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Winners of the 2016 Emerald Sustainability Awards Announced

Winners of the 2016 Emerald Sustainability Awards Announced

Published 03-15-17

Submitted by Emerald Brand

Leading the way with outstanding environmental achievements, the winners of the 2016 Emerald Brand Awards for Sustainability include The Valley Hospital, HiTouch Business Services, InterContinental New York Barclay, Barclays Center, UncommonGoods, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

The Valley Hospital was awarded the Emerald Sustainability Award for Healthcare for their thoughtful sustainable dining options, innovative optimizing chiller plants, and efficient use of LED lights and motion detector sensors.

HiTouch was presented the Emerald Sustainability Award for Distribution for their LEED Certified products and services and for encouraging other businesses to go green and engage in environmentally friendly practices, including eco-friendly options for moving and waste management.

Barclays Center was presented the Emerald Sustainability Award for Sports and Entertainment. Barclays’ received the LEED® Silver Certification for New Construction, making it the first professional sports and entertainment venue in the New York metro area to achieve this status for its sustainable design and construction methods. In addition, the popular New York arena has participated in events to promote protecting the planet, including World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.

InterContinental New York Barclay recently received the Emerald Sustainability Award for Hospitality for their wide range of sustainable practices. These initiatives include energy efficient lighting throughout the hotel, low-flow showerheads and toilets, energy efficient HVAC systems, and triple pane energy efficient windows. In addition, 100% of the hotel's organic food waste is eliminated via two food digesters, which is part of their extensive waste management and recycling program. 

 Uncommon Goods was awarded the Emerald Sustainability Award for Packaging. The e-commerce website offers online consumers environmentally friendly merchandise, including handmade recycled and organic products, and FSC Certified catalogs to promote an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle for their clients. Uncommon Goods utilizes Emerald’s sustainable void-fill solution when shipping out many of their goods.

The international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP won the Emerald Sustainability Award for their comprehensive ‘Green Initiative’ policy focused on energy reduction and conservation, hazardous electronic waste, educational and volunteer opportunities, and their formation of “green committees.”

The Valley Hospital, HiTouch, InterContinental New York Barclay, Barclays Center, UncommonGoods, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP had substantial environmental savings in 2016. A total of 3,280 trees, 506,595 pounds of landfill waste, 91,046 pounds of plastic, and 966,618 gallons of water were saved by converting to Emerald’s sustainability program.

About Emerald Brand:
Family owned and operated since 1997, Emerald Brand is committed to innovating through tree-free, sustainable and rapidly renewable solutions. From Tree-Free paper products to petroleum-free cutlery and a suite of over 200 sustainable corporate solutions, Emerald Brand is at the forefront of driving sustainability in homes and offices around the world.  Emerald Brand products are available for consumer purchase at and for businesses at  

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Emerald Brand’s mission is to combat climate change by providing cost-effective sustainable disposable products to businesses and homes. With a line of over 225 products, Emerald can convert entire business facilities such as corporate offices, hotels, universities, and more to a full measureable sustainability platform in the cafeteria, breakroom, facilities, packaging, and cleaning categories.

Emerald specializes in producing Tree-Free and Petroleum-Free products made with agricultural fibers. This process supports local farmers, prevents deforestation, and prevents the burning of this formerly-wasted agricultural material.

You can learn more about Emerald Brand and the sustainable solutions they offer at

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