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Tallahassee, Leon County and Leon County schools were among the finalists for the 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards. Nearly 90 nominations were reviewed and scored with one of the main criteria for the award being the ability to replicate the project. Finalists will be recognized at the Best Practice awards dinner September 13 in Palm Beach Gardens, held in conjunction with the Florida Green Building Coalition's Green Trends Conference.
Small Business category: Bing Energy- a Tallahassee-based startup with plans to revolutionize the production of power by creating a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells that are less expensive, smaller, lighter and more durable than anything available today.
Government category: Water Wise Tallahassee - City of Tallahassee - for inclusive programs that address personal responsibility for the quality and quantity of surface water resources, as well as expansive programs that focus on the protection of water resources at every level and cross City departmental boundaries, including Electric (production), Engineering, Wastewater, Fleet and the City operated Golf Courses.
Partnership category: Leon County-UF Extension - for transforming the Extension building and grounds into a state-of-the-art Sustainable Demonstration Center, where cutting-edge energy and water technologies are being combined with creative educational outreach efforts to inform and inspire the community at large in pursuit of sustainability.
Leadership category: Jackie Pons - Leon County's superintendent of schools launched a series of important conservation/sustainability projects including a groundbreaking public-private partnership converting school busses to compressed natural gas (CNG).
For a summary of all the finalists, go to the Sustainable Florida website.
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