Recreation and Park Association Tops Green Awards

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce honored more than 50 businesses last week for their efforts to promote environmental sustainability

In its seventh year, the Loudoun Green Business Challenge

awards program was held Oct. 26 at the Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville.

Participating businesses tracked their performance using scorecards. Comfenergy LLC landed the Most Improved Award for its efforts during the past year. The National Recreation and Park Association in Ashburn took the prize for the top commercial business, while Oatlands Historic House and Garden won in the

Tenant Leased category and Watermark Woods won in the home-based business category.

The National Recreation and Park Association also won the Innovation Award for its Great Urban Parks campaign, which aims to improve environmental and social conditions in underserved communities through green infrastructure projects in local parks. It supports projects that improve public access to recreational spaces and to nature, while improving environmental quality and reducing flooding.

The Patricia Trammell Award, honoring Green Business Challenge founder, was presented to Modern Mechanical.

Modern Mechanical offers the Lennox Sunsource Solar system, which is a heat pump or AC system that connects to solar panels. The panels run the outdoor unit when it’s on. When it’s off, it sends the electricity produced back into the house.

Since the challenge began in 2009, more than 350 businesses and other organizations have participated in the program. For more information on the Green Business Initiative, including a complete list of winners and finalists, go to

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