Green business challenge winners announced

Lucia’s World Emporium (top photo) and Habitat for Humanity (second photo) are the winners of Lexington’s 2015 Green Business Challenge. The challenge, organized nationally by the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), is designed to improve community sustainability by providing tools and technical support for business who wish to incorporate green business practices into their operations. Habitat won in the property owner category while Lucia’s won in the leased space category.

The winners were recognized in a ceremony on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Lucia’s. Councilmember Jake Gibbs presented each with a certificate along with a $1,000 gift card from Office Depot, the national platinum sponsor of the Green Business Challenge.

Ken Lennon, the Office Depot representative at the ceremony, pointed out that “Lexington is one of only four cities in the United States to be selected for the grant offered by Office Depot through ICLEI in 2015. Office Depot strives to make green purchasing easy, and the Green Business Challenge is a good opportunity to show how that’s true through the greener purchasing training and other resources offered to challenge participants.”

The Challenge featured an engaging, activity-based format to keep businesses involved and improving throughout the competition period. More than 100 activities were available to complete for points – everything from creating a green team to earning LEED certification.

This is the fifth year that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has participated in the challenge with Bluegrass Greensource managing the program. The 2015 challenge was made possible with generous support from the ICLEI, Green Per Square Foot, Office Depot, and Lexington businesses Graybar and the Klausing Group.

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