New Orleans will be celebrating LifeCity’s second annual Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony, the Green Natties, on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at Eiffel Society. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the collective achievements in the sustainable business community and Green Natties contestants. The Patron Party will kick off the evening from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the award ceremony will start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for purchase until Thursday here.
“This Awards Ceremony will recognize such organizations that are examining more effective ways to improve their social and environmental impact and long-term city sustainability.”
The “green tie” event is open to the public and will feature live music, culinary treats, green cocktails, a silent auction and speakers including keynote Aaron Dirks of PosiGen, and City Council Member Susan Guidry. The silent auction will have items from the contestants and other sustainable businesses.
“We are seeing a growing group of hybrid, ‘for-benefit’ companies emerging in our community, where nonprofits leverage fee-for service programs and for-profits also embrace greater social responsibility,” said Melissa Ehlinger, Policy Director of the New Orleans Business Alliance.
The Selection Committee, who will choose the winners of the Competition, includes Susan Guidry, City Council Member, Charles Allen, Director of the City’s Coastal and Environmental Affairs, Melissa Ehlinger of the New Orleans Business Alliance and other business leaders and advocates of social entrepreneurship. They will be choosing the Most Improved and Best Overall Green Games contestants who had the greatest social and environmental impact in six sectors: restaurant, office, manufacturing, retail, nonprofit and services. One business will also be recognized for other sectors including Innovation, Partnership, Profit Strategy and Equity.
“The Green Natties is our chance to show the economic value of social and environmental impact in our community,” said Elizabeth Shephard, Founder and CSO of LifeCity. “The real long-term health of our City depends upon not just the sum of individual business choices, but the collaboration of our members together. We are excited to see businesses come together to make better choices as a part of the Green Games.”