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Rollin' Out The Green Carpet: Welcome 2023 Nominees

15th Annual Sustainable Business Awards

The Sustany Foundation’s Sustainable Business Awards aka The BUZZYs are a great way to celebrate the businesses and organizations that are making a difference in the Tampa Bay area. The awards also help to raise awareness of sustainability and encourage others to make a commitment to environmental protection. Nominate your favorite company today.Here are some of the benefits of winning a Sustainable Business Award:

  • Increased brand recognition
  • Enhanced credibility with customers and investors
  • Increased employee morale, recruitment and retention
  • Increased innovation and creativity
  • Reduced risk of regulatory fines
  • Improved access to capital

If you are a business or know any organization in the Tampa Bay area that is committed to sustainability, We encourage you to nominate today.  The awards are a great way to celebrate sustainable achievements and inspire others to make a difference.


The winners will be announced at The Sustainable Buzz scheduled for Fall of 2023.  Nominees will receive two complimentary tickets and the event is open to the public and is attended by sustainability professionals, business leaders, government officials, academia, non-profits, and like-minded community organizations. Please consider supporting the companies and organizations in our area that are leading the way in sustainability.

When you’re ready to apply , there is a $100 donation that is due with the Intent to Apply/Eligibility Form to cover costs associated with initial processing and eligibility determination. A limited number of fee waivers are available through our Fee Waiver Program, please contact Kristi Strazzullo

Your tax deductible donation to The Sustany Foundation has a direct impact in the local community and supports programs and initiatives such as tree plantings, community garden grants, sustainability micro-grants, zero-waste initiatives, business assistance, and education. 100% of our funding stays in the local community and contributes to protecting and preserving this unique environment we all call home.

Nominations Are Closed

The Sustainable Business Awards Recognizes Local Businesses Doing “Good” While Doing Well

Our Judging Criteria


Contributes to the environmental health of Tampa Bay through sustainable environmental practices. Examples: environmentally-friendly products, waste reduction, resource conservation, carbon footprint reduction, pollution mitigation, product life cycle, LEED/Well construction and restoration/net positive activities.


Is a good citizen of Tampa Bay and the world through fair and beneficial business practices for employees, community and supply chain. Examples: employee benefits and satisfaction, civic engagement, giving back, human rights, animal rights, empowerment and equity.


Committed to good governance. Provides a positive economic impact in the Tampa Bay community while aligning sustainability values throughout organization. Examples: compliance and risk management, board diversity, fiscally responsibility, contributes to growth of local economy.

Nomination Categories

Now in its 15th year, this annual event recognizes businesses and organizations in the Tampa Bay area that are committed to making a positive impact on the planet. Since 2008, more than 130 businesses have received the award. From small local farms to large corporations, we honor their commitments to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. See all past award winners here.

Nominations are accepted each year through an open call process. To be eligible, the nominated entity must have a location in the Tampa Bay area. Completed applications are ranked in the three pillars of sustainability against peers in size and industry.  Finalists and winners are selected by a third-party review and panel process.

Jan Roberts Sustainable Business Leadership Award

Jan Roberts, founder of Earth Charter US

Jan Roberts has been a changemaker for economic, social, and environmental justice for over 45 years. Since 2013, she has been an independent filmmaker focused on documenting systemic solutions for the wellbeing of people and the planet. Her documentary, UNDAUNTED, is in production and features Native and Black Changemakers and their allies putting traditional values for “all life is connected” and “wealth is more than money” into wealth building initiatives on reservations and in cities.  UNDAUNTED has been recognized as a “Hot Film in the Making” by From the Heart Productions in California.

Previously, Jan served as an NGO Delegate to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and founded Earth Charter U.S. to support community organizers in their local sustainability efforts. She was invited by Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, to the global launch of the Earth Charter where she was recognized as the leader of the grassroots movement in the U.S. As an adjunct professor in the College of Business at UT, she launched the “Sustainable Business Awards” in 2007, which is the precursor for this event today.