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October 6, 2010

Tired of flooding? Enjoy the awards’ theme, ‘Wind, Rain, Earth, Sun and Stormwater,’ and many green vendors

From press release

The Third Annual Winnebago County Green Business Awards (WCGBA) will be held 4:30 to 7 p.m., this Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Webbs Norman Center, 401 S. Main St., Rockford. Hosted by Brian Leaf, the award presenters Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott H. Christiansen (R) and City of Rockford Stormwater Program Manager Brian Eber, will begin the ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The theme is “Wind, Rain, Earth, Sun and Stormwater,” focusing on the control of stormwater to prevent flooding. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

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.

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. With more possible booths still in the wings, see the listing of organizations displaying their green features at the end of this article.

Some fine businesses listed there will provide another special feature for this year—the “Green Dish” competition for local food and beverage providers.  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.

Nominees for Green Business Awards

Nominees are: Anderson Japanese Gardens; Anderson Packaging; Barbara Olson Center for Hope—Super Shredders; Burpee Museum of Natural History; City of Rockford; Comprehensive Community Solutions/YouthBuild Rockford; D&H Energy Management Company, LLC.; Fatwallet.com; Green Tone Environmental Design; Barbara Olson Center for Hope—Super Shredders; Hoo Haven; In-Balance Hypnotherapy; J.L. Clark; Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful; Nazca Energy; Rockford Park District; Rock Valley College, AAS Sustainable Energy Degree; Rock Valley College—PEC Building; Severson Dells; Solergy, LLC.; Rock River Sweep; Rock River Trail; Tyler’s Landscaping Services, Inc.; Wild Birds Unlimited; and Willow’s Cleaning Services.

Sponsors include:

ComEd; Comprehensive Community Solutions/YouthBuild Rockford; Freedom Field; Friends of the Rock River; J.L. Clark; Illinois Renewable Energy Association; Rockford Chamber of Commerce;
Rockford Park District; The Rock River Times; Tyler’s Landscaping Services, Inc.; Winnebago County; Cedar award plaques by Dean Mohring, Rockton Hardwood Products; Plaques finishing by Lawrence Morton of Morgan and Main Enterprises.

WCGBA is also thankful to Comprehensive Community Solutions/YouthBuild Rockford for providing the following volunteers to help with set-up, organization and clean-up of the event. These students will be supervised by Pamela Echols, BSW; Community Service Coordinator for CCS; Kovarick Beasley, James Box, Desiree Bradford, Keshad Dismuke, John Fayhee, Tony Frazier, Chris Sanchez, Aqual Sockwell, Quentin Tolefree and Cliff Wright.

Come and look at these displays!

WCGBA committee thanks the following organizations and businesses for their generous support and displays at the 2010 Awards Event: Barbara Olson Center for Hope—Super Shredders; Belles Firm of Architecture, Inc.; BN Balance Energy Solutions; Burpee Museum of Natural History; Choices Natural Market; City of Rockford; Comprehensive Community Services, Inc./YouthBuild Rockford; D&H Energy Management; Freedom Field; Gary Anderson; Green Tone Environmental Design; First Hand Harvest; Illinois Renewable Energy Association; In-Balance Hypnotherapy; J.L. Clark; Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful; Lou Bachrodt Chevrolet; Micro Hydro Turbine; Napleton Auto Werks; Nazca Energy; New Life Green Furniture; Rockford Park District; Rock River Enterprises; Rock River Ford; The Rock River Times; Rock River Trail; Rock Valley College; Severson Dells; Simply Prairies; Skyward Promotions; Solergy; Triton Trikes; Tyler’s Landscaping Services; Universal Hover Craft; Willow’s Cleaning Services; Winnebago County Buy Local; and Winnebago County Forest Preserve District.

Green Dish & Beverage contributors

Brio, Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center and Coco Key Resort, Kiki B’s, DiTullio’s, Giovanni’s, Java Bug, Massback Ridge Winery, Octane, Social and Wired Café.                       WCGB is a partnership of environmental agencies, professional associates, and the concerned public. The groups is 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 www.winncogreenbiz.org.

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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