the Center for Green Industries via e-mail or mail by the 23rd. Applicants must be prepared to attend the March 24th award ceremony at Duquesne University should they be selected for the award.
Last year, Duquesne's Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth selected Burns & Scalo Roofing Co. for the award because of its selection of living roof and photovoltaic solar roofing options, as well as for applying general sustainability practices to its operations.
The Thornburg company uses a three-pronged approach to reduce its environmental footprint, improve people's lives and create a positive economic impact. Through renewables and a certified Class-G headquarters, the firm reduced energy consumption at its headquarters by 45 to 50 percent.
As well as focusing on its own sustainability, Burns & Scalo Roofing fosters community sustainability, said Dr. Jim Phillips, award presenter and Duquesne's Senior Director of Sponsored Research. Partnering with Goodwill of Southwestern PA and The Education Partnership, a group that upcycles office supplies for school children, the company impacts the community.
"The Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award mirrors the sustainability efforts that the Green Center tries to impart with other small businesses in the region," Phillips said. "We want this award to honor those succeeding in sustainability but also to encourage other small businesses to see that profitability and sustainability can go hand-in-hand." Candidates are judged on their commitments to sustainability while remaining profitable, green certifications, and social responsibility and community engagement.