The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s E.V.E.R Green Committee hosted its annual Eco Expo and Green Means Green Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 19 at 11:00 AM at La Jolla Ballroom in honor of Earth Day. This event was sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors, Waste Management, Clean Energy Green Corridor and Pro Energy Consultants. Refreshing cool “Green” cocktails were provided by Bacardi.
Special recognition was given to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as the Green Legacy Award winner, honoring their commitment to ecological sustainability for the past 75 years.
The Eco Expo provides the opportunity for eco-conscious businesses and consumers to showcase their products and services to the business community, while showcasing the impact that the green movement has on local businesses.
Leading the luncheon as “Greennote” speaker was Bernard Zyscovich, FAIA, President & Managing Partner of Zyscovich Architects, discussed “Health By Design for a Fit City”, which examines how design can create opportunities for increasing physical activity.
The Green Means Green Awards Luncheon recognizes the most innovative and impactful, environmentally friendly practices by a company or individual. The award categories and finalists are
• Green Building Award – sponsored by EWM Realtors 2525/2555 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables Museum, TD Bank and University of Miami’s Clinical Research Building
• Green Enterprise Award – sponsored by Waste Management Hines Interests Limited Partnership, IDEAS, Ygrene Energy Fund of Florida and Youth L.E.A.D.
• Green Pineapple Award – sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida Cycle Party USA, Green Gables Café, Sushi Maki and The Clifton Hotel
• Green Leader Award
Greg Hamra, Everblue; Ian McKeown, University of Miami; Jonathan Burgess, The Spinnaker Group; and Luiz Rodrigues, ECOMB
This year’s exhibitors included: Florida International University, Pure Environment Maintenance, Moss & Associates, Baptist Health South Florida, Waste Management, Clean Energy Green Corridor, Pro Energy Consultants, Gables Ponce, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Bacardi.