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Valerie Riedel Named 2010 Walk the Talk Champion 


Energetics is pleased to announce that Valerie Riedel has been awarded the 2010 Walk the Talk Champion Award. The award recognizes the employee who best exemplifies the spirit of the Walk the Talk initiative throughout the year, by adopting green practices in his or her daily activities, participating in Walk the Talk projects and volunteering time to the cause, and exhibiting initiative and leadership in advancing green practices that will have a lasting impact. The efforts of the award winner directly contribute to results that help Energetics reduce energy use, decrease its carbon footprint, minimize its impact on natural resources, and increase awareness of the company’s environmental performance. Recipients of the Walk the Talk Champion Award are nominated and chosen by their fellow employees.

Energetics President Nancy Margolis (left) presents the 2010 Walk the Talk Champion Award to Valerie Riedel (right)
Energetics President Nancy Margolis (left) presents the 2010 Walk the Talk Champion Award to Valerie Riedel (right)

Ms. Riedel founded Energetics’ popular Community Supported Agriculture initiative. She explored a variety of potential providers of local produce and contracted with one to deliver weekly harvest shares to the Energetics Columbia offices. Her enthusiasm inspired many fellow employees to enlist in the program, and greater participation is expected for the 2011 program. By contracting with local producers for season-long harvest shares, this program not only reduced the carbon footprint of the production and supply chain of participants’ pantries, but also helped maintain profitability of local farms, thereby preserving local farmland and encouraging more sustainable methods of agriculture.

Energetics' Walk the Talk initiative is an employee-led effort to encourage sustainable practices that reduce our impact on the environment. We work daily with energy and environmental programs in the public and private sectors, and we strive to apply the principles of conservation and energy efficiency to our everyday activities. From implementing changes to our facilities to encouraging adjustments in personal behavior, this initiative helps ensure that the way we work is consistent with the work we do.