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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen Strickland is the founder and owner of Living Green, a company which offers environmentally friendly household products for consumers. Miss Strickland founded Living Green in 1999 and has been on the forefront of green retail ever since, but her mission to protect the environment didn’t start there! She has been promoting environmental awareness since the 1970’s by coordinating state energy fairs and recycling in New York City and New England.
Patagonia is an outdoor and recreational apparel company dedicated to protecting our beautiful world through sustainable business practices. Patagonia utilizes recycled and organic materials for their products and works to replace non-renewable materials such as neoprene with plant based polymers in their various products. Patagonia also dedicates 1% of all sales to support environmental organizations through environmental grants. They even encourage employee activism and grassroots activists through Patagonia Action Works!
David Gottfried is the founder of both the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Green Building Councils, organizations which promote green building and have become cornerstones of the green industry. Mr. Gottfried has certainly earned his title as the “Father of the Global Green Building Movement”! He also currently serves as CEO of Regen360, a company which assists global organizations in greentech products, as well as CEO of Reset360, a nutrition and health company.
Arbor Teas is an organic tea company which promotes sustainable business practices throughout their company. They are a Green America certified business as well as both fair trade and carbonfree certified! Arbor Teas ensures their tea is organic and is sourced from farms with the smallest carbon footprints possible. Arbor Teas also donates to the Carbon Fund to help offset the carbon footprint created from shipping their tea. But it doesn’t stop there, even their packaging is sustainable and can be composted!
The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants are an industry leader in sustainability and have justifiably won the MLB Green Glove Award nine years running! The Giants have worked to make AT&T Park the greenest ballpark in the nation and in 2015 was the first MLB Stadium to ever receive the LEED Gold Certification. The Giants are industry leaders in recycling, energy efficiency, and water conservation. In 2016 95% of their waste was recycled or composted and water usage in the stadium has decreased by 33-50%.
Empowered Playgrounds Inc.
Empowered Playgrounds Inc. builds merry-go-rounds that generate electricity. This play equipment is installed in schools all over Ghana and West Africa. The merry-go-rounds generate renewable energy through the power of children’s play and, in turn, charge lanterns that the children use in their classrooms and homes. “When children play on playgrounds, they are already illuminating the world around them. What is important about Empower Playgrounds’ equipment is that it helps make that light literal”.
Ira Ehrenpreis is founder and chairman of the annual World Energy Innovation Forum and has served on a plethora of advisory boards such as for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee. Mr. Ehrenpreis was also an advisory board member for Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project. He is also the founder of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm which not only delivers venture capital returns, but assists companies in enabling environmental and social improvements in the region they work in!
d.light is powering with a purpose. Founded by Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun, they began their mission with the development of a solar lantern and an ambitious plan. The culmination launched them into becoming pioneers and global leaders in delivering safe, reliable, and affordable solar-powered solutions to the developing world. Since their inception in 2008, d.light is in 62 countries positively affecting 82 million people with a projection of 100 million people reached by 2020.
Alan has mentored and assisted thousands of green technology, sustainable ecology, and energy companies, as well as inventors. He founded the Environmental Education Group Foundation. He is the International Director of Green2Gold, which provides inventors and entrepreneurs with a global network of experts to foster new renewable energy technologies and green products & services.
GRID was founded during the 2001 California energy crisis by Erica Mackie, P.E., and Tim Sears, P.E., two engineering professionals who were implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. The idea that drove them was simple: free, clean electricity from the sun should be available to everyone. Through GRID Alternatives, they developed a model to make solar PV technology practical and accessible for low-income communities, while providing pathways to clean energy jobs.
Sunrun was co-founded in January 2007 by Lynn Jurich, Ed Fenster, and Nat Kreamer with a business model in which it offered customers either a lease or a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) business model whereby homeowners paid for electricity usage but did not buy solar panels outright, reducing the initial capital outlay required by the homeowner. Sunrun is responsible for installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. This model unlocked huge demand for cleaner and more affordable energy throughout the country and is still growing today.
ACORE unites finance, policy, and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy, supported by hundreds of members. Policy work focuses on key tax, finance, and grid modernization issues. They promote the renewable energy marketplace by convening leaders across key constituencies, facilitating partnerships, educating officials on policies, publishing research and analysis, and undertaking strategic outreach on policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth.
DripTech has innovated and optimized affordable drip irrigation technology and helps farmers across the globe adopt it, thereby contributing towards sustainable agriculture resulting in water saving, food security, and profitability for small farm holders. Their drip technology is easy to use, maintenance free, and energy efficient. Their DT –Gravity Kit runs on gravity pressure, so pumps aren’t needed. Drip irrigation increases crop yields by 40-50% and requires less labor, less fertilizer, and less money.
