When we launched our Citizen Entrepreneur Contest to identify local green heroes, we hoped to elicit nominations of individuals who are true local green heroes, each taking responsibility for a corner of their world. We got an incredible response of more than 130 nominations, so choosing the winner proved to be a challenge, made only more difficult by the outpouring of public support during the voting phase.
Today, I am pleased to announce that Cassie Parsons, a farmer and chef/restauranteur from Charlotte, North Carolina, took our top prize to help support a community garden project in a low-income community. We also received additional funding to award 2nd and 3rd place prizes, and five runners-up. This all reinforces the call for not only leadership in the halls of government and corporate board rooms, but for local green heroes who embody the spirit of Citizen Entrepreneurs. Watch out for future announcements in our ongoing search to celebrate and support citizen entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, find out about all the winners.