FOX 50 Lead Media Partner for Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards

National Awards Recognize Small Business Environmental & Community Excellence

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Story Updated: Feb 14, 2011

FOX 50 (WRAZ-TV) will be the lead Media Partner as the Triangle-based Institute for Sustainable Development recognizes smaller employers from around the country for their efforts to combine good business, environmental and community practices.

Tommy Schenck – Vice President & General Manager of FOX 50 (WRAZ-TV), said, “As a locally-owned and operated station in the heart of the Triangle, we’re proud to be a partner in this effort.”

The national awards are held annually at Research Triangle Park Foundation and are presented by GlaxoSmithKline. Other major sponsors include The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce; UNC Chapel Hill; the American Chamber of Commerce Executives; the Chapel Hill - Carrboro Chamber of Commerce; Wells Fargo / Wachovia; The Redwoods Group; and Duke Energy.

The Green Plus Awards recognize CEOs and small business owners from around the country for their excellence in business, environmental, and community practices.

“FOX 50 is a great fit for the Green Plus Awards,” said Chris Carmody, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. “FOX 50 has led a number of successful community efforts and received the Service to America Award in 2010 from the National Association of Broadcasters Foundation.”

Last year, FOX 50 created a number of community campaigns, including the “What Color Do YOU Bleed?” effort to encourage donations to the American Red Cross, as well as a series of E-cycling events to help residents and businesses get rid of electronic waste responsibly and create awareness around improper and dangerous disposal of electronic waste.

The Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards will be presented Friday, February 25th at 8:15a.m. at the Research Triangle Park Foundation, following a light breakfast. For more information on Green Plus, the award finalists, and purchasing tickets, go to www.gogreenplus.org.

About FOX 50 (WRAZ-TV) FOX 50 (WRAZ-TV) is affiliated with the FOX network and locally owned and operated by Capitol Broadcasting, Inc. FOX 50 covers 23 counties throughout North Carolina and Virginia as part of the 25th ranked TV market in the US. FOX 50 is located in Durham, overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on the campus of American Tobacco.

About Green Plus and the Institute for Sustainable Development The Institute for Sustainable Development and its business improvement program Green Plus was founded in the North Carolina Research Triangle in 2007 by a unique partnership of academic, business and philanthropic leaders. Early partners included Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Greater Durham Chambers of Commerce, GlaxoSmithKline and the Fenwick Foundation.

A vital part of Green Plus is providing real-life experiences to university students in the area of business and sustainability by connecting the students with real organizations engaged with these issues. The Institute trains interdisciplinary teams of graduate students and professionals to provide practical, affordable tools and assistance to help smaller enterprises and their communities become stronger, healthier, and more competitive. To date, more than 200 small businesses and non-profits in more than twelve U.S. states have benefited from the Green Plus program.

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