2011 Green Coast Award Winners Announced

The fourth Annual Green Coast Award winners were announced Wednesday, November 16, at the fourth Annual Fairfield County Green Faire at Grand Restaurant and Lounge in Stamford, Connecticut. Fairfield Green Food Guide is proud to be named a 2011 Green Coast Award winner and we thank all our readers for your votes! Four green food businesses we love – Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe, Health in a Hurry, Port Coffeehouse and the Westport Farmers’ Market – are among the 2011 award winners and we congratulate them. Please find a complete list of all 28 winners below and we welcome you to join us on Dec. 6 as we accept our award.

Twenty-eight businesses, organizations and individuals were honored this year and are recognized at both the Green Faire in Stamford and also Green Drinks, December 6 at The Shack Hometown Grille, in Fairfield, Connecticut from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Voting for the Green Coast Awards was completed online at GreenCoastAwards.com from January 1st-November 10th. All winners were reviewed for their contribution to sustainability and approved by Matt Turek, Director of the Green Coast Awards, as well as approved by the Green Coast Award advisory committee. “This year’s 28 Green Coast Award winners represent all areas of sustainability, and demonstrate that Connecticut is on its way to building a more sustainable infrastructure,“ said Mr. Turek.

Patrice Gillespie, of Clean Air – Cool Planet received the Green Coast Award for Leader in Sustainability at the Stamford reception. Patrice thanked the GCA voters and the advisory council by saying, “We are all learning about environmental stewardship from one another, and almost every day I have a ‘V-8’ forehead-smacking moment when an urgently needed idea about sustainability is revealed to me. By now, there are hundreds of innovators whom I know personally and who are contributing greatly to the collective ‘Green Intel’ just in this region. I salute them all and hope that together we effect tremendous progress in 2012.”

Town of Fairfield won the Town category and newly elected First Selectman Mike Tetreau will be in attendance at the December 6th Green Drinks gathering, which features Green Coast Award winners including Fairfield Green Food Guide. When given the good news about Fairfield’s award, First Selectman Tetreau said, “The Town of Fairfield is honored to receive this award and to be recognized in this manner. It’s a testament to our on-going commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability for the well being of all of our citizens. Thank you.”

A long-time friend of environmental efforts and a strong supporter of local green initiatives, Mayor Bill Finch won the Green Coast Awards for Mayor. The City of Bridgeport recently celebrated the Third Annual Green Market Exposition at City Hall Annex, a celebration of Connecticut’s green infrastructure. In an interview with GreenTowns, at the GME, Mayor Finch talked about the many green projects and initiatives that are going on in Bridgeport.

For a complete list of all winners, please visit the Green Coast Awards Initiative page on GreenTowns.

Recognizing a growing interest among local residents and businesses for protecting the environment, Daphne Dixon founded the Green Coast Awards, an initiative of Conscious Decisions, in 2007, to support and promote local sustainability, eco-friendly living practices and the celebrate the people behind these efforts. A native Californian and a resident of Fairfield, she has over twenty years of public relations, community organization and event planning experience. Daphne has been working closely with local leaders, businesses and residents to raise awareness and to engage people in green living practices. “By making smart choices, individuals can and do make a difference,” said Dixon.

Voting for the 2012 Green Coast Awards begins January 1, 2012 at www.greencoastawards.com

Please join Fairfield Green Food Guide’s founder, Analiese Paik, on Dec. 6 at Green Drinks Fairfield at The Shack Hometown Grille in Fairfield, Connecticut from 6:00pm-8:00pm to celebrate the awards and network with members and guests including First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Slow Food Metro North. Click here to RSVP. Attendance is free.

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