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Many Utah companies strive day in and day out to find ways to increase their environmental sustainability, but some go above and beyond with innovative practices and company initiatives. Utah Business magazine honored 17 such companies during its 2013 Sustainable Business Awards luncheon Tuesday.
The companies were honored in a variety of categories, including products/services, company programs/initiatives, innovation, solar, waste and recycling, air quality, building, government/non-profit, public service and social impact. Each company agreed that working toward a more sustainable community and world is a major business focus.
Jeff Robertson, customer complaints analyst and head of USANA Green, accepted the award for USANA Health Sciences in the company program/initiatives category.
“Making sure there’s enough room at the table for all of us here in this world is important,” he said. “We’re very excited to be working on that.”
Chris Littell, chief marketing officer at Vivint Solar, accepted the company’s award in the solar category.
“I’m pleased with the progress solar has made in the last couple of years,” he said. “We look forward to green businesses, jobs and opportunities growing.”
Sonia Thomas, founder of Olanova Global and recipient of the waste and recycling award, said she was grateful to be at an event with so many like-minded people who are working toward the same goal of sustainability. Robert Sullivan, owner of Utah Food Services and recipient of the waste and recycling award, echoed those statements and challenged his peers to help find a way to increase recycling in the state.
Dave Nielson, co-president of Overstock.com and recipient of the air quality award, said: “Sustainability is such an important initiative and cause. Our CEO says it best. ‘You don’t do the right thing because it affects the bottom line. You do the right thing because you’re a guy who does the right thing.’”
The honorees are:
USANA Health Sciences
Energy Commercialization Center
Mary Ann Maycock
Waste and recycling:
Utah Food Services
Nu Skin Enterprises
Salt Lake Community College
Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
Wasatch Solar Challenge
Read more about each of the company’s accomplishments and sustainability measures in the November issue of Utah Business.