Past Business of the Year Winners

When applicants successfully fulfill the requirements for any of the identified categories, they become eligible for an Emerald Award Certificate. Emerald Award Certificate recipients have their names and addresses placed on the Emerald Award website and receive beneficial advertisement recognizing their achievements.  See  past certificate winners

At the end of each calendar year, all Emerald Award Certificate recipients’ applications are reviewed, and the recipients that excel in each category are selected for an Emerald Award Trophy. The Emerald Award Trophy winners are invited to attend an award ceremony and reception. At the Emerald Award Trophy Ceremony, an Environmental Business of the Year Emerald Award is issued to the one recipient who has excelled in efforts to protect the environment.

Environmental Business of the Year  

 Year Trophy Winner Name
2009 Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar
2008 Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc. 
2007 Cyclone Technologies, Inc.
2006 Cylinder Head Exchange
2005 Imperial Point Medical Center 
2004 City of Deerfield Beach Public Works
2003 Uniweld Products Inc. 
2002 Sea Stone Group 
2001 ABB Automation


Environmental Business of the Year for 2009

Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar 

For more information contact:
Yadira Monje, EH&S Specialist
Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Miramar
3601 Flamingo Rd
Miramar, FL 33027
Business Size: Large
Nature of Business: Aircraft repair  
From left: Will Smith, Javier Nodarse, Luis Nolasco (repair technicians/chemical handlers); Alicia Pamies, HR Manager, Yadira Monje, Environment, Health and Safety Specialist; Miguel Narvaez, repair technician/chemical handler; Pierre Goulet, General Manager receive the Business of the Year Trophy from Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin. Hamilton Sundstrand staff receive the Environmental Business of the Year Trophy 
Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair Environmental Accomplishments:
  • Annually establishing stringent goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). As illustrated in the table below, GHG Priority and Emissions come mainly from facility processes using chemical emissions, while GHG in the form of Carbon Dioxide Equivalence come from electricity used in kilowatts per hour translated into GHG emissions.

Categories affecting climate change GHG Emission Goals Actual GHG Emissions
Non-GHG Emissions - Priority 12,295 pounds 0
Non-GHG Air Emissions - Other 3,285 pounds 1,292 pounds
GHG Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Equivalance
(from electricity) 1,873 tonnes e CO2 1,368 tonnes eCO2

  • Annually conduct, track and analyze energy audits
  • Continuously educate employees on climate change and environmental issues during weekly and monthly departmental communication, in addition to an internal monthly newsletter discussing the environment energy savings. Promote “Ride your bike to Work Day”, carpooling and the use of public transportation
  • Use of efficient lighting technologies throughout the facility
  • Turn off all air conditioning units during unoccupied hours
  • Maintenance schedule to repair leaks for our compressed air system as they occur
  • West facing glass has light tint to reduce heat gain
  • Process changes. Originally removed paint from components with methylene chloride, an organic compound thought to be carcinogenic. Changed to cleaning by sand blasting which eliminated an extremely hazardous chemical, but still required disposal of containmated sand. Subsequently changed from sand blasting to baking soda. The spent baking soda is not considered a waste because it is reused as a fire retardant.
  • Certified by the United States Department of Energy for demonstrating exception leadership by completing energy savings assessments through the “Save Energy Now Program.”
  • Recognized by Florida Power and Light for energy conservation and savings
  • Use of two aqueous parts washers, which are less toxic than mineral spirits
  • Other cleaning machines use petroleum solvent which is recycled
  • Elimination of cyclohexane for cleaning purposes
  • Recycle 24,859 pounds in 2009 for the following materials:
    • Steel
    • Aluminum
    • Magnesium
    • Plastic
    • Paper
    • Toner cartridges
    • Batteries
  • Reuse of materials including:
    • Shipping container and boxes
    • Wooden pallets
    • Bubble wrap
    • Drums
    • Batteries
    • Customers are highly encouraged to re-use their containers, Hamilton Sundstrand provides storage for them
  • Installation of sink aerators for water savings
  • Process improvement of cooling tower system. Cooling tower is main water consumption process at Hamilton Sundstrand. Due to evaporation, circulating water requires a make up water supply. Installation of by-pass loop valve converted system to closed-loop, resulting in 18,000 gallons/year water savings and zero discharge to sewer

Environmental Business of the Year for 2008

Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.

For more information contact:
Diana Dobin, Senior Vice President
Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.
2981 Gateway Dr.
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
954 971-1776

Web Site:

logo of environmentl business of the year for 2008: Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.

Environmental Business of the Year, Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc. representatives accept the trophy from Mayor Stacy Ritter, District 3. From left: Ken Koeck, Public Relations Manager; Judy Dobin, Executive Vice President; Diana Dobin, Senior Vice President; and Daniel Dobin, President

Environmental Business of the Year, Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.



