My Green Birmingham Honors Local Champions of Sustainability

View More: Green Birmingham hosted Birmingham’s first Champions of Sustainability awards Thursday, September 5th, at The Westin Birmingham. The event honored a diverse spectrum of sustainability efforts helping to shape the future growth and success of the City of Birmingham.

“We are excited about the opportunity to spark an exciting dialogue around sustainability, and honor several leaders and organizations who are paving the way for a more responsible and progressive community,” says Natalie Kelly, President of Kelly Green Marketing, publisher of My Green Birmingham.

The evening began with a networking hour, followed by the awards program. Guest also enjoyed a featured video presentation of the honorees speaking about their efforts to make an impact in local sustainability. Honorees also took part in a panel discussion, addressing guest comments and questions. The panel was moderated by Pat Byington, Director of the Eastern Forest Partnership and the publisher of Bama Environmental News.

“The definition of sustainability is no longer boxed into just ‘going green,’ but rather, it accounts for economic development, education, smart building and design, innovation, technology, conservation, and much more. This is why it’s so important that the lens of sustainability spans across a very broad landscape of honorees.” The honoree categories include: Environment, Energy, Advocacy, Social Progress, Design, Built Environment, and Vision.

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2013 Honorees:

  • Design: Lea Ann Macknally, of ‎Macknally Land Design
  • Environment: Roald Hazelhoff, of Southern Environmental Center
  • Vision: Woodlawn United, represented by Sally Mackin
  • Built Environment: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
  • Energy: Nexus Energy Center, represented by Ruchi Singal
  • Social Progress: REV Urban Food Project, represented by David Fleming
  • Advocate: The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, represented by Gus Heard-Hughes

For a look at the evening, see 2013 Champions of Sustainability: A Photo Slide Show

“I think people are realizing more and more that for our communities to progress and become more environmentally responsible, we must approach sustainability in a holistic way. We’re excited about a chance to leave our audience challenged and inspired to do more for our city,” says Kelly.

Those in attendance were also able to enjoy a special preview of the new web site.

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We thank our generous sponsors for their involvement and support of the 2013 Champions of Sustainability.


  • The City of Birmingham
  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Eco-Three
  • The Westin Birmingham

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