HALL OF FAME

The Hall of Fame platform exists to recognize people and organizations for their excellence throughout industry. The finalists and inductees are recognized at the annual event where there is celebration and sharp networking to encourage better practices within industry. The Hall of Fame Process would not exist if it weren't for the public nominations each year.

 

Captain Bernardo Herzer

Captain Bernardo Herzer is Founder and CEO of LEHR Incorporated, where he developed, patented, and commercialized the use of eco-friendly propane canisters for small engines. Previously he was a ship captain, where he became aware of the devastating impact of commercial fishing on marine ecosystems and also discovered the environmental benefit of utilizing propane over gasoline. Observing environmental destruction inspired him to commit his career to finding more environmentally-friendly solutions for retail and commercial products.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition

The Plastic Pollution Coalition was created from the non-profit environmental incubator Earth Island Institute. The organization creates and maintains a global coalition of businesses, organizations, and individuals that collaborate to prevent toxic damage from plastic pollution. Coalition members research the impact of plastic pollution, devise strategies to approach issues, organize action to pursue solutions, and educate the public on problems and paths forward. There are over 500 members from local groups to international associations.

Singing Frogs Farm

Singing Frogs Farm is a large family-owned vegetable farm in Sonoma County, CA. Amidst a no-till and no-spray management strategy, their farm produces six times the state average harvest per acre per year while significantly increasing the organic matter in their soil and generously decreasing water consumption. The farm also provides a Community Supported Agriculture program for members of the community, which includes a weekly box of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

SIP Certified

When you find the SIP Certified seal, you can be assured that growers and winemakers are preserving and protecting the natural environment, treating their employees and community with care, and have sound business practices with a long-term view that protects both the present and the future. Conscientious consumers have a choice they can make – one that supports both the land and the people that create their favorite sustainable wines.

Michael Ben-Eli

Michael Ben-Eli's work involving the application of cybernetics and systems thinking to various management-related settings is considered groundbreaking, as are his acclaimed Five Sustainability Principles. He was an associate of R.Buckminster Fuller, with whom he researched advanced structural systems as well as conflicts related to the management of global resources and technologies. Today, Mr. Ben-Eli focuses primarily on issues related to sustainability and sustainable development.

Beneficial State Bank of California

Beneficial State Bank of California, Oregon, and Washington is committed to promoting equity by stimulating the prosperity of the underserved in our communities. The bank also focuses on financing local businesses and nonprofit organizations that value environmental protection and social justice. Beneficial banking is their creative business model, a manifestation of their economic philosophy.

The Bren School

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at University of California, Santa Barbara “develops interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems, trains environmental leaders, and works for a sustainable future”. Bren offers both masters and doctorate programs in the environmental sciences and offers eco-entrepreneurial opportunities. In 2013 Bren launched the Strategic Environmental Research Initiative designed to conduct annual research projects aimed at developing solutions for some of the largest environmental challenges of our time.

Dr. Michael E Mann

Dr. Michael E Mann is a distinguished climate researcher and director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. He is the author of several books and over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001. Dr. Mann cofounded the website RealClimate, a platform to provide commentaries by scientists, and serves on the advisory board of the advocacy group The Climate Mobilization.

Len Hering

Len Hering is a retired Rear Admiral from the US Navy and is the Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Sustainable Energy. He established acclaimed energy efficiency, waste diversion, and water conservation programs for the US Navy, and following his successes he was consulted to assist with the creation and development of local and federal sustainability programs. He’s a recipient of many distinguished environmental awards and focuses on public presentations about the severity of the impact of climate change.

LittleFootprint Lighting

LittleFootprint Lighting out of Santa Cruz has developed LED task lamps that are fabricated from recycled e-waste plastic and recycled steel. Their products are manufactured in America, stimulating local economies and reducing transportation costs. Their novel design strives to reduce landfill waste and to decrease the demand of virgin materials. Ultimately, LittleFootprint Lighting helps reduce the carbon footprint of task lighting without sacrificing aesthetics.

