2013 E3 Awards

The event winners by category:

“We are proud to honor all of the winners making strides to build more energy-efficient products and buildings, develop sustainable water solutions and create smarter urban spaces,” said Kurt Kuehn, chief financial officer of UPS and chair of MAC’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Committee. “These innovations are vital for creating a sustainable future for our region for generations to come.”

Created in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the E3 awards’ theme is Where the Economy and Environment Connect for Everyone.

2014 E3 Awards

Seven companies were recognized as Atlanta’s most notable leaders in sustainability and clean technology by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) as 2014 E3 Award winners. In partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, MAC’s E3 Awards highlight the companies, organizations and individuals working to conserve metro Atlanta’s natural resources, develop clean technologies to enhance our economy and environment, support sustainable projects and initiatives, and collaborate on solutions through university connections, marketing and education.

Award finalists and winners were honored at an April 4 breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead. The event winners by category are:

  • Trident Award (Individual Achievement) – recognizing a member of the greater Atlanta community who has brought vision and leadership to sustainability efforts – Gary Coltek, Kennesaw State University
  • New Venture– recognizing a startup, small business or new business venture that advances sustainability through business solutions – American Fueling Systems
  • Liquid Assets (Water) – recognizing companies or projects that make a difference for our sustainable water future – Parkway Realty
  • Built Environment – recognizing an achievement in efficient building design, smart growth or urban planning – Lifecycle Building
  • Community Strong – recognizing a non-profit or university program that promotes collaboration and community involvement in making metro Atlanta more sustainable – Emory University
  • Clean Tech Innovation –  recognizing companies or projects that are creating sustainable solutions in any clean tech sector (renewable energy, recycling, materials, transportation, etc.) – Novelis
  • Measuring Impact – recognizing a company or organization that has demonstrated measurable improvements or reported goals involved in making metro Atlanta more sustainable – Anheuser-Busch, Cartersville

“All of the companies, individuals and entities honored at today’s event are a leading force in making metro Atlanta a more sustainable region. By embarking on sustainable projects, creating clean technologies and implementing environmentally-friendly business practices, they are not only creating jobs for our region, but also adding to metro Atlanta’s quality of life,” said Hala Moddelmog, MAC president and CEO.

In addition, Gov. Nathan Deal joined the awards ceremony to sign HB 348, legislation that creates a new tax credit for Georgians who choose to purchase and operate alternative fuel trucks or buses.

“We are very pleased that Governor Deal signed HB 348, the tax credit for alternative fuel commercial vehicles,” said Moddelmog. “This legislation underscores the importance of sustainability for our region and for the entire state. The tax credits will help improve our air quality, drive innovation and support the development of natural gas-based vehicles.” 

Read more about the bill here. 

MAC also announced its Sustainability Dashboard. Focused initially on six key areas- air, water, energy efficiency, tree cover, transportation and solid waste- this dashboard provides a snapshot of where metro Atlanta stands when compared to other metros of comparable size. The Dashboard can also be an important tool to identify growth opportunities in the clean technology sector. See it here.

Atlanta’s most notable leaders in the sustainability and clean tech sector honored at the 2015 E3 Awards.

Eight innovative companies, organizations and individuals were selected as Atlanta’s most notable leaders in the sustainability and clean tech sector at the 2015 E3 Awards. The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) annual E3 Awards event honors those who are committed to positioning metro Atlanta as a place where the economy and environment connect for everyone.

Award finalists and winners were honored at a Sept. 24 breakfast event at the Loews Hotel.

“The E3 Awards are critical to our mission of improving and highlighting the quality of life in our region,” said Dave Williams, vice president of infrastructure and government affairs at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “The innovative mindset of the companies and individuals honored today demonstrate their commitment toward creating a sustainable future for our region.”

The event winners by category are:

Liquid AssetsCompanies or projects that make a difference for our sustainable water future.

The WaterHub at Emory University in partnership with commercial contractor Reeves Young, won for their innovative, on-site water recycling system. It utilizes ecological engineering processes using minimal energy and chemicals to clean wastewater for use in Emory’s steam and chiller plants and other non-potable uses. It is the first system of its kind to be installed in the U.S. and will save 146 million gallons of water annually. Finalists included The Coca-Cola Company and Water Research Center – Georgia Power.

Built EnvironmentAchievement in efficient building design, smart growth or urban planning.

