Honeywell, Dyson, Denver Water Agency Among Honorees for Green Excellence

Honeywell, Dyson, Denver Water Agency Among Honorees for Green Excellence

Corporate giant Honeywell, appliance innovator Dyson and Denver's water agency are among the North American recipients of Green Excellence Awards from research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

The awards honor companies, public agencies and individuals for outstanding efforts in devising successful green business strategies, tools, services, products and solutions for a global marketplace.

The recipients, who are announced throughout the year, had an opportunity to attend an awards ceremony last week in San Francisco.

Award winners include Denver Water, the agency that serves the city of Denver and several surrounding suburbs, for its highly effective conservation plan and a smart, funny and occasionally edgy promotional campaign. Denver Water has worked with Sukle Advertising + Design on the "Use Only What You Need" campaign that has become a model for others and includes hugely popular TV and video spots that have made their way to You Tube.

Denver's water conservation initiative, launched in 2006, called for reducing water use by at least 22 percent by 2016 compared to 2001 usage levels. This spring the agency said water use systemwide for 2007 plunged by 20 percent compared to the base year and that water use by city government properties had plummeted by 30 percent during the same period.

Making the best decisions to manage and green properties is at the heart of VFA Inc.'s Green Building Assessment Services, which Frost & Sullivan also recognized with a Green Excellence Award.

The 10-year-old, Boston-based VFA specializes in providing solutions and services for facilities asset management and capital planning. VFA's green building assessment element meshes with the company's flagship software to enable clients to identify, prioritize and pursue green investment opportunities based on cost savings, positive environmental impact and other key business factors.

Introduced last year, the system has helped corporations, government agencies and institutions such as hospitals and universities incorporate eco-friendly initiatives in their facilities capital planning process. The system is already being used to help manage 2 million square feet of government property and 1.2 million square feet of property for multinational businesses, VFA Inc.'s Marketing and Business Development Vice President Ameeta Soni told GreenBiz.

Soni came to San Francisco to receive the award that Frost & Sullivan conferred on her firm late last year. "This is tremendous validation for us, especially having this come from a group like Frost & Sullivan," Soni said.

Frost & Sullivan cited Honeywell Building Solutions for customer service leadership because of the features and the breadth of Honeywell's comprehensive building services.

The recent development and launch of Honeywell's Renewable Energy Scorecard is a key component in the company's array of building services. The scorecard is a tool that helps clients contemplating renewable energy evaluate the advantages, challenges, projected ROI, payback period and other key variables related to each renewable energy option. The tool takes the guesswork out of making renewable energy investment choices, a company spokesman said.

"We're very pleased to get the award, it's a validation of our work," Energy Marketing Director Ronald Blagus, the scorecard's architect, told GreenBiz. "Our goal was to make employing renewable energy easier and the decisionmaking process (to get there)  less complicated."

Dyson Inc. was recognized for green product innovation in bringing its Airblade hand dryer to market.  

"At Dyson our focus is developing new and better technology – and we do this with environmental impact in mind," Dyson Inc. President David Hollander said in a statement to GreenBiz. "The key to Airblade is the Dyson Digital Motor.  Because it's digital, it's carbon-free. There's no energy-hungry heater to power so it uses up to 80 percent less energy than warm air hand dryers – not to mention it eliminates mountains of paper towel waste. The DDM spins at 81,000 rpm – faster than an Indy race car, which means shorter drying times — just 12 seconds."

"We're constantly working to engineer better technology that uses less energy and performs more efficiently," Hollander said. "I think we all benefit when new technology minimizes environmental impact. We're honored to receive the award in support of our technology and sustainability efforts."

The Green Excellence Awards ceremony on September 17 capped the fourth and final day of Frost & Sullivan's annual growth, innovation and leadership conference. The awards event — and the panel sessions and presentations that preceded it — marked the first time in the four years of the conference that Frost & Sullivan had devoted an entire day to green strategies and their integration into companies' growth plans.

Other firms honored by Frost & Sullivan include:
Ameresco of Framingham, Mass., Arbor Networks of Lexington, Mass., IBM of Armonk., N.Y., iLinc of Phoenix, Ariz., Kennametal of Latrobe, Penn., Nalco of Naperville Ill., NComputing of Redwood City, Calif., PolyOne Corp. of Avon Lake, Ohio, Premiere Global Services Inc. of Atlanta, Ga., PULS Power, which has North American offices in St. Charles, Ill., Range Fuels Inc. of Broomfield, Colo., Ocarina Networks of San Jose, Calif., StollerUSA of Houston, Texas, Verizon Communications of New York, Vitesse Semiconductor of Camarillo, Calif., and Webasto Product North America Inc. of Fenton, Mich.