2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
St. Petersburg, April 2011 — LocalShops1.com will be honored at the 2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards, which will be presented June 2 in Daytona Beach as part of the
Florida Green Building Coalition's Green Trends Conference.
The Best Practice Award recognizes businesses, organizations and
individuals for their dynamic work in helping to create sustainable
"We're very excited about this honor because it shows that supporting local businesses is one of the key ingredients for a sustainable community," said Ester Venouziou, founder of LocalShops1.com. "Having an active shop-local movement is right up there with having a quality recycling program and clean air regulations. Local businesses are a vital part to building and maintaining an environmentally and economically sustainable region."
Sustainable Florida, a program run by the Collins Center for Public Policy, is
an independent, non-profit and non-partisan alliance that serves as the
primary statewide collaborator on sustainability issues. Its mission is
to advance the vision of sustainability by identifying, supporting and
communicating best management practices---those which protect and
preserve Florida's environment for the future while building markets for
Florida's businesses by enhancing their competitive advantages today.
LocalShops1.com, launched in August 2008, connects local, independent businesses and community-minded shoppers all over Tampa Bay. In 2010 LocalShops1.com was recognized as the region's best voice for small businesses. The member-supported organization features an extensive online directory of
independent businesses and a shopping card, the 1Card, that offers
discounts at participating shops, restaurants and service providers. LocalShops1.com also organizes
networking meetings, store promotions and community events.