Ponce City Market, a mixed-use development located inside a revitalized and underutilized historic building, was developed by Jamestown with sustainability in mind. The restoration incorporated green building practices for all residential and commercial space in the live-work-play community. Located on the Atlanta BeltLine, Ponce City Market connects to its surrounding neighborhoods. Finalists included Avalon and EarthCraft.

Clean Tech Innovation Companies or projects that are creating sustainable solutions in any clean tech sector such as renewable energy, recycling, materials, etc.

Pull-A-Part has 28 do-it-yourself auto parts superstores and provides high quality scrap metal, fluids and plastics for recycling in 13 states. Its unique reclamation process prevents water pollution from mercury switches, batteries and other pollutants. Finalists included Soneter and Urjanet.

New Venture Startup, small business or new business venture that advances sustainability through business solutions.

Rubicon Global, a leading provider of cloud-based waste and recycling solutions, works toward long-term sustainability goals by empowering independent haulers and recyclers to grow their businesses. Through its innovative platform, companies can reduce their operating expenses, divert waste from landfills, and track key metrics. Finalists included CHaRM – Live Thrive and Hannah Solar.

Moving the NeedleCompanies or projects that reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, increase fleet efficiency or achieve other transportation benefits for metro Atlanta.

PATH400 is an achievement in smart growth, proving walking and cycling alternatives for commuters, residents and visitors to the Peachtree corridor. The greenway’s first phase was completed in January 2015, and will eventually connect to the Atlanta BeltLine and trails in Sandy Springs and Fulton County, providing a key link in the regional trail network. Finalists included ORION – UPS and Cycle Atlanta – Georgia Tech.

Community StrongNon-profit or university program that promotes collaboration and community involvement in making metro Atlanta more sustainable.

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Program is designed to encourage local government to demonstrate leadership in environmental sustainability. Certified Green Communities voluntarily set an example and earn points by restoring the community’s natural resources. The program was the first regional “green” certification in the country and has certified 12 cities and six counties to date. Finalists included Grants to Green and Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF).

Trident AwardRecognizing a member of the metro Atlanta community that has brought vision and leadership to sustainability efforts.

Pete Marte, CEO of Hannah Solar, was recognized for his efforts in promoting clean energy adoption in Georgia. He serves as vice chair of the Georgia chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and has built consensus and support for solar within the state by working with many stakeholders including the Public Service Commission, local utilities and the state legislature. Finalists included Bill Strang, TOTO USA and Kim Cobb, Georgia Tech.

Lifetime Service Award – Kurt Kuehn, retired CFO of UPS, was honored with a special E3 Lifetime Service Award for his contributions to environment and sustainability initiatives in metro Atlanta. He was the driving force behind many aspects of UPS’s sustainability commitment, including UPS’s first sustainability report in 2002, and the company’s commitment to adopting alternative fuel vehicles and technologies. Kuehn was also chair of MAC’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Committee from 2010-2013, and supported the Chamber’s work in air and water quality issues.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber hosts the Atlanta E3 Awards, which recognizes business achievement and innovation, clean technologies and sustainability solutions that enhance our economy and environment. Initiatives promoting collaboration, marketing and conservation education are also acknowledged for excellence.

The event was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta on October 4th, 2016.

Category: New Venture

Startup, small business, or new business venture that advances sustainability through business solutions

Finalists Included PeachDish and Urjanet

Category: Moving the Needle

Companies or projects that reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, increase fleet efficiency or achieve other transportation benefits for Metro Atlanta

Finalists included Western Bikeway Extension – Gwinnett County Department of Transportation and MARTA Army

Category: Liquid Assets

Companies or projects that make a difference in our sustainable water future

Finalists included Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge and Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District

Category: Community Strong

Non-profit or university program that promotes collaboration and community involvement in making Metro Atlanta more sustainable

Finalists included Proctor Creek North Avenue Study – Park Pride and Trees Atlanta

Category: Clean Tech Innovations

Companies or projects that are creating sustainable solutions in any clean tech sector (renewable energy, recycling, materials)

Finalists included Brownfield Program – GA Environmental Protection Division and Red Bag Solutions, Inc.

Category: Built Environment

Achievement in efficient building design, smart growth or urban planning

Finalists included Drew Charter Elementary Academy Campus – Perkins+Will and The City of Atlanta Climate Action Plan

Category: Trident Award

Recognizing visionary leaders advancing sustainability in Atlanta

Finalists included Peggy Ratcliffe, Live Thrive and Rony Delgarde, Global Paint for Charity