Our 25th Anniversary Gala
Green Seal - as a mission-focused nonprofit, rarely draws attention to our accomplishments publicly. We prefer to focus on the companies and services that are achieving and maintaining certification - those who are investing time and money to transform their industries. But this year, our twenty-fifth year, we felt it was time to take a brief moment to celebrate our successes! Our 25th Anniversary Gala took place on October 8th in Washington, DC. We welcomed our clients, partners, and other sustainability leaders to help us celebrate 4,000 certified products and services, 31 science-based standards, and many other exciting leadership-focused initiatives. The evening was a wild success as you will see below. We greatly thank those who attended, sponsored, and supported this event.
Enjoy few highlights below...
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Our Event Hosts: Bill Nye, The Science Guy, and Rachelle Carson-Begley.
Remarks by: First CEO of Green Seal and Coordinator of the first Earth Day: Denis Hayes, and Green Seal's Chair of the Board of Directors Gary Petersen.
Special Guest and Speaker: Kate Brandt, the Federal Environmental Executive appointed by President Obama spoke briefly on environmental purchasing, while an animated timeline of Green Seal’s 25 years played on the 20-foot screen.
Honorees: We presented two categories of awards: Longevity Awards (leadership in the market for 10+ years) including: Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. - for 20+ years with Green Seal-certified products. For 15+ years with Green Seal-certified products, we awarded: Andersen Corporation, A.V. Olsson Trading Company, Inc., and Trane. And 29 other companies received recognition for ten or more years with Green Seal certifications: 3M, Airlie, Amano Pioneer Eclipse, Aramark Betco Corp., Buckeye International, Inc., Chemspec, Cleanline Products Inc., CORE Products Company Inc., Ecolab EnvirOx, LLC, Essential Industries, Inc., Fuller Industries, LLC, Hillyard Inc., IPAX Cleanogel, Inc., National Chemical Laboratories, Inc., NILodor, Inc., Nyco Products Company, Office Depot, Rochester Midland Corp., Sealed Air - Diversey Care, Signal Mountain Lodge, Spartan Chemical Company, Inc., Staples, Inc., Stearns Packaging Corp., Wausau Paper, WORX Environmental Products Inc., Zep Inc.
Our Outstanding Partners: the Building Wellness Institute, the Healthy Schools Network, and the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition.
Student Guests and Volunteers: Student representatives from the University of Maryland, Georgetown and American University presented posters on their schools’ sustainability efforts.
Our celebration was supported by an Honorary Host Committee featuring environmental leaders from the worlds of politics, activism and entertainment. The Host Committee included 3 senators, 4 members of congress, sustainability professionals and activists, and actors such as Blythe Danner and Ted Danson.
The Venue: The Newseum in Washington, DC - steps away from the US Capitol Building.
The Food: Sustainably catered by Wolfgang Puck Restaurants