BOULDER - To close out its 2012 Green Summit , the Boulder County Business Report presented a cocktail reception where it honored Eco Heroes of the Boulder Valley - individuals who are contributing to sustainable business services.

Awards were presented to:

Shaun LaBarre, Center for ReSource Conservation;
Julie Herman, Colorado Green Building Guild;
Kai Abelkis, Boulder Community Hospital;
Elizabeth Train, Boulder B-cycle;
Barry Bennett, Native Ecology Inc.;
Margaret Rogers, Populus Inc.

The Colorado Green Building Guild presented the Boulder Valley Best of Green Building Awards during the reception. The awards committee, led by Henry Mueller, owner of Henry Mueller Design Inc., looked at how nominees were trying to reduce their "carbon footprint," not just the energy savings associated with the projects. The committee also looked at how recycled and re-used materials were used in projects.

Best Green Adaptive Reuse of Existing Building
eTown Colorado DLLC, 1545 Spruce St., Boulder, for its "beautiful transformation of an existing landmark building."

Best Green Educational Facility
Casey Middle School, 1301 High St., Boulder.

Best Green Health-care Facility
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists PC, 104 S. Main St., Longmont, for a make-over of an existing building. It's the first Partner for a Clean Environment, or PACE, certified veterinary hospital in Colorado.

Best Green Multiresidential Building
University of Colorado-Boulder's Williams Village North building near the corner of 30th Street and Baseline Road in Boulder. The $46.5 million Williams Village North dorm building. has received numerous other awards, including LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,-platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Green Cutting-Edge
Synergistic Building Technologies Inc., 1335 Deer Trail Road, Boulder, for its use of passive solar collection strategies in its building.

Best Green Improvement on a Commercial Building
Ocean First Divers LLC, 3015 Bluff St., Boulder, won for a "comprehensive approach to sustainability" in building design, operation and retail at its building.

Best Green Residential
The 1247 Scrub Oak residence won the award for having the most "easy to replicate" design for future projects.

Best Improvement on a Historic Building
The Colorado Chautauqua Association cabin renovations, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, won for "extending the buildings' life cycle."

Best Hospitality for a "Green" Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Resort or Retreat
Goldminer Hotel, 601 Klondyke Ave., Eldora, won for reducing energy consumption with a building retrofit while still preserving the same look and feel that the building had when it was built.

Western Disposal Services Inc. presented its Waste Diversion Awards during the luncheon at the summit.

Businesses honored for their success at reducing landfill waste by diverting materials and recycling were:

IBM Corp., Boulder;
Hotel Boulderado in Boulder;
Lucile's Creole Cafe in Boulder and Longmont;
Georgia Boys BBQ, Longmont;
Cake Top Publishing, Louisville;
Planet Bluegrass, Lyons.