Alpine Bank

Alpine Bank has been providing preeminent banking services for the citizens of Colorado for 43 years. It is a model for financial institutions to incorporate sustainability- it invests in and generates renewable energy, achieves resource efficiency through significant water and paper reduction, and offers a variety of green loans to its customers. The bank also values and promotes education, by financing environmental education groups and by providing information to the public on how to live sustainably.

California Green Business Program

The California Green Business Program is a nonprofit organization that partners with both cities and counties to promote and assure sustainable business practices. The Program assists small- and medium-sized businesses to develop and incorporate environmental management strategies, and it endorses the businesses that adhere to their certification standards. The Program has certified over 3,000 businesses and last year facilitated a total annual cost savings of nearly 33 million dollars.

Castoro Cellars

Castoro Cellars owns seven exquisite vineyards in Central California. In collaboration with Mesa Vineyard Management, Castoro is committed to environmental and human health by farming organically, by reusing and recycling, and through investing avidly in solar energy. Castoro Cellars also promotes health and wellness through its Beaverstock music and art festival and via other year-round community activities.

Amory Lovin

Amory Lovins is an environmental scientist and chief scientist/cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the RMI works with organizations around the world to encourage use of renewable energy. Mr. Lovins is an acclaimed author, scientist, and has provided expert testimony to both CEOs and heads of state throughout his career. Mr. Lovins continues his advocacy encouraging the use of renewable energy and conservation in private industry in nations and organizations across the world.

Netafim

Netafim is a pioneer and global leader in drip irrigation technology, parts, and education. Their own Environmental Policy sets ambitious goals for resource and energy efficiency, analysis of procedures, transparency of results, employee training, minimization of ecological impact, and much more. They are involved in international initiatives to innovate and implement solutions to the world water crisis. They manufacture and recycle their own products in locations across the world, with their head facility in Israel.

EV West

EV West distributes electric vehicle parts and equipment for old car conversions with the outlook that it is more environmentally friendly to convert a conventional vehicle versus purchasing a new electric vehicle (EV). They provide consultation for conversion and energy storage projects and have an accessible facility in San Marcos, CA with off-grid solar and battery storage. Michael Bream, Founder and CEO, proved the performance of EVs by setting a world record at the high-altitude Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb and has been passionate about contributing to the transportation transition to EVs since.

Tom Bowman

For years, Tom Bowman has been encouraging environmental stewardship by motivating and assisting businesses, organizations, institutions, and government agencies to optimize their performance. In his book The Green Edge, he provides a framework for the exhibit and event industries to implement sustainability strategies, ultimately helping them to save money and to strengthen customer satisfaction.

Trash for Teaching

T4T, or Trash for Teaching, is a non-profit organization located in Los Angeles that diverts materials that are destined for the landfill to classrooms. These clean goods include products from businesses, manufacturers, and warehouses that are defective or that no longer have a use. T4T also helps middle and high school students to address fundamental questions in subjects like physics and biology by providing challenging educational workshops in which students utilize the recycled materials to develop create solutions.

Agrissentials

Agrissentials is a New Zealand company that manufactures a variety of high-quality organic fertilizers. Their specialized products are designed to enhance soil fertility and to rejuvenate soils that have been depleted of nutrients. Many of their innovative products and programs are formulated for specific crop types or livestock use, and they are all tailored to supplement New Zealand’s particular soil types.

Linda Smith-Zengen

Linda Smith-Zengen is an essential leader in the movement to optimize waste management in hospitals. She has mobilized recycling initiatives and has enabled facilities and operations to minimize their overall consumption. In the state of Pennsylvania, her pioneering recycling program saved her employer health network over $300,000 in the first nine months and decreased their infectious waste volume by 50%. Her innovations illustrate that waste reduction is beneficial not only for the cost and resource savings, but also to promote sanitation.

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