SBR’s Recognition Program is a continuous improvement program structured to help businesses reach achievable sustainability targets.

We want to recognize your company for its sustainable business practices – those decisions that lower expenses and reduce the environmental footprint of  your company. We offer increased exposure for the exemplary accomplishments of leaders, initiatives, and organizations working to reduce the impact of their business on our environment.




Let us know about your successes by applying for the Recognition Program Awards! The program is open to SBR members in good standing. The 2020 Application window opened on January 28th and closed on June 18th.  Awardees will be recognized during a Recognition Ceremony at SBR’s annual marquee event, the Sustainable Business Summit, on September 22-23rd, 2020. Learn more about our 2020 Recognition Application in this informational video, click here!


Award categories


Companies are awarded sustainability awards at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. Specific projects are awarded the following:


  • Most Innovative Sustainability Project
  • Community Impact Award
  • Board of Directors’ Choice Award


In addition, one individual is presented with the Eric Lindstrom Sustainability Star Award. This is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond to create an environmentally and economically resilient Western New York. The honoree does not need to be a member of SBR to be considered for this award, however SBR members must nominate all candidates. The 2020 nomination form can be found here.  



Award Winners 




The organizations recognized at the 2019 Summit embody the SBR’s Pledge to become a thriving and resilient business by establishing plans to reduce material waste, protect our waterways, optimize use of energy, and invest in our communities with an overall goal of reducing their footprint and becoming role models in the business community. The following companies were recognized for their outstanding work in sustainability. 


Gold Level: Wendel and Curbell




Silver Level: Harmac Medical Products, Erie County, Buffalo Zoo & Goldfarb Financial




In addition to overall recognition, three companies and one individual were recognized in specific categories:


  • Most Innovative Sustainability Project awarded to Harmac Medical Products for their waste reduction of foam sheets and nylon wipes.
  • Community Impact Award was awarded to both Goldfarb Financial for their Money Talks speaker series and the Buffalo Zoo for its native plantings initiative.
  • The Board of Directors Choice Award honored Erie County for its Climate Action, Sustainability Plan execution, and relentless commitment to mitigating the impact of climate change within the bounds of our community.



The 2019 Eric Lindstrom Sustainability Star Award was presented to Tom Leone, President of Curbell Industries, for his exemplary commitment to the advancement of sustainable business practices in WNY.



SBR recognized ten local companies as leaders in sustainability and sound environmental practices:

  • Perry’s Ice cream
  • Niagara Malt LLC
  • Harmac Medical Products
  • Erie County
  • Curbell
  • Wendel
  • University at Buffalo
  • Tri-Main Development LLC
  • Triad Recycling
  • Tapecon



 Business Stories


 Harmac Medical Products 



 Awarded 2019 Silver Level Recognition and Most innovative Sustainability Project for keeping 60,000 foam sheets and 20 cases of wipes out of landfill


“In 2018 our manufacturing and engineering group found that we were discarding 3,000 foam sheets and over a case of nylon wipes every week. The material was used to protect molded parts manufactured in one clean room, as they were transported to another clean room for final assembly. The engineering teams worked together with the operators to implement a process to save the packaging materials, return them to the warehouse and re-use them. While this seems pretty simple for most industries, Harmac had to implement this process in accordance with all FDA, and ISO 13485 regulations to ensure the integrity and quality of the product is not compromised. This process took about 6 months to implement, and has had a significant impact. In just 5 months we have saved almost $30,000 by reusing the materials, and have kept 60,000 foam sheets and 20 cases of wipes out of landfill. One of the most rewarding pieces of this project, is that it was completely driven by manufacturing and not the EH&S department or Green Team.”



Buffalo Zoo 



 Awarded 2019 Silver Level Recognition and Community Impact Award for their Native Plantings Program


 Though the Buffalo Zoo’s primary collection includes animals from every continent, we also have an impressive botanical collection.  The Zoo’s 23.5-acre campus is situated in Delaware Park, one of the premier Olmsted Parks in Buffalo. To maintain the park-like atmosphere, our public spaces are well planted.  Exhibit spaces also require select plantings. One of the Buffalo Zoo’s sustainability goals is to increase the number of native plant species at the Zoo by 5-10% each year over the course of 5-10 years.  Planting natives reduces the need for watering and attracts fewer unwanted pests, thereby reducing the need for pesticides.  To reach this goal, any perennial planted must be a native species. This has led to the creation of pollinator gardens with 15 different pollinator species to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.  In addition, we have eliminated several invasive plants such as Japanese honeysuckle and obedient plant.  Rather than using harmful herbicides to eliminate weeds, we use a “weed dragon” that utilizes heat to kill weeds.”



Erie County



Awarded 2019 Silver Level Recognition and Board of Director’s Choice Award for their Climate Action & Sustainability Plan


“Erie County developed a Climate Action & Sustainability Plan (CASP) for internal operations as a blueprint of actions the County can take to mitigate its production of greenhouse gases (GHG) and lessen its contribution to climate change. The CASP contains overall GHG emission reduction goals, which were originally aligned with those of the Paris Agreement, 26-28% by 2025 based on a 2005 baseline. After a GHG inventory showed that the County’s internal operations has reduced its emissions by 27% (already fulfilling the Paris goals), the Core Green Team set new aggressive yet achievable reduction goals against the 2005 baseline. The goals were set over three time periods:  Short-term (2020) – achieve 32% overall GHG emissions reduction, Mid-term (2025) – achieve 50% overall GHG emissions reduction, and Long-term (2040) – achieve 80% overall GHG emissions reduction. By following the actions recommended in the CASP, Erie County can create financial savings, keep dollars in the local economy, support new jobs, improve air quality, and attract and retain dedicated public servants.”