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Summit of Sustainability Event October 23 was very successful!
To be sustainable is to balance economic, environmental and social concerns, and to think about how actions today will affect future generations. In reality, it is about helping our community save energy and money, create more transportation choices, preserve clean air and bring economic prosperity in the process. This program hopes to reveal best sustainable business practices going on in our community that can be showcased for others to emulate.
The Summit of Sustainability awards program culminated in an awards breakfast on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at The University of Akron's Quaker Station.
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The keynote speaker for The Summit of Sustainability Awards 2014 was Graham Russell, a successful businessman and sustainability expert with over 20 years' experience as a CEO of small and mid-sized companies. Russell is the founder of TruPoint Advisors and a teacher and speaker on sustainability in small to mid-sized businesses. He is also an accomplished writer and has written for trade publications, as well as co-authored A Simple Path to Sustainability: Green Business Strategies for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses, which offers case studies on small businesses who have achieved success using sustainability-based strategies.
27.40 tons of mixed paper recycled citywide during the 5 Annual Mixed Paper Drive!
This year, 22 Akron Public Schools (APS) and seven private schools in the Akron area proved that recycling does pay off!
St. Vincent Elementary, St. Mary School and Our Lady of the Elms were declared the 2014 winners of the month-long competition by recycling the most paper per pound, per student.
St. Vincent Elementary recycled 21.34 pounds per student or 2.45 tons total of paper to win a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company.
St. Mary School came out strong, in the middle school division, and recycled 20.29 pounds per student which is equal to 2.09 tons total.
Our Lady of the Elms recycled 16.38 pounds per student or 1.27 tons total to each win a $500 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company and a field trip tour of the River Valley Paper Company plant for 50 students and faculty.
From October 20 to November 17, community residents and local businesses helped participating Akron schools attempt to win this competition by taking their magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper and cardboard to a school parking lot bin. Filling up the collection bins helps the schools raise money for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms. For more information on the competition or on paper recycling at the Akron schools, click here.