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City awards school, businesses for being 'green'

City awards schools, business for being green

"Green is the new black."

Mayor Bill Hargis said it best himself Thursday morning at Woodbury's annual Business Town Meeting, where the city handed out Environmental Excellence awards to four businesses and one school.

It's the second year the city has recognized businesses or organizations that have demonstrated environmental leadership to make a more sustainable community.

The awards were developed in 2008 by the Woodbury Sustainability Committee, a group of city council-appointed citizens, to promote sustainability in the community.

Among a crowd of members of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, Hargis gave a short summary of each of the award-winning organizations and their contributions to the community via efforts in environmental education, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable business practices, or green building.

Winners in each category of the 2009 Environment Excellence Awards include:

• Crosswinds Arts & Science School - Environmental Education & Awareness

• Robert Engstrom Companies - Green Building

• Pack & Mail - Waste Reduction and Recycling

• St. Croix Cleaners - Sustainable Business Practices

• Tamarack Village Shopping Center - Energy Efficiency and Conservation

More on these organizations available in the May 13 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin.