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Green Gala and Sustainable Business Awards

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Starts On - September 15, 2016 - 5:30pm
Ends On - September 15, 2016 - 10:30pm
201 East Trade St
Charlotte , NC 28202

Join USGBC North Carolina for our annual Green Gala Sustainable Business Awards & Fundraiser on Sept. 15, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte.

With an expected attendance of 400 people, we'll honor sustainability leaders and projects that represents green excellence and innovation in the state of North Carolina. You will also have a chance to bid and win silent auctions items onsite!

Be inspired by our keynote speaker, Suzanne Shelton. We'll also have live polling for your favorite scholarship recipient.

We hope you join us for this night full of fun, inspiration and awards! Questions? Please email Sandra Doherty at

USGBC North Carolina currently seeks event sponsors and welcomes donations for our annual fundraiser. Review our sponsorship benefits package, and learn how you can donate today!

Ticket prices:

  • Individual tickets: $80-160
  • Table sales: $2,000 (includes 10 tickets)

2016 Sustainable Business Awards

Nominations for the 2016 Sustainable Business Awards are now closed. Thank you so much to all those who submitted nominations!

Winners will be announced at the 2016 Annual Green Gala event on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, N.C. Finalists will be notified on July 15 and will be required to have a representative on site to receive the award, if selected.

Silent Auction

Donations to our fourth annual fundraiser will help us achieve our mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Contributions will directly benefit our community outreach programs, which include scholarships for college students seeking degrees in sustainability professions. Learn more about how you can donate.

Sponsored by Ingersoll Rand

Speaker: Suzanne Shelton
Why sustainability matters — and why your efforts matter.

Most Americans see “green” as “good,” they say energy conservation impacts their daily purchases and activities, and they claim they’d buy a more energy efficient home if they had the choice and not buy products from brands or companies that treat the environment poorly. The problem is, we don’t see a lot of action backing up those words.

Less than 1 percent of our farmland is organic, less than 1 percent of our housing stock has undergone a deep energy efficiency retrofit, and less than 1 percent of single-family homes have solar on their rooftops. And we haven’t seen a major decline in sales of brands with questionable environmental ethics yet. Meanwhile, the global population continues to grow, demanding more of the earth’s resources, and scientists keep sounding the alarm bell that temperatures are going up and sea levels are slowly rising.

Thus, building greener homes and buildings and living a greener lifestyle aren’t just cool nice-to-haves; they’re about creating a sustainable future for everyone.

Suzanne Shelton, CEO of The Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing agency exclusively focused in the energy and environmental sectors, will share some insights from her firm’s regular polling of Americans, a-ha’s from thought leaders in the sustainability arena and lessons learned over the years in marketing sustainability to Americans — all to inspire and challenge members of the gala audience to keep pushing sustainability forward, and how to do so in the face of resistance.

Suzanne is the voice and the vision of The Shelton Group, an agency exclusively focused on motivating mainstream Americans to make sustainable choices. She is a columnist in multiple publications and a featured speaker at numerous conferences annually on this topic, largely pulling insights from the firm's quarterly polling of Americans and their campaigns for America's largest brands, including Boeing, Kohler, Lowe's and Toshiba.

Drawing on her extensive experience in energy and the environment — plus her 25 years in the marketing and advertising industry — she provides high-level strategic insights for our clients and speaks to audiences around the country about pressing issues related to marketing energy efficiency and sustainability.