Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Businesses Lead Cool Cities Coalition Winners

Cool Cities Coalition Winners show off their awards.^

Cox Communication, Member One Credit Union and Katie Wallace of the Wallace Agency were the business winners this morning at the annual Cool Cities Coalition Awards in Roanoke.

The coalition gives its awards to individuals and institutions in the region who have helped in one way or another to make the environment more liveable.

Cox, which has earned a substantial environmental reputation, was cited for a number of efforts, most notably reducing its carbon footprint by 20 percent in 10 years. Katie Wallace was cited for her efforts toward the "Save a Ton" campaign and a presentation design for Roanoke's Green Citizens Academy. Member One's award hinges on its new environmentally friendly, 15,900-square-foot building that is expected to cut energy costs by 25 percent.

Other winners included the Roanoke Sierra Club, Anne Marie Green of Roanoke County, Jim Vodnik of Roanoke County, Herman L. Horn Elementary School, volunteer Keith Weinwurm and Virginia Green Schools Challenges' Steve Sunderman. Roanoke Public Schools won a special achievement for winning the Green School Challenge for the entire state.

--Dan Smith, story and photo

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