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Sustain Charlotte names award winners

The South Fork Corridor Paddle Trail in McAdenville is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, which was among award winners named by Sustain Charlotte.
The South Fork Corridor Paddle Trail in McAdenville is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, which was among award winners named by Sustain Charlotte. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

The nonprofit group Sustain Charlotte announced its annual award winners at an Earth Day celebration Thursday night in Wesley Heights.

The group recognized local nonprofits, government agencies and businesses for their work in advancing Sustain Charlotte’s Charlotte 2030 sustainability plan, which was launched in 2010.

Three winners were recognized in each of nine categories.

Energy: Central Piedmont Community College, first place; Renewable Energy Transition Initiative, second place; Optima Engineering, third place.

Food: Atherton Market, first place; Humane League Charlotte, second place; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, third place.

Land use: Carolina Thread Trail, first place; Tree Canopy Preservation Program, City of Charlotte, second place; Catawba Lands Conservancy, third place.

Social equity: Informative Technologies, first place; Renewable Energy Transition Initiative, second place; Javesca Coffee, third place.

Transportation: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, first place; Charlotte Air Awareness, second place; WeeklyRides.com, third place.

Sustainable economy: Recover, first place; Javesca Coffee, second place; Community Culinary School of Charlotte, third place.

Waste reduction: Promising Pages, first place; Crown Town Compost, second place; Treecycle America, third place.

Water: Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, first place; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, second place; SAROS Desalination, third place.

Outstanding leader: Damon Barron, first place; Bill Zuehlke, second place; Jill Walker, third place.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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