Environmental Star of Excellence Business Awards
Environmental Community Awards Celebration
The annual Environmental Community Awards Celebration recognizes outstanding environmental leadership and achievement by honoring businesses, non-profits, schools, and individuals with the Environmental Star of Excellence (ESOE) award.
Environmental Star of Excellence Business Awards
The Environmental Star of Excellence (ESOE) Business Awards are designed to recognize businesses and properties that demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership and achievement within the Plano community. The ESOE Business Awards support businesses and properties that approach sustainability through decision-making which integrates environmental and social concerns into business and economic decisions.
The Environmental Star of Excellence Business Awards recognize Plano businesses in six categories: Environmental Stewardship, Corporate Campus, Green Construction, Small Business, Multi-Family and Green Business Certified.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Environmental Star of Excellence Awards. These businesses were honored September 19, 2018 during the annual Environmental Community Awards luncheon.
- Green Building: My Possibilities
The first building of the first college-styled campus in Texas designed specifically for adults with cognitive disabilities was completed in May 2018. The 60,000 square foot building boasts natural lighting, LED lighting, bike racks and native adaptive landscaping. Sixty percent of its construction debris was diverted from the landfill. The Campus anticipates serving more than 700 HIPsters (Hugely Important People) weekly.
- Small Business: Archgate Montessori Academy
This nonprofit has been serving preschoolers for over 30 years. Green attributes include motion-sensor lighting, separate heat pumps and thermostats for each room, LED lighting, food waste recycling and composting for their garden, bike racks, donating surplus office supplies, unclaimed ‘found’ clothing and backpacks to charities such as Goodwill and planting a floral ‘Monarch WayStation’ garden for attracting monarch butterflies.
- Emerald Award: Villas at Chase Oaks
The Villas at Chase Oaks was the first to become Green Business Certified in 2012. Property Manager Tina Paysinger is a passionate green advocate—sharing her knowledge at City seminars, a National Apartment Association Green Conference and the Greater Dallas Apartment Association. Environmental initiatives include a smart-irrigation system, Energy Star appliances and a community garden. Recently, the Villas partnered with Simple Recycling for a pilot multi-family textile collection, netting 113 bags weighing 1,132 pounds!
- Environmental Stewardship: Cambria Hotel Plano
Cambria Hotel’s green attributes include LED lighting, albedo roof, solar panels, eco-parking, EV-charging stations, a green linen program and guest room recycling. Staff make donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs, participate in City creek clean-ups, Arbor Day tree planting and Clean-Air Day. Cambria’s team has elevated conservation awareness by not automatically offering straws in their restaurant or water bottles in guest rooms.
- Corporate Campus: Texas Health Presbyterian Plano
Texas Health Plano (THP) recycled over 300 tons of single-stream and shredded paper and saved over $91,000 by recycling medical devices. Free document shredding and electronic recycling events for employees and the public are offered. A bike rack, EV charging stations, drip irrigation, and drought resistant landscaping are among its green attributes. THP has sponsored and participated in the Great American Cleanup and staff volunteer at waterways cleanups.
- Multi-Family: Amli West Plano
This LEED Gold certified facility recently partnered with Green Mountain Energy for the installation of 72kW of solar panels expected to provide 20% of common-area electricity use. Green initiatives include Energy Star appliances, bike racks and providing 100% green power to all common areas not powered by solar. AMLI West Plano participates in community events benefitting teachers, cleanup projects and community recycling events.
- Construction Management: Rogers O'Brien Construction
For this Legacy West project involving 14 building permits, owner Legacy West LC hired Rogers-O’Brien to manage all contractors and their waste stream. Because of project density, the numerous construction crews onsite could have created safety and waste management problems. The construction company set up a ‘community’ comingled recycling open-top container area for all contractors to utilize. Rogers O’Brien’s recycling diversion was estimated at 98%.
- Green Business Certified (GBC): Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar
From refurbished couches and lounge furniture, dishware purchased from Goodwill and EV charging stations to its rooftop solar panels which produce 30% of the restaurant’s energy, this restaurant is green. Whiskey Cake has eliminated Styrofoam and plastic straws from its waste stream and reuses cardboard boxes for coasters. It boasts T5 lighting and timers, a rain barrel, native adaptive landscaping and recycles its electronics and toner cartridges.