Business Size: Large
Nature of Business: Valley Forge Fabrics, founded in 1977 is a  privately held; family owned and operated company in Pompano Beach. They are the largest producer of decorative fabrics for the hospitality industry. They have offices in Dubai, Italy, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Australia. All fabrics sold by Valley Forge are designed for use in the hospitality and commercial industry. Each textile exceeds ACT (Association of Contract Textiles) standards for their specific end uses.


As part of their sustainability initiative, they created a line of fabrics called FRESH - Fabrics Redefining Environmental Standards for Hospitality. FRESH products are made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester - from PET plastic beverage bottles. Due to the company's strict adherence to their own performance standards (which are substantially higher than the industry expectations as well as ACT requirements), the fabrics will perform at their premium for longer than the expected 5-7 years for upholstery and 18-24 months for bedding. Longevity is a major tenant of sustainability and an important part of the life cycle view. Virgin polyester which has been the fiber of choice for the hospitality industry, for its performance qualities, is derived from petroleum. Recycle symbol 1 plastic/ PET/plastic bottles are also derived from petroleum. The decision to make polyester for FRESH bedding from used plastic bottles saves precious natural resources. Just as vital, Valley Forge finds a home (not a landfill) for plastic bottles that are discarded by consumers. Due to the amount of product Valley Forge manufactures - millions of yards annually - the savings of petroleum is very substantial.

In addition, there is substantial resource savings in the manufacturing process itself when compared to more traditional non-recycled polyester products. The yarn costs for recycled fibers are more expensive than non-recycled material. Valley Forge is committed to taking very small margins to keep the price points competitive and further the use of these products through its worldwide distribution. Other products in the FRESH line include an innovative award-winning fiber from Eucalyptus blended with Cotton bedding product. The environmental story for the Valley Forge LIVING FRESH Eucalyptus product is magnified by the fabulous hand and high end appeal. Valley Forge also is the only textile company to date with and established reclamation program for their customers to use to recycle the fabrics at the end of their use. Until the FRESH program, hotels never had a way to recycle fabric. By recycling FRESH fabrics, Valley Forge will literally save millions of pounds of waste from entering landfills each year. The USGBC's LEED certification green building program is recognized as the paramount guideline of environmental building protocol in the USA. FRESH products may contribute towards LEED points under various LEED systems. As sustainable technology continues to improve, Valley Forge is working with engineers and chemists to continue to innovate in the area of textile sustainability


Other ways that Valley Forge Fabrics is showing environmental responsibility:

  • By purchasing four hybrid company vehicles, they saved 217,055 pounds of CO2 per year
  • They recycle light bulbs, plastic, glass, aluminum, fabric, paper, and cardboard achieving in excess of a 50% recycling rate.
  • Donated 20,431 pounds of fabric to area schools, churches and reuse centers in 2008.
  • Voluntary recycling by employees include batteries, corks, toiletries, light bulbs, bottle caps, electronics, Crocs (shoes) and candy wrappers.
  • Conduct seminars with employees, suppliers, and customers about sustainability and the environment.
  • Educate and participate with local community and schools to inform and advice on Sustainability issues.
  • Shipments of fabrics and electricity use are Greenhouse Gas Offset through Renewable Choice Energy.
  • Honored by Sustainable Florida with a best practice award in the Large Company category in 2008.
  • Various Industry awards for product innovation, sustainability and leadership have been achieved for their work with FRESH and on behalf of environmental initiatives.



Environmental Business of the Year for 2007


Cyclone Technologies, Inc.

For more information contact:
Wilson McQueen, VP Marketing
Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc.
601 NE 26 Court
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Web Site:
Business Size: Small

 logo of Cyclone
Frankie Fruge, COO (left) and Harry Schoell, Inventor and CEO (right) stand beside the Cyclone Power Generator. It can burn any type of fuel including kerosene, diesel, alcohol, biofuels, propane, methane or wood chips.  Frankie Fruge, COO (left) and Harry Schoell, Inventor and CEO (right) stand beside the Cyclone Power Generator.


Nature of Business: Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc. is a research and development company with more than 68 patents, including patents for the development of the Green Revolution Engine and the Waste Heat Engine.

Cyclone Technologies' environmental achievements include:

  • Cyclone holds the U.S. patent, international patent applications, and exclusive commercial rights to the Cyclone Engine "Green Revolution EngineTM" an environmentally-friendly and highly-efficient external combustion, heat-regenerative engine.
  • The Cyclone engine regenerates (or recycles) its heat, which allows it to run cleaner, cooler and more efficiently than traditional internal combustion engines. It is capable of running on any liquid or gaseous fuel, including ethanol, bio-diesel, and propane (same engine with no changes) and is lubricated with de-ionized water instead of motor oil.
  • The company also recently filed a patent application for its Waste Heat Engine, a low-pressure engine capable of running on heat emitted from external sources, including the waste exhaust of a another engine, bio-mass, or solar power.
  • Both these engines are lubricated with de-ionized water instead of motor oil, and by eliminating many subsystems like oil pumps, radiators, catalytic converters and fuel injectors, the Cyclone Engines are expected to cost less to manufacture, operate, and maintain.


