“‘Participating in [last year’s competition] helped us grow our positive social and environmental performance and it’s great to be a part of the larger effort to make that impact in Pittsburgh,’ says JoAnn Rizzo of AE Works, a Pittsburgh architecture firm that won the Small Business Division award. ‘For any company or organization that is thinking about participating, I highly recommend it.’
“To help them achieve their sustainability goals, organizations rely on a support system that includes workshops and networking events that encourage them to interact with fellow participants.
“‘One of the biggest benefits I’ve seen people gain from the challenge is that organizations can connect with and learn from one another,’ says Secrest. ‘They’re able to exchange ideas and practices. That has been very valuable for a lot of our participants.'”