The Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department will recognize several local businesses for their outstanding environmentally responsible business practices and receive an Emerald Award trophy for their exceptional efforts in protecting the environment.
The trophies will be presented at a special ceremony during Water Matters Day on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 9 a.m., in the Sabal Palm Pavilion at Broward County Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100 Ave., Davie.
Water Matters Day is Broward County's signature water conservation event where residents can learn about our local and regional water resources, how water is managed and how we are planning for the future. Residents will receive tips on water conservation, find out about rebates and incentives for upgrading to water-conserving devices and learn how to create “Florida friendly” and drought tolerant landscape. Highlights include a tree and plant giveaway and raffles and other prizes throughout the day.
The Emerald Award Environmental Excellence program recognizes businesses for their voluntary efforts in four areas: hazardous waste reduction, recycling, green products and practices or innovation and climate change. Both large and small businesses are eligible. One business is also honored with the title “Environmental Business of the Year,” which will be announced at the ceremony.
Receiving an Emerald Award can help companies boost business. Research has shown that a company’s environmental reputation will rival quality and brand name as criteria used by customers. Environmentally-friendly business practices can help companies attract new customers, encourage repeat customers and boost employee morale.
This year’s winning businesses are:
Pollution Prevention: Hazardous Waste Reduction:
Green Products or Practices/ Innovation:
Climate Change Leader:
The Emerald Awards program also rewards homeowners, governments and other groups that have incorporated NatureScape Broward techniques into their landscaping. NatureScape yards are designed to conserve water by using native plants in place of lawn; provide food, water and shelter for wildlife; use integrated pest control practices; reduce storm-water contaminated by pesticides and fertilizers; and recycle yard waste into mulch and compost.
This year’s winners are:
NatureScape Emerald Award Homeowners:
- Kathleen Della Fera, Fort Lauderdale
- Gordon Gelrod and Jane Duff, Pompano Beach
- Town of Davie
- Broward College North Campus, Coconut Creek
NatureScape Special Achievement:
- City of Cooper City “You Win-We All Win” Water Conservation Project