Green Business awards sparkle

From press release

This will not be boring! Be sure to attend the Third Annual Winnebago County Green Business Awards presentation, Thursday, Oct. 7, from  4:30 to 7 p.m., at the Webbs Norman Center, 401 S. Main St., Rockford.

The theme is “Wind, Rain, Earth, Sun and Stormwater,” Focusing on the control of stormwater to prevent flooding. Presentation of the Third Annual Winnebago County Green Business awards will be made by Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott H. Christiansen (R) and City of Rockford Stormwater Program Manager Brian Eber at 5:30 p.m.

Chairman Christiansen,  Eber and guest speakers Matt Wieneke and Scott Gear from Second Rain Integrated Rainwater Collection will make brief remarks about efforts for rainwater control and the environment. A major announcement about a regional American renewable energy production challenge will also be made. Rockford Register Star’s Brian Leaf will the Master of Ceremonies.

Be sure to come and see the most exciting and spectacular Green Business Awards so far, with various Universal Hovercraft (one even has wings), the Triton Trike, some of the newest green vehicles, several wind turbines, a micro-hydro generator, rooftop gardens inside and many other green vendors and displays, all in the vast hallway of the Webbs Norman Center. For those in the know, Bike Rockford, you’re invited!

Another special feature will be the new “Green Dish” competition for local restaurants and farmers.  If you attend, you can vote for the “Green People’s Choice Award.” The most natural and/or organic “Green Dish Award” will be complemented by various local companies’ organic teas, coffees, wine and beer.

So far, with the deadline for nominations and sponsorship now this Friday, Oct. 1, the WCGB Steering Committee received the following nominations covering a diverse spectrum of organizations, small businesses and large manufacturers. Most of the nominated organizations will have displays and information highlighting their green practices and policies. Again, by this Friday, Oct. 1,  send your nominations and sponsorships to

The event is free and open to the public.

Nominees so far: City of Rockford, D&H Energy Management Co., IPM/Anderson Gardens, C.C.S. YouthBuild, Freedom Field, J.L. Clark, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, Nazca Energy, Rock Valley College, Rockford Park District, Winnebago County Rock River Sweep, Rock River Trail, Skyward Promotions, Tyler’s Landscaping, Wild Birds Unlimited, Willows Cleaning Service and Winnebago County.

Winnebago County Green Business Awards sponsors so far: ComEd; Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.; Freedom Field; Friends of the Rock River; Illinois Renewable Energy Association; J.L. Clark; Rockford Park District; The Rock River Times; and Tyler’s Landscaping.

Remember, the deadline for nominations and sponsorship is now this Friday, Oct. 1.

Sponsorship levels are $200, $100 and $50. For nominations and sponsorship submissions, contact Jennifer Hall at  (815) 975-0466 or

WCGB is a partnership of environmental agencies, professional associates, and the concerned public. We are working together to recognize and assist businesses that operate in an environmentally-friendly manner. For more information and to see past years’ nominees and winners, go to

Steering Committee of the Winnebago County Green Business program: Andrew Kellogg, Charlotte’s Web; Jennifer Hall, Catalyst Business Solutions, LLC; Joel and Brenda Neumann, B N Balance ES, LLC; Melissa Miller, Nextage Professional Realty; Mike Kearney, Green Communities Coalition; Kerry Knodle and Raymone Roberts, Comprehensive Community Services/YouthBuild Rockford; Frank Schier, The Rock River Times; and Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl, Illinois Renewable Energy Association.

Watch for an update on nominees, sponsors and vendors in next week’s issue.

From the Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2010 issue

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