Environmental Innovation Awards

In November 2020Seneca Park Zoo Society will host the third-annual Environmental Innovation Awards & Symposium at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The Breakfast Awards Ceremony will be followed by an inspiring Innovation SymposiumGuests will have an opportunity to network with hundreds of other environmental-minded leaders and ambassadors in the region, while gaining real and practical perspectives on the business case for sustainability.

The Environmental Innovation Awards celebrate leadership in environmental stewardship, raising the profile of innovative companies and people working to solve complex environmental problems in the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. Awards were given in five categories: Youth, Individual, Civic & Nonprofit, Small Business, and Large Business.  Nominations to open soon!

Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winners!

Group photo of Rochester Youth Climate Leaders

Youth – Rochester Youth Climate Leaders (RYCL)

Cameron Schauf with colleagues

Individual – Cameron Schauf (University of Rochester)

Rochester People's Climate Coalition

Civic/Nonprofit – Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC)

St. John Fisher College Professors and Students

Civic/Nonprofit – St. John Fisher College

Once Again Nut Butter representatives

Small Business – Once Again Nut Butter

SWBR representatives

Large Business – SWBR

Brett Howell, Environmental Entrepreneur

The Zoo Society was pleased to welcome environmental entrepreneur Brett Howell as our 2019 keynote and symposium leader. Brett’s ability to catalyze teams to achieve breakthrough environmental solutions has influenced governments, non-profits, startups, and global corporations, including the Fortune 100 company for which he presently works. As part of his personal mission to end plastic pollution, Brett led the 2019 beach clean-up team at Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the South Pacific considered the world’s most plastic-polluted beach.

Brett gave a brief keynote at the awards ceremony about his work on Henderson Island, and was the featured speaker at the Innovation Symposium immediately following the breakfast, where he shared his perspectives on and experiences with creating market-driven business solutions that reinforce the business case for sustainability.

Click here to learn more about Brett’s work.

Brett Howell
Brett Howell

Event Committee Members

  • Suzanne Hunt, Committee Chair, HuntGreen LLC
  • Jim Armstrong, Good for Business (B Corp)
  • Dennis Bacchetta, Diamond Packaging
  • Eric Longnecker, Diamond Packaging
  • Kate McArdle, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, Seneca Park Zoo Society
  • Amy Reichhart, Environmental Attorney, Nixon Peabody
  • Meg Walbaum, RIT

Thank you to our sponsors!


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Thank you to our sponsors!

Thought Leaders

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In-Kind Donors

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