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    Call for Nominations: Western Pa. Sustainable Small Business Award

    Duquesne University's Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth and the Institute for Energy and the Environment are seeking nominations and self-nominations for the inaugural Annual Western Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award. The award will be presented at Duquesne's 2012 Beard Sustainability Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 1.

    Candidates for the award must meet the following criteria:

    1. Small business located in Western Pennsylvania
    2. Fewer than 500 employees
    3. In addition to 1.) and 2.) one or more of the following criteria must be met:
    • Is seeking certification or is already certified in LEED, ENERGY STAR, Class-g or another major environmental certification
    • Is participating in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge
    • Has completed a major philanthropic or social responsibility project within the last year
    • Has verifiable data proving reductions in energy, water, and/or waste use within the last year.

    Eligible candidates should submit a proposal of up to two pages demonstrating their eligibility and explaining what efforts they have made to reduce environmental impacts while sustaining consistent profitability.

    Proposals should be emailed to before Friday, Aug. 3.

    For information on last year's Beard Symposium at Duquesne University, visit

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.