Thinkshift | October 27, 2016
We’re always proud of our clients—that’s why we tell their stories—so it’s extremely gratifying when others recognize their greatness.
White House honors Fish 2.0 founder
Fish 2.0 founder Monica Jain was among 12 people from across the country honored as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood during an event at the White House October 7.
The White House created the Champions of Change program to feature “individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.” Jain earned the honor for her achievements with the Fish 2.0 business competition as well as her longtime dedication to ocean conservation and advancing seafood sustainability.
“For me the most meaningful thing is that financing and investment is being recognized as an important part of change in the sustainable seafood ecosystem,” says Jain. “Plus, I got to meet sustainable seafood leaders from all over the nation. That was fabulous. Everyone there was doing something that was not easy, and pushing for change regardless of all the setbacks. No one there was all about themselves; it was about making change happen in ways that helped communities and oceans.”
The Fish 2.0 2017 sustainable seafood business competition launches in January.
Optimum Energy earns sustainability award
Optimum Energy, a cleantech company that optimizes HVAC systems for energy and water savings, won the gold Seattle Business Community Impact Award in the Green Products and Services category. The award, announced October 26, recognized the company with the most comprehensive and innovative set of programs to conserve energy, reduce waste or otherwise help protect the environment.
“It’s a proud moment for the company,” says CEO Bert Valdman, who accepted the award. “This award belongs to our great team—never bet against the engineers when it comes to driving transformational change in accelerating the transition to sustainable energy.”
SeaWeb seeks champions worldwide
Meanwhile, our other active seafood client, SeaWeb, is seeking worthy award recipients. SeaWeb recently opened nominations for its 2017 Seafood Champion Awards, which recognize people and organizations around the world for outstanding commitment to advancing seafood sustainability in the fishing, aquaculture, seafood supply and distribution, retail, restaurant and foodservice sectors, as well as through conservation, science, academia and the media.
“In our movement, the Seafood Champion Awards really are at the top,” says Richard Boot, president of FishChoice and a 2016 finalist. “It takes very little energy to find where the problems are, and even less energy to complain about them—but it takes a lot of energy, time, innovation and thought to actually create a solution. To be able to recognize people for doing that is very helpful.”
Well said. Do you know a seafood star who deserves the spotlight? SeaWeb gives awards in four categories: leadership, innovation, vision and advocacy. Nominations close December 3.