May 7, 2007
Project EverGreen Announces Because Green Matters Award WinnersSource: Project EverGreen

Project EverGreen has named Verandah, Bonita Bay Group’s community near Fort Myers, Fla., and Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort/Stone Mountain Golf Club, near Atlanta, Ga., as winners of its Because Green Matters award for 2007.

“Selecting two Because Green Matters winners is a first in the history of this award,” stated Den Gardener, executive director of Project EverGreen. “However, it was almost mandatory when we reviewed how thoroughly each organization has integrated promotion and preservation of green spaces into their planning.”

Located along the Orange River, Verandah was Florida’s first community to receive certification as a Green Development by the state’s Green Building Coalition. The development has also been certified by the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program for its work in promoting water conservation and preservation of other natural resources through landscaping.

Just 16 miles from Atlanta, the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort and Stone Mountain Golf Club have initiated programs that blend environmental and business stewardship. These include a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and conversion of 12 acres to native grass/wildflower habitat.

To learn more about Project EverGreen, visit


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