The 2010 Branson Green Initiative Award winners were announced and presented with awards at a Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall. Four award winners were selected for their impressive sustainability achievements and commitment to Branson's sustainability efforts.
General Design for achieving LEED Certification the the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Program.
LEED certification from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Program has been awarded to General Design for their leadership in green building. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. As LEED certified architects, the group works diligently to encourage clients to build green.
Empire Electric for participation as members of Tree Line USA.
The Tree Line USA program was developed by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize best practices in utility arboriculture. To receive this special designation, a utility must follow quality tree care standards, provide annual worker training, and participate in tree planting, public education, and tree-based energy conservation efforts. Empire donated flowering trees to the 2010 Arbor Day celebration and assisted with community education in reference to proper tree planting.
Oak Manor for their efforts in recycling.
Oak Manor recycled approximately 2,150 pounds of plastic, tin, aluminum and paper products. The recycling project is a voluntary program that also assists with the transport of material to local recycling centers. The facility has installed CFL bulbs and new energy efficient siding and windows which has resulted in an energy savings of 30 percent to 50 percent.
Jack Herschend for his on-going commitment and support in the greening of Branson.
Mr. Herschend and the Herschend family have been active in conservation for over 60 years. The family began by donating trees to area commercial and residential construction project to assist in the re-greening of the area. With the assistance of volunteers from Taney and Stone County, the Herschend family hosted tree sales with the proceeds going to the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch.