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 and make positive contributions to our community. This animated video describes why and how you should apply!

 

 

Let us know about your successes by applying for the Recognition Program Awards! The program is open to SBR members in good standing. The 2021 application window opens on January 19th and closes on March19th. A pdf version of the application document is available HERE, and a google doc version of the application is available HERE!

 

All SBR member companies that achieve at least bronze level receive a certificate from the SBR Board of Directors. This distinction will be announced at our annual marquee event, the Sustainable Business Summit, and be highlighted on SBR’s website and social media channels. In addition to the achievement levels, SBR recognizes outstanding projects described in Section 2 of the application. Outstanding projects selected for recognition will receive an engraved award that will be presented during SBR’s annual Summit. They will also be highlighted in widely disseminated paid advertisement in addition to SBR’s website and social media channels. 

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 2021 nomination form can be found 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

 

 

Award Winners 

 

2021

The organizations recognized at the 2021 Summit embody the SBR’s Principles 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. 

 

Platinum Level: National Grid, Tesla, & University at Buffalo

Gold Level:  Harmac Medical Products, Erie County, Wendel, Goldfarb Financial, Curbell, Perry’s Ice Cream, Niagara Malt, & M&T Bank

Silver Level:  Triad Recycling, Montante Solar, ARCA, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Catholic Health, Chudy Paper, Eaton Office Supply, Environmental Advantage Inc., Guard Contracting, & LED Energy Solutions

Bronze Level:  ECIDA, FIFCO USA, materialsIn, & NOCO Energy

 

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

  • Most Innovative Sustainability Project awarded to NOCO Energy for their efforts to greatly improve lighting efficiency by converting all lighting at their facility to LED and for their composting innovations of developing both a traditional composting facility and the other in a food waste to black soldier fly protein processing facility.
  • Community Impact Award was awarded to Rich Products for their support and collaboration with the Massachusetts Avenue Project to combat unprecedented threats to local food security during the COVID pandemic from farm to family table through their Mobile Market Food Access Initiative.
  • The Board of Directors Choice Award honored University at Buffalo for their incredible achievement of converting to 100% renewable electricity and a carbon footprint reduction of 33%.

 

2020

Read out press release announcing our 2020 Recognition Winners here!

 

Gold Level:  Curbell, Niagara Malt, Perry’s Ice Cream, Triad Recycling & Wendel

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

Bronze Level:  Montante Solar

 

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

  • Most Innovative Sustainability Project awarded to Niagara Malt for recently achieving climate neutrality through a host of groundbreaking initiatives including installation of a wood pellet boiler, onsite solar energy production and more.
  • Community Impact Award was awarded to both Montante Solar for their Community Solar Array Project, featuring collaborations for protection of natural habitat and wildlife during construction, and integration of native plant species into the design to increase habitat for native pollinators.
  • The Board of Directors Choice Award honored Perry’s Ice Cream for their continued upgrades to more efficient lighting and new energy efficient heating process.

The 2020 Eric Lindstrom Sustainability Star Award was presented to Zandra Cunningham, CEO of Zandra Beauty, for her examplary efforts to build a business based on sustainable products manufactured in Western New York.

 

2019

 

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.

2018

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

2021 Business Stories

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2020 Business Stories

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2019 Business Stories

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