Dr. Jim Phillips (left) presents the award to TJ Willetts (right) of Burns & Scalo Roofing Co.

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PA Sustainable Small Business Award

Duquesne's Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth, for the second year, selected a local small business for the Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award. Burns & Scalo Roofing Co. was chosen for the award because of its selection of living roof and photovoltaic solar roofing options, as well as for applying general sustainability practices to its operations.

The Thornburg company uses a three-pronged approach to reduce its environmental footprint, improve people's lives and create a positive economic impact. Through renewables and a certified Class-G headquarters, the firm reduced energy consumption at its headquarters by 45 to 50 percent.

As well as focusing on its own sustainability, Burns & Scalo Roofing fosters community sustainability, said Dr. Jim Phillips, award presenter and Duquesne's Senior Director of Sponsored Research. Partnering with Goodwill of Southwestern PA and The Education Partnership, a group that upcycles office supplies for school children, the company impacts the community.

"The Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award mirrors the sustainability efforts that the Green Center tries to impart with other small businesses in the region," Phillips said. "We want this award to honor those succeeding in sustainability but also to encourage other small businesses to see that profitability and sustainability can go hand-in-hand." Candidates are judged on their commitments to sustainability while remaining profitable, green certifications, and social responsibility and community engagement.

The award was presented at the April 4th Beard Institute's special screening of Chasing Ice, a documentary about glacial melting, sea-level rise, and global warming. The Beard Institute also presented the Green to Gold award to American Express for the corporation's efforts in sustainability, social responsibility and governance, and philanthropy while maintaining profitability for shareholders.

The Center for Green Industries would like to thank all applicants for the PA Sustainable Small Business Award and GreenerPittsburgh.com for assistance in the judging of applicants 2 years running!