Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

18 firms win University of Tampa group's Sustainable Business Award

DOWNTOWN — For the third year, a cadre of University of Tampa graduate students looking into business practices in the Tampa Bay area has singled out companies with winning ways.

Eighteen firms received the 2011 Sustainable Business Award at a luncheon last week. The award, sponsored by Earth Charter U.S., recognizes a company's ability to succeed while protecting the environment, providing an employee-friendly workplace and serving the community.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot,'' said business student Krista Holle, 27, who expects to earn her master's degree in December. Holle researched ProShred, a Clearwater-based firm that sends trucks on site to shred customers' documents.

Holle was impressed by the company's environmentally friendly late-model trucks, which have cleaner exhaust emissions.

She said the company's employee-friendly measures include excellent benefits packages and flexible work schedules so employees can take care of family needs.

ProShred also has donated its services to a number of nonprofit organizations, which in turn has helped it win new customers, Holle says.

Mark MacMillan, president of ProShred, said, "It's good to get recognized for kind of doing the right thing.''

Jan Roberts, an adjunct professor at UT, founded Earth Charter U.S., part of a worldwide organization dedicated to building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Roberts, who teaches a course in sustainable businesses, said it was no trouble getting graduate business students interested in the project.

"It's this generation that's really aware.''

This year's other winners are: Accusoft Pegasus, Alvarez New Concepts, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman, Clark Environmental Inc., Creative Signs Designs, Eco2Assets, EVOS, IKEA Tampa, Marketing Arm International Inc., MJM Electric Inc., Nature's Food Patch, OttLite Technologies Inc., Parke Family HydroFarms, PPI Technologies, Skanska, Sweetbay and Valet Cleaners.

Philip Morgan can be reached at (813) 226-3435 or [email protected]

18 firms win University of Tampa group's Sustainable Business Award 03/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday


    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  2. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start


    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  3. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy


    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  5. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)


    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102