Five Leaders recognized for Outstanding Designs to Help Stem Climate Change; Location of Awards Ceremony in Lower Manhattan Could be Under Water if Global Warming Goes Unchecked
New York, NY - December 3, 2007 - On the first day of the Bali climate change summit, Global Green USA honored leading innovators for their extraordinary contributions at their 8th Annual Designing a Sustainable and Secure World Awards event at New York's Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park on Monday, December 3rd. Unfortunately, if leaders do not act within the next few years, global warming could ultimately cause Lower Manhattan to be under water with a three meter sea level rise.
Katie Couric hosted the event, and speakers included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick, Josh Lucas, Eve Ensler, Brian Cox and Josie Maran. Other notable attendees included Chevy Chase, Pat Mitchell and Jeff Greenfield. The awards embody the environmental spirit of Global Green USA’s vision to foster a global value shift towards a sustainable and secure future.
The Designing a Sustainable and Secure World Awards help shine the light on the great innovations and leaders working to protect New York and other coastal cities by stemming global warming. “As we enter the Bali summit with the US and China refusing to reach meaningful targets to combat global warming, we are reminded of the great challenges we face. This year’s honorees point the way towards a green future,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA. “They’ve been walking the walk long before green became cool. We need more leaders like them given the renewed sense of urgency we received from the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) synthesis report.”
This year’s sustainable ‘designs’ being recognized by Global Green are:
Green Building Design Award: ALBANESE ORGANIZATION, INC., Russell C. Albanese, President. A leader in sustainable development in New York City, the Albanese Organization built America’s first environmentally advanced residential tower, the Solaire, and are currently building one of the greenest residential high rises in the world, the Visionaire, in Battery Park City, New York. They are helping popularize and demonstrate the benefits of creating smart green buildings that conserve water and energy.
Media and Entertainment Design Award: DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, David Zaslav, President and CEO. Discovery Communications has displayed unique leadership in raising popular awareness of environmental issues through its programming over the past 20 years. And now coming in 2008, Discovery will launch Planet Green, a global, cross-company initiative with a commitment to document, preserve and celebrate the planet, including the first-ever 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network to more than 50 million homes. Planet Green speaks to people who want to understand green living and to those who truly want to make a difference by providing tools and information to meet the critical challenge of protecting our environment.
Industrial Design Award: PRATT INDUSTRIES, INC., Anthony Pratt, CEO and Chairman. Pratt industries, the largest privately owned paper and packaging company in the world, is a leader in environmental stewardship. Their 100% recycled paper mills in New York and Georgia use no toxic chemicals and keep 700,000 tons of waste paper from landfills.
Organizational Design Award: SHAKLEE CORPORATION, Sloan and Roger Barnett, Owners. Shaklee Corporation is one of the world's preeminent sustainable businesses. Founded 50 years ago, Shaklee is a leading provider of natural nutrition, personal care and environmentally-friendly household products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. It is also spreading the message of caring for the planet through its network of more than 750,000 Members and Distributors.
The Founders Award: SCOTT SEYDEL, President, EvCo. The Chairman of the Board for Global Green USA, Scott Seydel has helped guide the organization’s dramatic growth and increased effectiveness over the past several years. Through EvCo Research, he has also made significant contributions to the recycled food packaging product industry in more than three dozen countries. Seydel has also founded the Manhattan Prospect, a venture which will be announced at the awards.
Global Green USA - the American affiliate of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International was founded by Diane Meyer Simon in 1993. Global Green USA works to foster a global values shift towards a sustainable and secure future. Global Green USA hosts the Designing a Sustainable and Secure World Awards in New York to shine the light on some of today's innovative ‘designs’ and the visionary leaders that create or implement them.