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Green Businesses Get Thumbs-Up At White Plains Awards Ceremony

Westchester business leaders were recognized Thursday night for their pioneering in sustainable land use and energy choices.
Westchester business leaders were recognized Thursday night for their pioneering in sustainable land use and energy choices. Photo Credit: BCW

RYE BROOK, N.Y. –  Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, Thursday night hosted the Westchester Green Business Challenge’s 5th Annual Recognition Event and Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains.

This year’s winners in their respective categories include:

· Outreach & Organizational Commitment: Suburban Carting Company (Briarcliff Manor)

· Energy : Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Tarrytown)

· Waste Management & Green Products: Allied Converters, Inc. (New Rochelle)

· Transportation: Diamond Properties, LLC (Mt. Kisco)

· Land Use & Water: Purchase College, State University of New York (Purchase)

"The Westchester business community has never been greener, thanks to the Westchester Green Business Challenge and its partners,” said Astorino. “Each year more business leaders are catching on that with the help of this program, they can make choices that are smart for the environment and for their bottom line."

First launched in 2009 in partnership with Westchester County, this public-private partnership between Westchester County and The Business Council of Westchester helps Westchester-based organizations become environmentally sustainable while simultaneously improving operational performance and saving money. To date, over 300 local businesses have joined to become Westchester Green Business-Certified.

The highly prestigious Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award was presented this year to Arc Westchester, the largest agency in the county serving children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Headquartered in Hawthorne NY, Arc Westchester has more than 800 employees and has incorporated sustainability into all aspects of their business.

“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,” BCW President and CEO 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.”

In addition to the awards, 14 organizations that have achieved certification were recognized at the ceremony.

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