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To serve as the foremost organization in the Tampa Bay Region for the facilitation of communication among business leaders that embrace the Triple Bottom Line—People (Employee & Community Wellbeing), Planet (Environmental Health) and Profit (Economic Viability).


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Sustainable Business Award Winners Named for 2014

May 21st, 2014


Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay (formerly, Earth Charter US) proudly announces the winners of 2014 Sustainable Business Awards

Tampa, May 20, 2014 – Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay (SBC), in partnership with The University of Tampa (UT) Center for Ethics, will recognize several businesses in the Tampa Bay area at its sixth annual SBC Sustainable Business Awards luncheon, at UT on Friday, June 13, 2014.

Businesses are being recognized for their contributions to building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay, while embracing the “Triple Bottom Line” — advancing the interests of People, Planet & Profit through innovative practices, products and services. University of Tampa MBA students, under the guidance of UT faculty at the Sykes College of Business, developed an evaluation process based largely on Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. Nominated businesses were then evaluated by the students, who made recommendations to SBC for the Award.

Congratulations to the 2014 Sustainable Business of the Year Award Winners:
The Refinery, Triad Cleaning Solutions, Advanced Healthcare Partners, Bayshore Solutions, Elutions, Suncoast Food Alliance and Landmarc Contracting.

“We train our people to be aware of USGBC and LEED Certification requirements, we stay on top of the latest innovations in green cleaning solutions, to provide our clients with the highest quality, renewable-resource paper products and more,” said Andrew Schaberg, GM of Triad Cleaning Solutions.

A survey by Accenture and the United Nations Global Compact reported that 93% of CEOs see sustainability issues as important to their companies’ future success. Alongside this, some 81% of the CEOs surveyed stated that sustainability issues are now ‘fully embedded’ into their companies’ strategy and operations, with many extending this focus to their subsidiaries and supply chains.

Over 70 Tampa Bay area businesses have been Award winners, including such leading employers as Syniverse, Mosaic, Xerox and Tampa Bay Times Forum, as well as smaller innovative tech companies like LumaStream. These businesses demonstrate business practices that embrace social, economic and environmental responsibility. “We want to applaud and encourage companies that are helping to transform the area economy and raise the standards of sustainability in business. Through the vision, innovation and investment of companies like these, our community as a whole grows stronger and more sustainable,” suggests Andrew McIntosh, Chairman of the SBC and partner with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Luncheon Awards Registration
The June 13, 2014 awards luncheon is open to the public. Corporate sponsorships are welcome. For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, Click Here.

About Sustainable Business Coalition
The mission of the Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa is to support development of a sustainable economy in the Tampa Bay area by promoting and educating businesses about sustainable business practices that align profitability with environmental and social responsibility for the advancement of People, Planet & Profit. SBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Herb Goetschius, Chairman Sustainable Business Awards


6th Annual Sustainable Business Awards June 13, 2014

March 4th, 2014
6th Annual Sustainable Business Awards
Friday, June 13, 2014
The University of Tampa Center for Ethics
Vaughn Center, 9th Floor


Sustainable Business Awards is an annual awards event since 2008 that has recognized and honored for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay Area that engage in practices that not only increase economic opportunities but also improve the environment and community. A sustainable business award winner focuses on the well-being of people, planet and profit. Award criteria is based on the Global Reporting Initiative, which is considered to be the international gold standard for the measurement of sustainable business.

The Sustainable Business Awards event is held annually in partnership with The University of Tampa Center for Ethics. The awards luncheon will be held at The University of Tampa Vaughn Center, 9th floor on Friday, June 13, 2014. The event is open to the public. During the event, large, medium and small businesses are recognized based on their contributions to building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay. Criteria development and business evaluation is accomplished by The University of Tampa MBA students under the guidance of UT faculty in the Sykes College of Business.

To register for the 6th annual Sustainable Business Awards luncheon on June 13th at The University of Tampa Vaughn Center Click Here.

See 2013 SBA winners and all 2008-2013 SBA winners.

