GWC Finale and Awards Ceremony!

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015  

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Reception and Private Tours 5:30 - 6:30)

Location: The Andy Warhol Museum117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890

Come celebrate the achievements of the 87 organizations who competed over the course of the past year to see the total impact of these leading organizations. Find out who saved the most energy, water, and waste; who reduced their travel footprint the most; and who engaged their workforce the most. Congratulate the competitors in a festive atmosphere!

Tom SzakyKeynote Speaker: Tom Szaky, Co-Founder and CEO of Terracycle and author of Outsmart Waste and Revolution in a Bottle

Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, from used chip bags to cigarette butts. On a yearly basis and across 23 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, creating millions of dollars of donations for schools and charities in the process. Many of the world's largest consumer products companies contract with TerraCycle to collect and recycle post-consumer products and packaging they produce. Through TerraCycle, Tom has pioneered a process, involving manufacturers, retailers, consumers and community groups, to create circular solutions for waste that otherwise would go to landfill or be incinerated.

Who should attend?

All Green Workplace Challenge participants, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers, sustainability managers, business leaders, community leaders, and active citizens who want to celebrate the positive impacts this year's GWC competitors have achieved!

Registration is now closed as venue max capacity reached 


GWC Participants Share Their Stories


Allegheny County

Five"At Allegheny County, the 2015 GWC has become a team event. Our workforce is engaged in ensuring that the county’s efforts to reduce energy and water usage and waste are sustainable and also expand beyond our walls. With active participation by our Green Team and Green Champions throughout the year, our employees have also embraced the efforts at the county and adopted many of the practices at home.  Together with the other GWC participants, we’ve been able to reduce costs, improve performance, and increase long-term environmental sustainability, making our region a better place for all."
-Kathy Hrabovsky, Sustainability Manager, Allegheny County

BNY Mellon


"Not only does the GWC foster some healthy sustainability competition between companies, but it allows the representatives for the company such as Nancy and I to become even more engaged with the operations and activities of our own workplace, as well as find inspiration in the actions of other organizations."
-Alice Bell, Business & Environmental Sustainability Intern, BNY Mellon







Five Star Development


"Seeking a zero waste office is good for everyone. Five Star was able to realize a major transformation in our office environment shortly after we began the GWC. Our air quality and trash/recycling load, the balance between artificial and day light, the plants we share and foods we eat, even the water we drink –were all improved by our participation and we even saved money! As a 20 year veteran of the tech Industry, Five Star knows impact and longevity come from improving year over year, so we are looking forward to next year’s challenge!"

-Lou Camerlengo, President and Cofounder, Five Star Development

GWC Participants Drive Innovation in Sustainability

Over the past year of competition, participants in the Green Workplace Challenge have identified and implemented measurable and impactful initiatives to increase the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of their operational practices.

A number of participating companies and organizations have shown especial creativity by suggesting “innovative actions” – actions that reflect the implementable, measurable and impactful activities that we seek to promote but were not captured within our Competition Guidebook when it was released on September 2014.

Find out more about the current (and growing) list of innovative actions for your inspiration. Take advantage of these additional opportunities to earn competition points by implementing these actions by the October 31 deadline! 


Results from the 2013-2014 Challenge

Find out more about last year's competition and the winners. Read More