Limited Brands, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP and Anshen + Allen were recognized by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman with GreenSpotLight Awards. Each business took steps throughout 2009 to reduce their impact on the environment as part of the mayor’s GreenSpot program.
“GreenSpot provides a framework for businesses to take practical steps toward lessening their environmental impact,” Coleman said. “I am proud of the three businesses and hope others will follow the example they set in their commitment to get green.”
A sample of accomplishments by the award winners included the following:
– Limited Brands hosted their first ever Earth Day event spanning an entire week; reduced waste by more than 30,000 pounds; and reduced water usage by 15,902 CCF.
– Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP offers employees the opportunity to buy pre-tax bus passes; reduced energy needs by consolidating more than 40 physical servers into five, reducing energy consumption used to run the servers and to cool the data center; and reduced waste by 30 tons of paper and 1,700 pounds of aluminum and plastic.
– Anshen + Allen was awarded LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; performed an energy audit; and installed bike racks in a secure location for employees.
According to the release, Coleman launched GreenSpot in July 2008 as part of his Get Green Columbus initiative. Developed to inspire, educate and recognize those in the community who are taking steps to protect the environment, the web-based program now has more than 1,600 members.