Natural Leaders Awards 2010

Conserve Georgia and the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia joined forces to recognize organizations that are leading the way in sustainability and in fostering a culture of conservation.  At the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, several hundred attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared primarily from locally grown and organic foods, on tables dressed in green cloths with baskets of herbs and flowers.  (We could take home the plants, and the baskets were returned to be reused.)  In presenting awards, Governor Perdue stressed that “conservation means stewardship” of the vital natural resources of the state.    

I had the privilege of working with the event organizers at the Sustainability Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help design and co-facilitate the morning session.  “Speed Networking” kicked off the day by providing attendees with a chance to meet others.  (Think “Speed Dating” except with business cards and elevator pitches.)  The remainder of the morning was used to form Collaborative Learning Networks around seven sustainability topics.  During this highly interactive activity, participants were free to move among the topics to brainstorm needs, questions, resources and recommendations for forming networks for ongoing learning and collaboration.  Serving as conveners and connectors, The Sustainability Division hopes this forum will encourage ongoing peer learning to surface solutions, raise awareness and generate possibilities for a more sustainable future. 

While there’s much to do in following up, it was energizing to see the interaction and connections being made.  One participant said “I can’t believe the diversity of the people I met here today.”  Another exclaimed “This was the best (Natural Leaders) event so far.” 

2010 Award Winners:

Conserve Georgia Awards were given to the following organizations to recognize them for helping to create a culture of conservation through land, energy and water conservation and for promoting recycling:

Energy Conservation – Ecolink, Inc. (Tucker, GA)

Land Conservation – Chatham County Resource Protection Commission (Savannah)

Natural Resource Stewardship – Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)

Recycling Award – Keep Cobb Beautiful (Marietta)

Water Conservation – TOTO USA (Morrow)

The Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia recognized businesses, organizations and communities for excellence in their sustainability leadership.  The 2010 winners were:


Advocate of the Year – Design That Works (Atlanta)

Outreach and Employee Involvement – Atlanta Regional Commission (Atlanta)

Rising Environmental Stewardship – Ecolink Inc. (Tucker) and ignition, Inc. (Atlanta)

Environmental Performance – John Deere Commercial Products (Augusta)

Innovation Award – Unicoi State Park (Helen)

Partner of the Year – TDK Corporation (Duluth and Peachtree City)

Strategic Imperatives was proud to be a sponsor of the event.  As a Champion member of the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia, we have collaborated on other projects as well such as the Sustainability Leadership Series. 


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