The Sustainable Works! Awards
Created by Gaining Ground to recognize individuals and organizations that are making progress on issues of sustainability in health, food, energy, housing, farming, and innovation in Mississippi, these individuals are engaged in work that furthers the aim of Gaining Ground to build a Sustainable Mississippi through education, outreach, and action.
Bill Lilly - Owner of Village Green Builders Inc.
Bill is one of the
leaders in the field of sustainable construction and consulting in MS. He won
the 2010 Sustainability Leadership Award/ University of Mississippi and was the
2010 Sustainability Leadership Award/ University of Mississippi and was the 3rd
Place Winner of "Growing a Greener Mississippi." He is a featured
speaker on sustainable housing and has most recently been featured in an
independent film, “Billy Lilly Builds a Green House.”
Anne McCauley - Assistant Director of the University of Mississippi’s Campus Office of Sustainability
Ms. McCauley joined the Office of Campus Sustainability
in October 2009 and works on efforts to move the Green Initiative forward. She
has played the pivotal role of connecting University efforts with community
efforts in the arena of sustainability. She also helped students pass a Green
Fund Initiative on Campus in 2012.
Frank Taylor - President of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative
Winston County Self-Help Cooperative's "Saving Rural America
Conference" is one of the strongest outreach efforts to small farmers in
MS. Mr. Taylor has been a fearless leader of this group for over a decade and
serves on state and national boards supporting small, minority farmers. He now
has a radio show, and today, WCSHC’s membership consists of 56 vibrant members
from three surrounding counties. Frank collaborates with the USDA and
non-profit organizations to deliver relevant information on generating revenue
for small farmers. His mission is to “Save Rural America.”
Sumesh Arora, Ph.D., Vice president of Innovate Mississippi and the director for Innovate Mississippi's Strategic Biomass Solutions program
Sumesh is a firm believer in the efficient use of energy, generated by both traditional and non-traditional means. In 2006, Sumesh was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to represent MS on the Governor’s Ethanol Coalition. In 2005, Sumesh was named as a Top 40 Under 40 business leader in MS by the Mississippi Business Journal. He has secured state and federal grants amounting to $1.1 million for renewable energy projects. Sumesh has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences and has several journal publications.
Nancy Woodruff - A Mississippi native from Louisville who serves on the advisory board for GGSIM and the MS Food Policy Council
At the local level she is active with the Winston County Self-Help Cooperative, especially its FoodCorps and farm to school programs. Her expertise in holistic healthcare informs her passion for re-creating the high quality foods that are essential for deep healing. She is also a co-owner of Southern Cultured, a Starkville-based maker of locally-marketed, probiotic-rich fermented foods. Nancy believes deeply that human wellness is a potent driver for deep-rooted sustainability and a peaceful human presence on planet Earth.