Green Jobs Award Now Open For Business

Do you know of an entrepreneurial innovator that’s leading the way in creating green jobs? Nominations are now open for the 2011 national Green Jobs Award program, presented by SJF Institute and Clean Edge with support from the Citi Foundation. It is designed to accelerate sustainable businesses and demonstrate the potential for a greener economy across the nation.

Last year’s winners ran the gamut from renewable energy and energy efficiency to consumer products, manufacturing and engineering; they included both cutting-edge clean tech and green innovators operating in traditional industries. All told, the 2010 Green Jobs Award winners represented more than $150 million in revenue and created more than 1,300 green jobs.

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All privately-held companies with at least $500,000 in revenue and a business model that “preserves or enhances environmental quality” are eligible to apply. Decisions will be made based on the applicant’s business model’s viability and positive environmental impact, its creation of quality jobs, diversity of employment, positive workforce culture and level of community engagement.

Winning companies will be recognized at a Green Jobs Convening and Award event in October, and will also receive a package of pro bono business services provided by certified B Corporations. The deadline for nominations is May 31; companies can apply directly through June 15.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.