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Gaiam Nominated for Green Business of the Year

Posted By Gaiam Staff On September 18, 2008 @ 10:10 am In Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back, Green Living | No Comments

We are thrilled to announce that Gaiam has been nominated for Green Business of the Year by Co-Op America [1]. We’re among just 10 green businesses vying for the 2008 People’s Choice Award in a contest that is “a celebration of the leaders of the green economy, and a challenge to corporate America to follow their path.”

Co-Op America 2008 People's Choice Award [1]

Kids learn about solar power at Earth Day For Kids [2]Kids learn about solar power at Earth Day For Kids, one program we support via our Thoughtful Tees

To be considered for this prestigious award, a company must be qualified by Co-Op America as one that works to help, not hurt, people, communities, and the planet. Why do we think we’re worthy? Our commitment to environmental and social responsibility shows in our green business choices and giving-back programs including:

  • Shrinking carbon footprints via our Go Zero program [3]
  • Reducing our paper trail [4]
  • Committing to eco-friendly materials like organic cotton [5]
  • Seeking out innovative DVD eco-packaging [6]
  • Building markets for fair trade [7] via One World by Gaiam
  • Supporting programs like Heifer International [8] and Earth Day for Kids [9] by donating a portion of sales of our Thoughtful Tees [10]
  • Greening our headquarters in Boulder with features including a solar electric system that will generate more than 4 million kWh over 30 years, saving the equivalent of 8,600 barrels of oil; renewable materials including bamboo flooring, recycled furnishings and low-VOC paints; an advanced zero waste [11] program (we don’t just recycle, we compost!); and our new on-site employee cafeteria, emphasizing organic and locally grown foods and reducing lunchtime driving and auto emissions.

We’ll be posting more detail and photos telling these stories in the days and weeks to come. Subscribe to our blog feed [12] or e-newsletter [13] and you’ll know the latest.

We’re honored to be nominated for Co-Op America People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year, and even more excited to share the news with you! We’d love to have your support. Cast your vote at the [1]Co-Op America site [1]. Voting ends on October 9, so click now to weigh in!


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[1] Green Business of the Year by Co-Op America: http://www.coopamerica.org/greenbusiness/peopleschoice/

[2] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/inner_city_lrghoriz.jpg

[3] Go Zero program: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/GaiamCommunityPlantsTreestoFightClimateChange.html

[4] Reducing our paper trail: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/GaiamLightensItsPaperTrailonthePlanet.html

[5] organic cotton: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/DidOrganicAgricultureSaveThisCommunity.html

[6] eco-packaging: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/gaiam-goes-for-green-with-dvd-eco-packaging/

[7] fair trade: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/FairTradeWhatagift.html

[8] Heifer International: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/A-Buffalo-Helps-a-Mom-in-Nepal-Pay-It-Forward.html

[9] Earth Day for Kids: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/InnerCityKidsGetDownwithSolarattheSLI.html

[10] Thoughtful Tees: http://www.gaiam.com/category/apparel/womens-clothing/thoughtful-tees.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[11] zero waste: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/AimingforZeroWasteGaiamGoesBeyondRecycling.html

[12] blog feed: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/ecs/feed/subscribe.html

[13] e-newsletter: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/ecs/main/newsLetterSignup.html

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