The nomination process for the 2016 Van Vlahakis Sustainability Award is underway!
Earth Friendly Products along with CleanTech OC are looking to award companies and organizations that are leading by example in sustainability programs and environmental issues. The goal is to recognize outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects and highlight the success of businesses, organizations and agencies, who go beyond the norm to advance Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability programs and to make these examples available to others who may emulate them.
One of the most successful Greek immigrants in the United States, Vlahakis was the founder and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, the largest green cleaning products manufacturer in the world.
Born in Crete on January 14, 1935, Vlahakis came to the US as a young man ready to change his life and the world; and he did. He left Greece in 1953 to escape poverty after World War II had torn apart Europe, and went to Chicago, IL to study chemistry at Roosevelt University. He was going to school in the morning and straight to work after his classes in order to make a living. The man who was forced to live in homeless shelters when he arrived in the States, ten years later founded the green giant known today as Earth Friendly Products.
Nominees are currently being accepted and is open to all Orange County businesses.