 Photo of a Cyclone engine on a push lawn mower  If just 10% of consumers of lawn mowers in Florida switched to a Cyclone Engine, our air could be spared 127,200 pounds of hydrocarbons, 1,200 pounds of nitrogen oxides and 3,360 pounds of particulates.

Cyclone is in late stage development for the 3 hp engine that will go into push lawn mowers, to be consumer ready by 2010.

 Another photo of a Cyclone engine during testing.

The lower temperature and longer fuel combustion time of the Cyclone external combustion engine result in greatly reduced emissions if Nitrous Oxide, hydrocarbons, and other smog-producing greenhouse gases.


Cyclone engines can run on any liquid or gaseous fuel, including ethanol, bio-diesel,photo of multiple fuel containers and propane (same engine with no changes). In fact, Cyclone has successfully tested its engine on fuels made from the peels of Florida-grown oranges.


Cyclone is in late stage development of the three horsepower (hp) engine that will go into push lawn mowers, and expects to be ready for consumer use by 2010.


 Photo of The Cyclone Engine  The Cyclone Engine in particular is highly scalable and sufficiently powerful for applications ranging from lawn equipment and small home generators, large stand-alone generators, to cars, trucks, buses, RV's, boats and ships, as well as earth moving equipment and locomotives.
 photo of cyclone engine during testing  The anticipated costs for manufacturing a Cyclone Engine are comparable with similar sized internal combustion (I/C) engines. Since a Cyclone requires far fewer sub-systems such as oil pumps (the engine is lubricated with de-ionized water,) overall manufacturing and maintenance costs are expected to be less than an I/C.
Cyclone is also testing and preparing for commercialization:


  • 18 hp engines for portable and standby generators
  • 100 hp engines for industrial use generators, automobiles and other applications
  • 330 hp engines for truck, city busses, postal and other government vehicles

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Environmental Business of the Year for 2006


Cylinder Head Exchange

For more information, contact:
Frank Bencivenga, President/Owner
2881 W. Prospect Road
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-733-7766
Fax: 954-733-9992

 logo of Cylinder Head Exchange

From left: District 9, Mayor Josephus Eggelletion, Jr., Kay Sommers (BC EPD), Frank Bencivenga (President/Owner of Cylinder Head Exchange), and District 7 Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr


From left: District 9, Mayor Josephus Eggelletion, Jr., Kay Sommers

Business Size: Small
Nature of Business: Machine Shop


Environmental Accomplishments:

  • The very nature of reconditioning cylinder heads eliminates the manufacture of new heads.
  • Use of water based cleaning solvents.
  • Use of advanced filtering machines for cleaning the waste fluids, so that at the end only a small amount of sludge is left over and that is disposed of by a hazardous waste company.
  • No waste water, including mop water, is disposed of into the sewer system.
  • The unrepairable cylinder heads are recycled as scrap metal.
  • The cost savings and reduced impact on the environment are great and well worth the added effort.
Environmental Business of the Year for 2005


Imperial Point Medical Center

For more information, contact:
Steve Fredrickson
6401 N. Federal Highway
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308
Phone: 954-776-8690
Fax: 954-776-8848

Web Site:


 Imperial Point Receives the Emerald Award Trophy Patricia O’Rourke and Dottie Mancini (center) and Steve Fredrickson (right), of Imperial Point Medical  Center accept Emerald Award Trophy from Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs.


 Business Size: Large

Nature of Business: Acute Care Hospital

Environmental Accomplishments:

  • Changed from disposable to reusable wall-mounted sharps containers
  • Incorporated the irrigation system into their energy management system. Now zones turn off and on based on weather conditions.Will not come on during rain. Irrigation flow is also monitored, and unusual increases in flow rate (potential leaks) will trigger an alarm and shut off the system. The system will identify the zone where the potential leak exists which facilitates repair.
  • Decrease in biohazardous waste of 54% since 2000 due to employee education. Marked decrease due to special program with operating room orderlies.
  • Blue towels on surgical trays now washed and reused as rags. Formerly disposed as biohazardous waste. Success of this program has been shared with other hospitals.
  • Relocated biohazardous waste containers a few steps away from the regular trash. This action encourages staff to consciously think about whether an item is biohazardous or solid waste.
  • Now have only one x-ray processor left on site (for use as a back up as needed). All other x-rays are now digitally processed. This has resulted in a 50% reduction in photochemical waste.
  • $21,645 saved due to electricity use reduction and $11,876 was saved from natural gas reduction for a total of $33,521saved in fiscal year 2005.
  • Applied a spray polyurethane foam (SPF) on their roof.SPF is sprayed directly on the existing roof surface to form a seamless, waterproof, insulated coating. This reflective coating saves money on cooling costs.
Environmental Business of the Year Winner For 2004


