Earth Friendly Products has received California’s highest environmental honor

Earth Friendly Products has received California’s highest environmental honor

We are thrilled to share that our founding partner Earth Friendly Products has received California’s highest environmental honor: The GEELA Award.

GEELA stands for Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award.

Earth Friendly Products is one of twelve organizations to receive the honor at the California Environmental Protection Agency office in Sacramento.

The GEELA acknowledges individuals, organizations and businesses that “demonstrate exceptional leadership and make notable, voluntary contributions toward conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public- private partnerships and strengthening the state economy.”

This is not the first GEELA award for Earth Friendly Products, as they received the honor in 2010 as well. This year, they received the award in Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities. The company was recognized for paving the way in sustainable manufacturing in an environmentally responsible way.

We are honored to be recognized with the Governor’s Award,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO. “I’m very proud of our entire team at Earth Friendly Products who have worked so hard to achieve carbon neutrality, water neutrality and Platinum Zero Waste certification at all four of our facilities across the U.S. This award is a wonderful way to kick off the year as we celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2017.

Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh, vice president of sustainability and education, praised Earth Friendly Products for their commitment to the governor’s environmental goals.

Pictured above (left to right): Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president & CEO; Firas Jamal, Chief Engineer; Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh, VP of Sustainability and Education















Dr. Afsharmanesh is responsible for designing and implementing the company’s sustainability programs. She believes there is growing awareness that environmental protection and economic growth can go hand in hand. “It’s critical that businesses and policymakers in California work together to find sustainability and climate solutions that will make a positive difference for our families, our economy, and our future.”

The annual GEELA program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency, in partnership with the Department of Food and Agriculture, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, California Integrated Waste Management Board, and the State and Consumer Services Agency.

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