AKRON, OH, September 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Robert Buchanan will be the keynote speaker for the second county-wide awards program that will showcase the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction and involvement of employees, in companies with 25 or less employees, companies with 26-250 employees, companies with more than 250 employees, Nonprofit/Community and Public Sector (Governmental/Schools). The Summit of Sustainability awards program will culminate in an awards breakfast on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at The University of Akron's Quaker Station Ballroom. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., breakfast and program begin at 8:00 a.m.---
Robert Buchanan founded Polar Bears International as an organization with a focus on polar bear research and proactive education on how to conserve the great white bears and their habitat. With that mission, PBI has attracted some of the world's finest scientists, zoologists, land management professionals, eco-tour operators, educators, government agencies and other NGOs. Funding provided by PBI helped support research that led to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species by the U.S. government. PBI is so well-respected by scientists that it was one of just two conservation groups invited to the recent IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group meeting. More recently, it became increasingly obvious to Robert and his wife Carolyn, that when you save the polar bear you save so many other different species, all of which are connected to the warming of the planet. Robert and Carolyn decided to focus their energies on changing the mindset of how humans care for this planet. No one seems to disagree that it is imperative that we leave this planet with clean air and clean water, so the Arctic Action Teams were formed. Their focus is to make zoos and aquariums the centers of conservation communication for their communities by inspiring and creating action to help achieve these two critical goals. It is human beings that have helped to cause this problem and only human beings can help fix it. The loss of the Arctic and Antarctic ice would have a devastating effect. Go to http://www.myactions.org to learn how you can help.
To be sustainable is to balance economic, environmental and social concerns, and to think about how actions today will affect future generations. In reality, it is about helping our community save energy and money, create more transportation choices, preserve clean air and bring economic prosperity in the process. To apply for the awards, companies and agencies had to be located within Summit County.
It is now time to go to http://www.SummitofSustainability.org to buy your tickets to attend so you can learn how the winners have become sustainable and been rewarded for it. Your company or organization can purchase a table of eight ($250) or individual luncheon tickets for $25, at the website. There is free surface parking at the Quaker Station.
The founding members: City of Akron, County of Summit, Keep Akron Beautiful, the Greater Akron Chamber and ReWorks, need to thank their partners, the generous sponsors who stepped forward to launch this awards program, remained or joined to refine it so that our collaboration can provide local sustainable best practices and mentors for businesses as we work together to be more responsible stewards of our shared environment:
Sustainable Champions - METRO RTA, Sterling Jewelers Inc. and the Akron Zoo
Conservation Leaders - Dominion Foundation, FirstEnergy Foundation, The University of Akron, River Valley Paper Company, Smart Business Network, Hasenstab Architects, and Waste Management Recycling Services - Greenstar Ohio Facility
Resource Guardian - Affinity Consultants, Inc., Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and Visual Marking Systems
Media Sponsors - The Summit-91.3FM, and Lockett Media
Keep Akron Beautiful is a 501(c) (3) agency celebrating their 32 years of serving the citizens of Akron by improving Akron's quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management. The agency facilitates Greenprint for Akron and The Summit of Sustainability Awards. For additional program information, visit http://www.keepakronbeautiful.org.
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