2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to these leaders of change through sustainable stewardship and forward-thinking for a greener tomorrow.  

Youth Award

Harley School's Biomimicry Design Team

Six members of The Harley School’s Biomimicry Design Team took inspiration from the roots of mangrove trees and designed a solution to mitigate flooding damage in coastline communities. Project huMANGROVE earned third place at the Biomimicry Institute’s National Biomimicry Youth Design
Challenge. The students will help educate the next generation of innovators by supporting middle schoolers in their own design submissions to the
same national competition.

Individual Award

Kimie Romeo - Coastal Clean Up

Kimie Romeo has been advocating for the environment since her daughter, Jamie, was eight years old. She began the Durand Beach Clean Up in
1993, an event she continues to organize that has grown from seven volunteers to more than 75. She also founded Green Drinks, the first environmental networking event in Rochester. Beyond the results of
the beach clean up, the storm drains she has stenciled, or the urban gardens that have been planted, she has a tremendous impacts on her community and everyone that knows her.

Civic / Nonprofit Award

Honeoye Inlet Restoration Partnership

To address water quality challenges at Honeoye Lake, a diverse group of stakeholders joined together to form the Honeoye Inlet Restoration Partnership. Their “Natural Stream Design” offered an effective and
cost-efficient alternative to a previously proposed series of dams. The restoration plan not only achieved water quality goals but did so while enhancing wildlife and removing the need for maintenance. The project is
now serving as a model for other water quality projects in the state.

Small Business


I-Square is the product of Mike Nolan and wife Wendy’s vision to revitalize a distressed retail/residential area in Irondequoit into an energy efficient, community oriented, mixed-use “town center.” The project includes
pervious sidewalks and parking lots, electric vehicle charging stations, rooftop gardens, and more. The newest building, The Imaginarium, is a two-story Net-Zero-Energy (NZE) Educational Center for Art and Science that brings alternative energies to the forefront for visitors to engage with a model of sustainability.

Large Business

Diamond Packaging

Diamond Packaging developed its Diamond greenbox initiative back in 2007 to research, design, and implement packaging solutions that are more
innovative and sustainable. Today, Diamond’s folding cartons are designed utilizing FSC-certified recyclable or recycled paperboards, and are manufactured using 100% clean, renewable wind energy in a Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) facility. Their “Green Team” meets regularly to track progress on key sustainability measures.

Large Business

HARBEC Sustainable Manufacturing Project

HARBEC prides itself on an environmentally friendly business approach and philosophy that has enabled them to achieve carbon-neutrality, implement
a number of sustainable and green initiatives, and continuously improve company-wide energy performance. The supplier has integrated onsite wind
generation and a combined heat and power (CHP) system to generate over three fourths of the electricity needed to power the plant, and is working towards a net-energy-and-carbon-positive future.

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