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Westchester County, NY (June 9, 2016) Deputy Westchester County Executive Kevin Plunkett and Dr. Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, hosted the Westchester Green Business Challenge’s 6th Annual Recognition Event and Awards Ceremony at The Briarcliff Manor on June 8.  

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Along with WGBC Program Directors Dani Glaser and Scott Fernqvist, together they recognized a prestigious group of Westchester organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and outstanding achievements.

Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award

  • Awarded to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Past winners: C.W. Brown, Inc. (2012), The Blue Pig (2013), Reckson, a division of SL Green (2014), Arc Westchester (2015)
  • See the WGBC video about the inspiration for establishing this award

Sponsor Awards

  • Platinum Sponsor Award: Con Edison
  • Gold Sponsor Awards: Westchester Community Foundation, Agera Energy
  • Silver Sponsor Award: Reckson, a division of SL Green
  • Bronze Sponsor Awards: Allied Converters, Inc., Atlantic Westchester, The Blue Book Building & Construction Network, C.W. Brown, Diamond Properties, NewYork-Presbyterian, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Organizational Commitment: Cerebral Palsy of Westchester
  • Energy: Diamond Properties, LLC
  • Materials Management: Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital
  • Transportation: Atlantic Westchester, Inc.
  • Land Use: Greenburgh Nature Center
  • Water Resources: Smiles on Hudson Dentistry

“Congratulations to all the honorees who are leading the way within their industries by running smart and sustainable businesses here in Westchester County,” Astorino said.  “The growth of the Westchester Green Business Challenge over the past six years shows that green business is here to stay because it’s a win-win for the environment and for the bottom line.”

The highly prestigious Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award was presented this year to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company based in Tarrytown that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Regeneron achieved Westchester Green Business Certification in May 2015 and embodies the spirit of the Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award by incorporating sustainability into all aspects of their business and demonstrating visionary leadership. The award was established five years ago in memory of the founder and owner of C.W. Brown, the Armonk-based firm that became the first existing facility in Westchester to receive LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Founded in 2009 as an innovative public-private partnership between Westchester County and The Business Council of Westchester, the WGBC is a 501c-3 non-profit designed to educate and inspire all Westchester businesses to move down the path toward environmental sustainability while improving performance and saving money. Con Edison has been the program’s Platinum Sponsor since 2010. To date over 300 local businesses have joined the WGBC, which was expanded in 2014 to include a new pathway for participants to become Westchester Green Business-Certified.  Members of WGB-Certified will be honored during the ceremony, including the 20 organizations that have achieved certification to date.      

“It has been enormously satisfying to see this program expand in Westchester County and become a regional, statewide and even national model for others to follow,” Marsha Gordon said.  “Employers from all industries are realizing that sustainability is an essential ingredient to their long-term success and ability to retain the most talented workforce.”

Event and program sponsors included Con Edison, Agera Energy, The Westchester Community Foundation, Reckson, a division of SL Green, Allied Converters, Inc., Atlantic Westchester, Inc. , The Blue Book Building & Construction Network, C.W. Brown/LeChase, Diamond Properties, LLC, NewYork-Presbyterian, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Safari Energy, Suburban Carting Company, Yonkers Tennis Center, Heineken, Vino 100 White Plains.


ABOUT THE WINNERS


Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award

  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: Regeneron is a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company based in Tarrytown that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Regeneron is a long-time member of the Westchester Green Business Challenge and achieved Westchester Green Business Certification in May 2015.  The company has implemented a comprehensive sustainability program with achievements ranging from the installation of 100+ electric sub meters to new energy-saving lighting fixtures and controls, more efficient heating and cooling systems and the opening of two LEED Gold Certified buildings at its rapidly expanding corporate headquarters. 

Outstanding Achievement in Organizational Commitment: 

  • Cerebral Palsy of Westchester: Since 1949, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester has been the leading non-profit organization in Westchester and Fairfield County that provides essential educational services, direct services, vocational training, recreation, rehabilitation and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. At Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, green initiatives are being championed and practiced by all stakeholders in the organization. Source separating of recyclables is taught as a lesson for students and is a job responsibility for some clients; classrooms are named after trees accompanied by recycled artwork; a community garden was planted and the extra produce feeds the pet rabbit

Outstanding Achievement in Energy:

  • Diamond Properties, LLC: A commercial real estate investment and management company, Diamond Properties was formed in 1993 with goal of acquiring commercial properties with the potential for substantial improvement through hands-on property management, market re-positioning, and capital upgrades. Diamond Properties has implemented a comprehensive sustainable energy program that includes the installation of 7,602 solar panels across 10 acres of rooftop space, making Diamond Properties a leader in solar energy adoption in Westchester County and New York State. Including completed and in-progress projects, the total output of Diamond’s solar panels in New York and Connecticut is 7 megawatts — enough to power more than 1,050 homes in New York, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Outstanding Achievement in Materials Management:

  • Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital & Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital: For more than 100 years Montefiore has been innovating new treatments, new procedures and new approaches to patient care, including the incorporation of sustainability into their policies, practices and health care facilities throughout the region. Montefiore Mount Vernon and Montefiore New Rochelle have demonstrated excellence in the area of materials management by investing in a new biodigester to eliminate food waste, implementing single stream recycling and purchasing a range of environmentally friendly products.

Outstanding Achievement in Transportation:

  • Atlantic Westchester, Inc.: Atlantic Westchester is a commercial Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) company dedicated to providing clients with intelligent, energy-efficient solutions that optimize building performance, lower operating costs and improve comfort. Headquartered in Bedford Hills, NY, Atlantic Westchester is committed to organization-wide sustainability and has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the area of transportation through implementation of ride sharing for technicians and the conversion of its vehicle fleet to more fuel-efficient vehicles. The company achieved Westchester Green Business Certification in December 2015.    

Outstanding Achievement in Land Use:

  • Greenburgh Nature Center: The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is a 33-acre nature preserve that attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year. The property is a significant wildlife habitat refuge, both for indigenous species and for the hundreds of species of migratory birds. The organization has implemented wide-ranging sustainability measures and demonstrated excellence in many areas, including the way it manages and protects its land.  This includes the composting of all food waste on site, use of 100% natural/non-toxic products, the monitoring and removal of invasive plant species and installation of a rain garden to prevent flooding.  

Outstanding Achievement in Water Resources:

  • Smiles on Hudson Dentistry: Smiles on Hudson is an innovative dental practice led by Dr. Robert Gold and a team of employees dedicated to environmental sustainability. Smiles on Hudson moved to a new location in Croton-on-Hudson in July 2014, where being green and embracing sustainable business practices was made the responsibility of every employee. From building materials to products within the practice, each decision is made with the environment in mind, and staff members are encouraged to participate, discuss, and suggest any new ideas for making Smiles on Hudson the most environmentally friendly place to work. Among the practice’s achievements in the area of water resources is the investment in a dry vacuum pump that uses virtually no water and will save over 200,000 gallons of water per year.

 

Thank you to our event sponsors:

  • Heineken
  • Safari Energy
  • Suburban Carting Company
  • Vino 100 Wine & Spirits
  • Yonkers Tennis Center

Event venue:

  • The Briarcliff Manor