City of Deerfield Beach
Public Works

A sampling of some of the more than 6,200 tons of residential recyclables collected last year.For additional information contact:
Cheryl Miller, Recycling Specialist
210 Goolsby Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Fax: 954-480-4393

Nature of business:
City Recycling Division

  • Weekly bulk collection of yard waste to all residents
  • Weekly collection of government office paper, commingled cans and bottles
  • Collected more than 6,200 tons of residential recyclables during previous fiscal year
  • Green Seal Award given to Purchasing Department for buying recycled content sanitary paper products.
  • BSO crossing guard purchased 100% recycled vests for three consecutive years
  • Provide public education to residents on composting, provide free compost bins to participants
  • To encourage greater plastic bottle and aluminum can recycling, create five “out of the home” collection projects such as five foot simulated “coke bottle” collection bins at convenience stores
  • Only city in Broward County to provide special waste drop-off center
Environmental Business of the Year Winner For 2003

Uniweld Products Inc.

 - Large Business (16 or more employees)
David S. Pearl, II, Executive Vice President

David Pearl (center) accepts 2003 Emerald Award Trophy for the Environmental Practices category from Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs (left) and Environmental Protection Department Director Rick Wilkins (right) during a ceremony in the County Commission Chambers
Mayor Kristin Jacobs (left), David Pearl (center) and Rick Wilkins (right)

For additional information, contact:
Janet Beets, Director, Human Resources
2850 Ravenswood Road
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312-4994
Fax: 954-587-0109

Nature of Business: Manufacturer of U.S. made welding apparatus, refrigeration tools, accessories, pressure gauges and alloys.

  • Green products: Sludge Sucker/Blaster and Weed Burner;
  • Recycled 95% cardboard;
  • Recycled 100% metal;
  • Recycled 90% paper;
  • Recycled 80% plastic on site then reused;
  • Retrofit of 75 fluorescent fixtures (T8 with electronic ballasts) resulted in projected 17,520 Kwh savings per year;
  • Replaced two old 10-ton, 6 SEER A/C units with one new 10-ton, 12 SEER unit;
  • Created secondary containment pans for hazardous materials;
  • Substituted powder paint/coating for lacquer paint;
  • Replaced 4 of 5 perc machines for 2 aqueous cleaning machines;
  • Installed lids on all solvents;
  • Mist collection system installed to remove airborne oil mist particles generated by machining applications. Oil is directly recycled back to the machines.
  • Metal turnings are processed through a centrifuge to remove oil, and then final filtered to five-micron purity, which allows recycling, and reuse in the machines. Clean dry turnings may then be returned to the mill for recycling;
  • Vibratory Cleaning System using soap replaced acid cleaning;
  • Closed loop de-ionizing water recycle system;
  • An on-site distillation unit was installed to recover solvents;
  • Made shrouds for oily chips to direct chips into centrifuge pan to minimize spills;
  • Reduction in perc, mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, and oil dry documented from 2002 to 2003.

Shroud and hour glass chip pans reduce waste oil 

Environmental Business of the Year Winner For 2002

Sea Stone Group - Small Business
(15 or less employees)
Barbara Zigann, President
521 NW 1 Avenue
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
Fax: 954-462-6420

Nature of business: Exterior and Interior Flooring Manufacturer

  • This company provides a line of products that are alternatives to naturally mined stone which is a non-renewable resource. This prevents destruction of coral reefs.
  • Raw materials for this product (sea shells) are waste products from south Florida rock mining
  • A slurry of cement waste is produced, treated and then sent through a filter press to extract the water.
  • Another raw material, glass aggregate, is a waste product from other processes.

SeaStone is an eco-friendly product, using recycled glass. 

Environmental Business of the Year Winner For 2001

 ABB AutomationIn 2002 ABB implemented the PadnPark cushioning
Gail Gonnam, Human Resources Manager
4300 Coral Ridge Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Fax: 954-755-5677

Nature of Business: Manufacturer of Protective Relays

  • Recycles paper, cardboard, wooden pallets, copper, brass, bronze and steel
  • Recycles 133 tons annually - 73% of their waste stream
  • Implementing a closed loop system for rinse water used in the manufacturing process
  • Discontinuing the use of chlorinated solvents
  • Reducing electrical consumption by 6.2%
  • Reduced mineral spirits use from 2,359 gallons per year to 212 gallons per year
  • Discontinued use of CFCs
  • ISO 14001 Certified

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