Green Gala

An Event Celebrating Extraordinary Efforts to Protect the Upper Coosa River Basin

2017 Green Gala & Greenie Awards


The 2017 Green Gala and Greenie Awards set for April 6 at Hightower Falls have been canceled. CRBI will honor our Greenie Award recipients at a function later this year. Details about the awards ceremony will be provided in the near future.


In 2016, our honorees, guests, host committee and sponsors helped raise some $48,000 for CRBI's river protection projects through this event. 
Scroll down to view information about this year's winner and winners from previous years. 

2017 Greenie Award Winners

CRBI is pleased to announce this year's Greenie Award Winners!

sustainability greenie: Chatsworth water Works commission

The view from Fort Mountain in Chatsworth changed in 2015. Now, when you look down off the iconic North Georgia mountain into the valley of the Conasauga, you see a $1.2 megawatt solar array powering the Chatsworth Water Works Commission wastewater treatment facility and business offices. The project saves the utility some $60,000 annually in power bills and protects our natural resources by reducing our dependence on fossil-fuel-based power sources. Click here to learn more about Chatsworth Water Works Commission.


The folks at Paragon Wool Products are taking Old World technology and putting a 21st century twist on it. In doing so, they are becoming the "Johnny Appleseeds" of wool insulation in the U.S. market. Commonly employed as home insulation in wool-producing countries, wool's use has been limited here. Paragon Wool Products aims to change that by marketing the product as the environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, fully-recyclable and superior alternative to fiberglass, blow-in and cellular foam insulations. If they are successful, this ancient insulation will find a new more U.S. homes.  Click here to learn more about Paragon Wool Products. 


Land Trust
One of the best ways to protect our rivers and streams is to protect that land that surrounds them. For years, the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust has been helping property owners do just that. The Trust has helped preserve more than 350,000 acres of land, including tens of thousands in the upper Coosa River basin. One of their latest projects is working with a developer to protect more than 70 acres of sensitive wetlands and floodplain forest near downtown Rome. Click here to learn more about the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. 

outdoor recreation greenie: Forsyth parks and recreation 

For years, Forsyth County has been one of Georgia's fastest growing counties. The county's parks and recreation department has met the needs of its growing population by being a leader in providing outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. A local bond referendum approved by county voters has helped fund the acquisition and development of Eagle's Beak Park along the Etowah River which includes a boat launch for the Etowah River Water Trail. Click here to learn more about Forsyth County Parks and Recreation. 

water conservation greenie: Boys and Girls Clubs in dalton, calhoun and Rome

Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Clubs in Dalton, Calhoun and Rome serve hundreds of children each week, and meeting their needs requires a lot of water. When directors of these clubs had the opportunity to work with Southface Energy Institute to update their plumbing fixtures, they jumped at the chance. The results have been phenomenal. Specific facilities reduced their water use by more than 70 percent, conserving a precious resource and saving the clubs thousands of dollars each year that is instead being used to provide more services for youth in need. Click here to learn more about Boys and Girls Clubs in ROME. In DALTON AND CALHOUN

2016 Greenie Award Winners

In 2016, our honorees, guests, host committee and sponsors helped raise some $48,000 for CRBI's river protection projects through the Green Gala. 

Sustainability Greenie: J & J Flooring group

J & J Flooring

In 2015, Dalton-based J & J Flooring Group, a maker of modular carpet and textile composite flooring, became the first carpet manufacturer to be certified as a zero waste-to-landfill manufacturer. The company’s 750 employees recycle and reuse carpet scraps on site, and even the small amount of waste the company produces is sent to a Huntsville, Alabama waste-to-energy facility where it is burned to create steam energy.  



Since 2006, Dalton-based Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider, has reduced water use in its manufacturing processes by 31 percent and has a goal of achieving total reductions of 50 percent within the next 14 years. This effort has reduced water withdrawals from area rivers and streams and reduced the amount of wastewater discharged to these same water bodies.




In recent years, Hannah Solar, an Atlanta-based solar energy producer, has been an instrumental player in making Georgia the fastest growing solar market in the nation. Among Hannah’s many projects installed in the Coosa River basin are arrays in Rome, Calhoun and Lyerly. Hannah’s facilities produce clean energy that reduce our dependence on water-intensive energy production and offset more than 3.6 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.





Since 1991, Jasper-based Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia has helped permanently preserve more than 4,500 acres of land in north Georgia, including 282 acres in Pickens County in 2015 that will help protect habitat for federally protected fish species in the Etowah River basin. 






Bartow County

Bartow County, working in conjunction with local municipalities, businesses, landowners, federal agencies and non-profit organizations, has been instrumental in establishing four new public boat launches on the Etowah River during the past five years to support the creation of the Etowah River Water Trail, a 160-mile-long boating trail stretching from Lumpkin County to Floyd County. 



2015 Greenie Award Winners 

CRBI is proud to announce the winners of our inaugural Greenie Awards presented April 2, 2015 at Barnsley Gardens Resort:


The City of Lyerly will be recognized in the category of outdoor recreation. The small Chattooga County municipality with a population of 540 secured a Recreational Trails Grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and is now building a paddling trail on the Chattooga River.



The Rome law firm of McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith and Manning will be recognized for their efforts in land protection. In addition to assisting clients with conservation easements to permanently preserve properties, the firm purchased and protected threatened ridge top property in Floyd County.



Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company based in Calhoun, will be honored for the company’s efforts in sustainability. The company converts nearly 5 billion plastic bottles each year into carpet fiber and processes about 24 million pounds of tires into outdoor welcome mats. In 2012 it initiated a zero process waste to landfill program and has since internally certified 25 of its facilities for recycling or reusing 100 percent of their process waste and sending none to landfills.


Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery will be recognized for efforts in water conservation. Though brewing beer is a water-intensive process, the Cartersville brewery has led the way in water efficiency. From 2009-2012 it was the lowest water user globally of Anheuser-Busch-InBev’s 129 breweries worldwide. Initiatives at the plant developed in 2013 have the potential to save an addition 40 million gallons of water annually.



Green Carbon, Inc. will be honored in the category of innovation. Green Carbon, an off-shoot of Rome-based OTR Wheel Engineering has developed its Thermal Vacuum Recover (TVR) that converts discarded tires into oil, carbon black, steel and process gas that can be recycled and used as energy sources.  

Individuals, businesses, local governments and non-profit organizations living or doing business in the upper Coosa RIver basin counties of Lumpkin, Dawson, Fannin, Pickens, Gilmer, Cherokee, Forsyth, Fulton, Cobb, Paulding, Polk, Bartow, Floyd, Chattooga, Walker, Whitfield and Murray as well as Cherokee County in Alabama are eligible for these awards. 

Green Gala Auction Items 

Check back soon for a listing of items that will be available in this year's Green Gala auction.  



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