Fredericksburg, VA (May 4, 2015) – Marstel-Day CEO and President Rebecca R. Rubin and Stafford Printing owner Howard Owen awarded Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Green Frontier Award for RGI’s efforts to reduce its own and the community’s environmental impact through resale, recycling, and salvage.
The annual Green Frontier Award honors any business operating for two years in planning district 16 for demonstrating strong business practices focused on sustainability, resource conservation, and environmental awareness and education. Planning district 16 includes Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Caroline, King George, and Spotsylvania. The award comes with a cash prize of $1,500.
RGI recovers the value in unwanted material goods, then uses that value to provide vocational and educational services to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. To date, RGI has diverted 2,978 tons of waste from landfills to recycling and salvaging.
“RGI epitomizes the Green Frontier Award with their many years of creating a virtuous cycle of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ that simultaneously supports the community and the environment,” explained Marstel-Day CEO and President Rebecca R. Rubin. “The work they do to create jobs, help people, and keep stuff out of landfills is truly remarkable, and we are delighted to recognize them with this award.”
In accepting the award, Julie Rettinger, RGI’s vice president of Community Relations and Resource Development, said, “We strive always for waste reduction and energy reduction and one more thing that will keep things out of landfill and put people to work. Thank you so much, we appreciate it.”
The other nominees for the 2015 Green Frontier Award included the following:
Aikido in Fredericksburg’s “dojo” headquarters was built by integrating environmental practices and low-impact development techniques with energy conservation and green building methods.
Downtown Greens has created a community garden and greenspace in the heart of Darbytown. Volunteers remove trash, maintain the grounds, and sculpt once-fractured land into a resource.
Meadowview Biological Research Station preserves and restores pitcher plant wetlands through a 232-acre preserve in Sussex County and a 17-acre preserve in Caroline County.
Germanna Community College opened a LEED Silver Science & Engineering Building/Information Commons in 2012. Germanna also has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs.
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