Sustainable Opportunities Summit Special Section
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Environmental Partnership have partnered with Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy (CORE) and ColoradoBiz to present the awards. A team of judges from the state of Colorado and CORE selected the winners from dozens of entries. They examined how each team met criteria for the environment, economy, innovation, society and education.
National Center for Craftsmanship was a finalist in the small category (less than 50 employees). NCC partners with industry, institutions and government to provide education, training, community service and research to promote and preserve quality craftsmanship. The NCC DeConstruct training program helps adults and youth learn construction skills.
Environment: Buildings that are slated to be torn down are carefully dismantled. The materials are salvaged, sold or recycled. To date, the program has diverted hundreds of tons of material from landfills.
Economy: Property owners benefit because they are able to credit the reduction of waste for new construction projects under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program.
Society: The program has helped troubled youth and women transitioning from prison back into society by teaching them new skills and helping to place them in jobs.
Innovation: The DeConstruct program has helped to stimulate land development in a stagnant real estate market.
Education: Hundreds of students have participated.
“We’re excited about the nomination because we feel like it acknowledges something we started trying to achieve from the beginning, and that was a create model that on every metric is considered highly sustainable,” said Neil Kaufman, NCC executive director.
Some of the information above was excerpted from http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/2011-sustainability-champion-awards/