Ray Anderson was the founder and chairman of Interface Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpeting. Interface is renowned in the industry for its sustainable practices and was the first carpet company to receive environmentally preferable product certification and the first to offer climate neutral products. Mr. Anderson has also published two books on sustainable industry, has been features in several documentaries, and is the recipient of dozens of awards recognizing his work on sustainable business practices.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Honda Motor Company
The Honda Motor Company is a sustainability pioneer in the automotive industry. Honda is tackling issues regarding sustainability through a holistic approach they call the “Honda Green Path”. This involves building environmentally friendly cars which run on renewable energy and are constructed with materials which can be easily recycled. Additionally, Honda is striving to reduce the carbon footprint of every dealership through its Green Dealer Program and even established the Honda Marine Science Foundation to help restore marine ecosystems!
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance was founded in 2003 by the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to promote sustainable winegrowing practices throughout the industry. The Alliance promotes the Sustainable Winegrowing Program which was created in 2001 to promote sustainable and economically feasible practices throughout the industry by distributing the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Workbook. The Alliance and Program encourages the active participation of both vintners and growers in developing and implementing sustainable practices.
Steve Ashkin, known as the “Father of Green Cleaning”, has been promoting sustainable practices in the cleaning industry since 1990. He is currently president of the Ashkin Group, a consulting firm working to green the cleaning industry and assisting organizations implement sustainable practices. Mr. Ashkin also serves as Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network, co-founder of Green Cleaning University and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools. Mr Ashkin continues to promote sustainable cleaning practices in every step of the process as well as in every product.
Interface is a carpet tile manufacturer dedicated to production processes which are more sustainable than those currently prevalent in the industry. Interface‘s goal is to fully operate using renewable energy sources by as early as 2020! As of 2015 87% of their total energy use was derived from renewable sources. They have also reduced their greenhouse gas emissions generated during the manufacturing process by 95% from their 1996 levels and also decreased total waste generated from their factories by 91% from their 1996 levels.
Moon Valley Organics
Moon Valley Organics is a Washington based organic farm which produces personal care products using 100% USDA certified organic and sustainably farmed herbs. They are a Certified B Corporation which recognizes their dedication to organic crops and sustainable farming. Moon Valley Organics is also recognized by the State of Washington as an organic crop producer and also hosts/educates aspiring organic farmers through the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms program.
Jim Kor, president of Kor Ecologic, had the dream of creating the world's greenest car in the world for daily commuting. URBEE 2 will be have less aerodynamic drag than any car on the road and can be recharged with a rooftop solar power kit. Even the body is revolutionary, being fabricated using 3D printing. Jim is a mechanical engineer who cut his teeth designing farm marchinery in Winnipeg.
John Schaeffer’s prolific and pioneering contributions to solar-living have been instrumental to the practical lifestyle applications of renewable energies today. He is the founder and president of Real Goods, a sustainable-living lifestyle catalog, Real Goods Solar, a systems installation business, and the Solar Living Institute, an educational nonprofit. John has authored: A Place in the Sun, the Solar Living Center story; and The Solar Living Source Book, an all-inclusive guide to sustainable-living using renewable energy.
Farmer Al Courchesne discovered his love of farming while teaching school in Hawaii. Returning to the Bay Area, hw planted his first peach orchard in the Sacramento River Delta in 1976. Since then, Frog Hollow Farm has become a thriving and popular 143-acre certified organic fruit grower, and cafe operator in the San Francisco Ferry Building. A vigorous advocate for sustainable land stewardship and conservtion, Al lives and his family live on the farm.
Christina Schwerdtfeger, founder of Coto Consulting, Inc., has guided and empowered her business and government clients to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and comply with environmental standards by conducting audits and greenhouse gas inventories and leading trainings. She has publications on topics such as air quality and pollution prevention and developed a course for UC Irvine on sustainability reporting. She received an IGIHOF Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in education and outreach for successfully promoting green business among students and industry.
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr is a leading Hollywood eco-activist. Inspired into action from the first Earth Day in 1970, he has strived to commit to reducing his carbon footprint and consumeristic demand on the environment. With his family passionately alongside, he promotes their environmentally-conscious lifestyle through the media, including television shows, podcasts, interviews, and his website. He has his own natural cleaning product brand – Begley’s Earth Responsible Products – and has served on the board of many environmental organizations.
John Shegerian is the co-founder of many successful companies that promote education, health, and environmental sustainability. He is recognized by IGIHOF for his leadership incepting Electronic Recyclers International, Inc…. *need to research ERI more* He has been a prominent speaker and has received many awards for his success in green business. He has also informed state public policy on reducing gang and youth violence, and his companies have employed former gang members
Josh Dorfman is the creator and host of the Lazy Environmentalist, a nationally syndicated television show, radio program, and book series. Josh is a green entrepreneur who is the founder of Vine.com, an e-commerce business owned by Amazon which specializes in natural and sustainable products. Additionally, Josh founded and ran Vivavi, a sustainable retailer which specialized in sustainable furniture. Josh currently sits on the board of The Collider, a non-profit which catalyzes data driven solutions for climate change.
