12th Annual Sustainable Design Awards Press Release


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Adrian Grenier, Sprint, Fisker, Starbucks Coffee Company & 350.org Honored for Environmental Leadership at Global Green USA’s 12th Annual Sustainable Design Awards

Good Morning America's Sam Champion Headlined Awards Ceremony

**Photos from the event NOW available at www.globalgreen.org/nyphotos**

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 15, 2011)— Global Green USA last night hosted the 12th annual Sustainable Design Awards at the Hilton New York. Actor Adrian Grenier, Sprint, Fisker, Starbucks Coffee Co. and 350.org were honored for their pioneering sustainability efforts.

“Global Green’s annual Sustainable Design Awards celebrate and honor those who are changing the world and fighting climate change through innovation,” said Global Green President & CEO Matt Petersen. “This year we honored a spectacular group of honorees in Adrian Grenier, Sprint, Fisker, Starbucks and 350.org. Each has created a new path towards sustainability, and they have formed blueprints for action that the rest of us can follow.”

Good Morning America’s Sam Champion provided welcoming remarks andNew Orleans jazz legend Dr. John performed. 

Awards and awardees included:

Entertainment and Design Award—Adrian Grenier, Actor & Environmentalist

Grenier received the award in recognition of his work through SHFT.com, social, and traditional media to communicate and promote eco-friendly lifestyle choices.

Product Design Award—Steve Elfman, Sprint President of Network Operations and Wholesale

Sprint was recognized for their latest eco-friendly phone: the Samsung Replenish, which is made from 82% recyclable materials and is the first phone in the United States to receive platinum certification from Underwriters Laboratory Environment.

Corporate Design Award—Henrik Fisker, Fisker Automotive CEO

Fisker was recognized award for the exceptional ‘design’ and sustainability of the Fisker Karma and the organization’s commitment to creating the first truly green car company.

Green Building Design Award—Arthur Rubinfeld, Starbucks President of Global Development

Starbucks received this award for the company’s commitment to increasing the sustainability of its stores and their global operations—and for achieving LEED certification for all new company-owned stores beginning in 2010.

Organizational Design Award—Bill McKibben & May Boeve, Co-Founders of 350.org

This award honored 350.org’s co-founders for their groundbreaking ‘design’ of one of the most widespread global grassroots movements in history, and their efforts to raise awareness about the most threatening issue of our time: climate change.

The award ceremony took place at the Hilton New York, opening with a cocktail reception followed by an organic dinner and program. The event was chaired by Diane Meyer Simon and Tom Roell and co-chaired by Robert Bucklin, Pat Mitchell, Scott Seydel, and Ann & Jerry Moss.

The event also kicked off the online media sponsorship of the Mother Nature Network, as well as the exclusive sponsorship of 360 Vodka, offering the 360 Sustainable Citizen cocktail at the event.

Past Sustainable Design honorees include TIME Magazine, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, The Sundance Channel, Giorgio Armani, filmmaker Rolland Emmerich, Good Housekeeping, Gov. Bill Richardson, Russell Albanese and Tesla Motors. Notable past participants in include Katie Couric, Mayor Bloomberg, Kyra Sedgwick, Glenn Close, and Edward Norton. 

Global Green USA – the American arm of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International – was founded in 1993, and is a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to climate change that benefit humanity by saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions, improving health, creating green jobs, and securing a more sustainable future. For more than 18 years, Global Green has greened nearly $20 billion in new school and affordable housing construction; authored multiple state and national laws and policies on green building, climate change and energy-efficiency; and responded to environmental disasters from hurricanes, to chemical weapons dumping, to sea level rise and the melting of the poles. Global Green is the only national environmental group headquartered in Southern California and has offices in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

The Sustainable Design Awards were established in 1999 to recognize specific advancements in industry, building, media, organizations, and public policy. Whether they are helping to protect our air and water, eliminating weapons of mass destruction, stemming climate change, or raising the consciousness of millions, the 'designs' of these leaders -- who were bold and courageous enough to undertake these acts or commitments deserve to be applauded and celebrated to inspire and encourage others. They are held annually in New York.

For more information, please visit www.globalgreen.org/nyawards