RELEASE: Sustain Charlotte Announces Winners of 2016 Awards


April 21, 2016


Branyn Calegar, Communications + Development Director

Sustain Charlotte

Phone: 919.824.4301


Sustain Charlotte Announces Winners of 2016 Awards

CHARLOTTE, NC –Sustain Charlotte, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte’s sustainability challenges, recognized 71 Charlotte area citizens and organizations for their innovative work to address the region’s environmental, economic, and equity challenges. Awards were presented to 27 winners before a crowd of 300 at the 2016Sustain Charlotte Awards + Earth Day Celebration on Thursday, April 21 at LaCa Projects in Wesley Heights.

Local nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses, were recognized for helping to advanceCharlotte 2030:  A Sustainable Vision for Our Region, which Sustain Charlotte launched in 2010.

Sustain Charlotte Founder and Executive Director Shannon Binns welcomed the audience saying, “The diversity of organizations and their approaches to tackling some of our region’s toughest sustainability challenges is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of those who are leading us forward.” 

Awards were presented to three organizations in each of eight categories: Land Use, Sustainable Economy, Energy, Food, Waste Reduction, Social Equity, Transportation, and Water. Also, three individuals were recognized as Outstanding Leaders. The nine categories and this year’s winners are:


Winning Individual or Organization


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place


Central Piedmont Community College

Renewable Energy Transition Initiative

Optima Engineering


Atherton Market

The Humane League Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council

Land Use

Carolina Thread Trail

Tree Canopy Preservation Program, City of Charlotte

Catawba Lands Conservancy

Social Equity

Informative Technologies

Renewable Energy Transition Initiative

Javesca Coffee


John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Charlotte Air Awareness

Sustainable Economy


Javesca Coffee

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Waste Reduction

Promising Pages

Crown Town Compost

Treecycle America


Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

SAROS Desalination

Outstanding Leader

Damon Barron

Bill Zuehlke

Jill Walker


The sponsors of the 2016 event included: Presenting Sponsor ROOTS Catering; Platinum Sponsors MassMutual Carolinas and Google Fiber; Gold Sponsors Rodgers, Little, and Charlotte Magazine; Silver Sponsors O2 emc,  Blumenthal Foundation, Duke Energy,  S&D Coffee & Tea,  Moore & Van Allen, Whole Foods Market,  Healthy Home Market, Sean Busher Imagery, Boingo Graphics and Carolinas HealthCare System; Bronze Sponsors NC Sustainable Energy Association and The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

For more information on the event, visit the event website or contact Sustain Charlotte.

Sustain Charlotte is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte’s sustainability challenges. We inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come. for more.



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