The City of Fresno
The City of Fresno has one of the largest, most efficient, and most ambitious recycling programs in the entire country. As of 2012, Fresno recycled 73% of all waste from its landfills, whereas the typical American city recycles anywhere from 30 to 50% of their waste! Fresno partners with multiple recycling companies who utilize dedicated sorting machines to efficiently sort recyclable materials. Fresno also utilizes education and outreach in order to educate its residents about how to recycle and the importance of doing so.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pomar Junction Winery
Pomar Junction Winery was one of the first wineries in the nation to be SIP (Sustainability In Practice) certified. They have incorporated sustainable practices throughout their wine production process and are recognized in the field as being pioneers in sustainable wine production. The Winery utilizes both water and soil preservation techniques to protect the local environment and has not had to utilize insecticides for over two years thanks to their cultivation of beneficial insects by planting wildflowers.
The Make It Right Foundatio
The Make It Right Foundation was founded by Brad Pitt in 2007. The Foundation builds sustainable homes in communities of need throughout the United States, but started in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the City. Homes constructed by the Foundation incorporate a plethora of green features such as solar panels, Energy Star appliances, and pervious concrete! Community input is also strongly encouraged as the Foundation works closely with community leaders and residents during the planning and construction phases.
For over seventy years the Rodale Institute has been pioneering and advocating organic farming through both research and outreach. Rodale conducts independent agricultural field research on a plethora of topics such as soil health, weed management, agro-forestry, organic certification, and much more! Additionally, Rodale trains farmers, established a farm to hospital program to offer patients organic produce, established a training program for veterans leaving active duty, and offers an organic farming certification course. Rodale continues to be on the forefront of organic farming! +
Build It Green
Build It Green is a California based non-profit organization which promotes sustainable housing and buildings throughout the state. They work with both local governments and utilities to provide expertise in green building. They also offer training and certification for professionals in the fields of green building and real estate. Build It Green also provides a residential home rating system called Greenpoint Rated which rates how sustainable a residential home is.
Synergy International Systems, Inc. (“Synergy”) is a global software company that empowers organizations to become more data-driven in achieving their impact. Since our founding over 21 years ago, organizations in more than 70 countries have used our products and services to improve information management, decision making, service delivery, and organizational effectiveness. We serve governments, international organizations, non-profits, and the private sector all over the world
Lang Twins Vineyards
Concerned with the health of their vineyard and its surrounding natural environment, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards is a generational family business committed to sustainable winegrowing and improving their environmental practices. Their all-encompassing approach to sustainability includes habitat restoration that utilizes native plants for wildlife buffers on portions of their vast estate, incorporation of a 1074 kW solar system, use of low emission tractors, low volume drip irrigation, and habitat conservation.
New Belgium Brewing:
New Belgium Brewing: employee-owned, certified “Best-of-the-World” B-corporation that enables employees to “live their values” by “honoring nature at every turn of business.” A Platinum-certified Zero-Waste Business and proponent of Extended Producer Responsibility within their supply chain and beyond, they divert 99.9% of waste from landfills, harvest/store waste energy, use Smart Grid technology, generate on-site power (biogas, solar), internally tax purchased energy to fund green improvements, use water efficiently, and support protection and restoration of waterways.
As the first winery in the U.S. to be Biodynamic-certified, Frey Vineyards’ organic and Biodynamic farming methods treat their vineyard as a complete ecosystem including care for the soil, groundwater, and wildlife, which promotes rich biodiversity. 90% of their land is unspoiled natural habitat with a diverse mix of native plants and animals. They are in harmony with the environment beyond their fence lines incorporating natural biological pest and erosion controls.
Brendan Brazier is a former professional triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champoin who competed as a vegan and has become a leading authority on plant-based performance nutrition. Brendan is the formulator and cofounder of Vega, makers of a wide range of premium nutritional shakes and bars. The company's mission combines a passoin for clean, plant-based nutrition with industry-leading products, education, and fostering a fulfilling and inspiring workplace.
The AquaCUE® Flow Measurement Manager brings a new level of optimizing information to light. Its intuitive software suite with targeted advanced metering analytics, combined with proven cellular communication technologies, enables greater visibility and control over water resources. The system puts interval meter data to work to address demands for actionable intelligence and improve operations.
Since 2005, UC Merced has demonstrated sustainability success in everything from green building and water conservation and efficiency to procurement. Further pushing the boundary, UC Merced has established the Triple Net Zero Goals: a set of goals for the campus to ultimately produce as much power as it uses, create zero landfill waste and achieve climate neutrality.
Electronic Recycle International
With a mission to safeguard organizations, people and the environment, ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States, and possibly the world. Certified to de-manufacture, recycle, and refurbish every type of electronic device in an environmentally responsible manner, ERI today has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States
The Duke Smart Home Program
The Duke Smart Home Program is a research-based approach to smart living sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering. It encourages students from different academic disciplines, such as engineering, computer science, economics, and public policy, to form teams and explore smart ways to use technology in the home. Students work with industry partners on collaborative research and product testing. Their theme is sustainability, energy efficiency, and quality of life.
Grundfos Pumps Corp
Grundfos Pumps Corp is a major international pump company based in Illinois. Grundfos emphasizes sustainability and ethical practices throughout their business and its various activities. Just recently, their products were utilized in the construction of a "sponge city" in Fuzhou, China. Grundfos strives to make their products energy efficient and resource conscious. They are also committed to bringing clean drinking water to impoverished regions throughout the world.