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Waste Resource Management Forum

September 12th, 2013

Waste Resource Management Forum:

Tools & Techniques for People, Planet & Profit

Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center 9th Floor
Sponsored by:

Speakers include: Don Ross, Director of Operations at Kessler Consulting:“Six Steps to a Successful Waste Assessment @ Work”

Jo Lee Potts, ISO Engineer for BIC Advertising and Promotional Products North America:“Identifying Waste Opportunities In Business”

Neil Beckingham, Sustainability Manager at Mosaic Company:”Sustainability & Waste Management

Cost $10. (includes cocktail and appetizers) To Register click here

2013 Sustainable Business Awards

March 13th, 2013

logo sba 2013 Over 200 Tampa Bay business and community leaders celebrated this year’s thirteen outstanding companies that were recognized for sustainable business practices at the Fifth Annual Earth Charter US (ECUS) Sustainable Business Awards luncheon held at the University of Tampa on April 12th. See More


The Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) recognize local for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay area engaged in practices that increase economic opportunities and improve the environment, employees and community. A sustainable business focuses on the well being of people, planet and profit and contributions to building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay. Award criteria and business evaluation is accomplished by UT MBA students under the guidance of Sykes College of Business faculty.

SBA winners are businesses that make sustainable choices for their community, employees, health of our planet and the long-term stability and profitability of their businesses. They are inspiring, and they make a difference! 2008-2012 SBA Winners

Challenging Tampa Bay to Achieve More in Sustainable Biz Practices

October 6th, 2012

from Tampa Bay Business Journal by Herb Goetschius

As a former president of local steel company, McNichols, one of my proudest moments was receiving the Earth Charter US Sustainable Business Award on behalf of the company. It’s a distinction recognizing local businesses in the Tampa Bay area engaged in practices that increase economic opportunities and improve the environment, employees and community. Read More

What Made EVOS a Sustainable Business Award Winner?

October 6th, 2012

EVOS mission states ”EVOS is committed to being America’s healthier fast food leader by providing our customers with exceptional food, value and service in a great environment. We are guided by corporate beliefs that benefit and create value for our shareholders, our customers, our team-members, our communities and our planet.” Read More

Tampa Bay Lightning Community & Environmental Initiatives: Elevate Your Game!

August 20th, 2012

The Tampa Bay Lightning organization, a 2008 Sustainable Business Award winner, invests significantly in community service in Tampa Bay because its community is at the core of the organization. The Lightning mission is to make a difference in the community and in the environment for today and future generations. This year, the Tampa Bay Times Forum reinvented itself with over $40 million in improvements that have revolutionized the facility and have set new standards for environmental responsibility. As we learn about these Lightning initiatives from VP of Operations Mary Milne and tour the Forum, we’ll learn how we can make a difference in Tampa Bay and elevate our game!

October 9, 2012, 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

Tampa Bay Times Forum
PNC Bank Club
401 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602

SBC Members $10
Non-members $20





Marketing the Sustainable Things You Do

August 8th, 2012

Marketing the Sustainable Things You Do

EVOS embeds their sustainable business practices into their marketing in a fun and engaging way. Get the inside view with EVOS Founder Alkis Crassas and exchange ideas about integrating your community, environmental and sustainable practices into marketing messages on your website, social media and advertising. Inspire, educate and attract more business your wayREGISTER

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Delicious EVOS Continental Breakfast!

EVOS Restaurant, 609 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33606

SBC Members $10
Non-members $20

Noble Juice: A Business Built on the Strength of a Recipe

July 26th, 2012

How did a tangerine juice recipe launch a successful business and inspire sustainability? That is the story of Noble Juice, winner of a 2012 Sustainable Business Award and a 2008 Produce Marketing Association Impact Award. Learn about the company’s innovative practices and the next chapter in their story of environmental sustainability. Read More

The Sustany Foundation Quarterly Beach Clean-Up at the Davis Islands Seaplane Basin June 30th

June 22nd, 2012

In conjunction with City/County ‘Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful’, the clean-up is Saturday June 30th from 8:30 till 11:30. Sustany will provide water, plastic bags, and those groovy pick-up sticks so come on out and help Sustany keep Tampa Bay beautiful!

Contact Robert Rorebeck to let him know you’re coming! robert.rorebeck@gmail.com