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WMEAC honors three organizations with Triple Top Line awards for their sustainability efforts

Sharon Hanks – Rapid Growth Media

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council has
honored three organizations with its second annual Triple Top Line award
for their efforts that have or will soon contribute to the region’s
rich tapestry of sustainability practices.

The three were
recognized for their demonstrated, significant and positive impact on
West Michigan’s triple top line — environment, economy and social
equity — commonly known as the triple bottom line.

The awards,
chosen through a public, on-line voting system, were first given out in
celebration of WMEAC’s 40th anniversary and are a fitting tribute to
celebrate today’s Earth Day observance.

This year’s winners are:

Clothing
Matters,
 141 Diamond Ave. SE, a Grand Rapids retailer established
in 1996 that supports practices that conserve natural resources, reduces
pollution and promotes social justice through the sale of apparel made
from organic cotton, silk, soy, tencel, wool, hemp, recycled fibers and
bamboo for men and women.

Friends of Grand
Rapids Parks
, an independent, citizen-led, non-profit enterprise
founded in Grand Rapids last year to protect, enhance and expand area
parks and public spaces.

Lower Grand Rapids Organization of Watersheds, a
non-profit organization established last year by the Grand Valley
Metropolitan Council to oversee restoration, protection and enhancement
activities in the lower Grand River drainage basin spanning 3,000 square
miles.

“I think the quality of entries were really impressive,”
says Rachael Hood, WMEAC executive director. “We’re just incredibly
thankful to have so many business and community leaders who understand
their work and how to do it so it protects our environment, our economy
and our quality of life. The achievements we’re beginning to see through
the application process are really enormous, systematic changes in the
region.”

Source: Rachael Hood, executive director, West Michigan
Environmental Action Council

Sharon Hanks is innovations
and jobs news editor at Rapid Growth Media. Please send story ideas and
comments for the column to Sharon at sharon@rapidgrowthmedia.com. She
also is owner of The Write Words in Grand Rapids.

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