RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina organizations on the cutting edge of integrating sound economic returns with environmental stewardship and social responsibility will be honored at the fifth annual N.C. Sustainability Awards & Conference on Oct. 30 at the Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh.

This year’s event has been expanded and will feature:Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI
– Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare, internationally acclaimed authors & consultants (The Natural Step for Business, Dancing with the Tiger)
– Andrew Mangan, founder and executive director of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development
– A kickoff luncheon for the N.C. Sustainable Business Council
РWorld Caf̩-style discussions on implementing sustainable practices with leading experts and executives with in-the-trenches experience
– Networking opportunities with business and government leaders from across the state

SNC is accepting award nominations through Sept. 15 in three categories:

Innovative Initiatives: This award recognizes organizations that are engaged in the development of new transformational technologies or business models with the potential to create long term benefits to society and the environment.

Environmental Stewardship: This award recognizes organizations that have implemented programs to significantly reduce their environmental impact. Winners can typically show that their company or organization has gone well beyond meeting basic compliance requirements.

Triple Bottom Line: The Triple Bottom Line award is open to organizations that have made significant achievements in integrating all three components of sustainability — environmental, social and economic — into their operations and beyond.

Award nomination forms and event registration: www.sustainnc.org/2006awards