An Event Celebrating Extraordinary Efforts to Protect the Upper Coosa River Basin
2017 Green Gala & Greenie Awards
2016 Greenie Award Winners
Sustainability Greenie: J & J Flooring group
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.
WATER CONSERVATION GREENIE: SHAW INDUSTRIES
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.
INNOVATION GREENIE: HANNAH SOLAR
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.
LAND PROTECTION GREENIE: MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION TRUST OF GEORGIA
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.
OUTDOOR RECREATION GREENIE: 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
OUTDOOR RECREATION: CITY OF LYERLY
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.
LAND PROTECTION:MCRAE, STEGALL, PEEK, HARMAN, SMITH & MANNING
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.
SUSTAINABILITY: MOHAWK INDUSTRIES
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.
WATER CONSERVATION: ANHEUSER-BUSCH CARTERSVILLE BREWERY
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.
INNOVATION: GREEN CARBON, INC.
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