Business Leadership Awards honor Mayor Dean, Nissan and state senator on Earth Day
By Janel Shoun on 4/22/2011
|Mayor Karl Dean accepts his Community Servant of the Year Award from Lipscomb's President Lowry, Galbreath and other officials.|
|State Sen. Andy Berke accepts his award for Public Official of the Year from Lipscomb officials and awards committee members.|
|Jeremy Barlowe, owner of Tayst, accepts his award for Sustainable Food Leader of the Year from Lipscomb and committee officials.|
|Bobby Bandy, owner of Earthsavers and a Lipscomb alum, recieves his Green Service of the Year Award from Lipscomb and commitee officials.|
Mayor Karl Dean for his leadership in the flood of 2010 and his “sustainability” response
- “In May 2010, Nashville was rocked… and Mayor Dean was the energizer mayor,” said Dodd Galbreath, executive director of Lipscomb’s Institute for Sustainable Practice, and coordinator of the Green Business Summit. “He was comforting people. He was leading by example. Mayor Dean epitomized servant leadership.”
Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Company
- Ghosn was honored for his successful turn-around of Nissan in the 1990s and the considerable resources he has put into developing the Nissan Leaf electric car.
The Nissan Leaf electric car
- The committee chose the Tennessee-manufactured Nissan Leaf, which was also recently declared the World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.
- The pragmatic and bipartisan approach of Berke has resulted in legislation such as the Tennessee Clean Energy Futures Act. He has also been active in the state fighting mountaintop removal.
Tabitha Crawford, president, Balfour Beatty Energy Solutions
- Crawford has advanced energy innovation through working on the Presidential Climate Action Plan under the Clinton administration, working to develop zero-energy housing for the family of active military and speaking and consulting throughout the state and nation.
William Pomakoy, Rhodes Car International
- This Hendersonville-based small business develops four-wheeled bicycles, some partially motorized, as a new option for moving goods and people around without the use of fossil fuels.
Collier Construction of Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Collier Construction was honored for creating LEED-certified housing in Chattanooga and the first platinum LEED-certified residential buildings in the state.
Jeremy Barlow, owner of Tayst
- Barlow was honored not only for using local products in 95 percent of his food at his restaurant Tayst, or for achieving three star “green” certification at Tayst, but also for volunteering with various food activist organizations to improve meals in schools and bring healthy food to low-income areas. He also served on Nashville/Davidson County’s Food Policy Council.
Bobby Bandy, Earthsavers
- Bandy was honored for his company’s commitment to bring convenient recycling to the homes, offices and retailers of Middle Tennessee.
- Wilmot Inc. is a consulting firm that helps companies become more profitable and productive through the use of sound environmentally responsible business practices. Among the projects she has worked on are Al and Tipper Gore’s LEED-certified home and the Music City Center now under construction. She has also worked with Fort Campbell military base, HCA, General Motors, LP Field and the city of Pittsburgh.