environmental excellence

Valley Forward Showcases Environmental Excellence

It may not be easy being green but in today’s world, it might be the only way for companies to survive. Consumers are increasingly attracted to “greener” options, forcing organizations of all sizes and industry sectors to reevaluate how they operate.

Those that figure out how to do it right see a wide range of benefits from saving money to creating a healthier workplace. It further results in a more productive and satisfied workforce and ultimately a more sustainable future.

Valley Forward has been showcasing environmental excellence in the region for more than 30 years, recognizing contributions to quality of life and raising the bar for future development.

The organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards has become known as the “Academy Awards” of the local environmental community, setting standards for the exceptional physical, technical and social development of our metropolitan area. The awards are highly sought by companies both large and small, government agencies, cities and towns, design professionals, educators, media representatives, artists, technicians and others.

Environmental excellence takes many forms, from green buildings, magnificent desert vistas and livable communities to innovative public art, sustainable technologies and environmental education.

Sustainable development is more prevalent today than ever. The past few years has seen a record number of entries in the competition, and this program has become a powerful vehicle in advocating for the preservation of natural resources – air, water, open space and our unique desert environment.

If you have or know of green initiatives that should be recognized at the 32nd annual Environmental Excellence Awards program at the Westin Kierland on Sat., Sept. 29, get your entry in ASAP! The deadline is fast approaching.

In an effort to make the awards program as environmentally friendly as the projects submitted, Valley Forward is now requiring all entries be submitted electronically through an FTP site and will not accept any printed, hard copy materials!

Nominations will be accepted through 4 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012, in the following categories: Buildings and Structures; Livable Communities; Site Development and Landscape; Art in Public Places; Environmental Technologies; Environmental Education/Communication; and Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award).

Environmental Excellence Awards nomination forms are available at valleyforward.org or calling (602) 240-2408.

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About Diane Brossart

Diane Brossart has a longtime connection with Valley Forward Association, having first joined the non-profit public interest organization 20 years ago. Brossart served on the Valley Forward Board of Directors for several years and was named President of the association in 1991. As President, Brossart oversees a staff of four and manages a host of committees, which focus on such issues as land use planning and desert preservation, transportation and air quality, water concerns and environmental education. Under Brossart's leadership, Valley Forward has received widespread recognition for its role in addressing environmental and quality of life issues in the Valley. Awards include an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9; Award of Distinction from the Western Mountain Region of the American Institute of Architects; and first-place honors from the City of Phoenix Mayor's Environmental Awards Program. Brossart also received the Phoenix Award from the Public Relations Society of America's Phoenix Chapter in 2008, in addition to the 2009 Champion of Sustainability Award through the Phoenix Business Journal's Green Pioneers program. She is also involved as a member of several civic organizations, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley Partnership, Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor and Phoenix Community Alliance. Prior to her work with Valley Forward, Brossart was Vice President of one of the Valley's largest public relations agencies, serving as a marketing consultant to Valley Forward and several commercial accounts. Brossart received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University in 1979 and began her professional career as a reporter for a daily newspaper in metropolitan Detroit.

One thought on “Valley Forward Showcases Environmental Excellence

  1. Richard Saling

    Good article. I partner with a Green Consumer Consumable Product Manufacturer that has been producing GREEN Products since 1985. I am still amazed at how many people just give lip service to the concept of living green and using all natural products.

    Thank you for being the lead on this, especially here in AZ where he deserts in the southern parts of our state are becoming trash heeps and the valley keeps spreading out when we could build high rises to preserve more of the desert, etc.

    At COMVoice Communications, we are paperless. All documents are PDF and emailed to each other and clients. We even use e-fax so we don’t use paper for that either. In our sales office, I have convince the sales team to work with the ambient light coming in from the windows instead of the lights and after a week, the team prefers them off.

    Keep up the good work.

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