Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT: The 2012 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence has been awarded to the Northshire Bookstore in partnership with Alan Benoit. Northshire and Benoit won in the small business category because the, “Community bookstore Northshire has implemented renewable energy projects, installed a solar interactive education kiosk, and partnered with local architect Alan Benoit, who has provided over 30 workshops on various sustainable living topics at the bookstore for the general public.”
Chris Morrow, bookstore co-owner, has long had a commitment to environmental issues. “I have strong passion for working on the myriad issues facing our species and planet. ‘Environment’ is not separate from business or society – we live in a complex, interconnected world. I thank the State for recognizing our small efforts and Alan for working so assiduously on educating us on so many important topics.” Alan Benoit, local architect and owner of Sustainable Design commented, “I have always been looking for a way to increase public awareness about all things green. My Sustainable Living presentation series has given me the opportunity to share my knowledge and that of other local experts with the community on the topics of energy, architecture, efficiency, gardening and sustainability.”
The Vermont Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence were established in 1993 to recognize the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 170 efforts of Vermont organizations, institutions, public agencies, businesses, and individuals have been recognized. These projects contribute significantly to Vermont’s environmental quality and encourage others to take action. Secretary Deb Markowitz said, “We were pleased with the number of great applications we received for the Governor’s Awards this year. Vermont’s businesses, schools and individuals see that good environmental practices are not just good for Vermont but they also benefit the bottom line.”
The 2012 recipients of the Governor’s Awards will be recognized by Governor Peter Shumlin and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz on May 15, at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s annual spring conference at the University of Vermont Davis Center.