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Environmental solutions take the spotlight for the second season of the Green Mind Award

Rabat, Morocco. 17 January, 2014:

The latest innovations and initiatives helping to promote positive environmental impact will compete in the second season of the Green Mind Award. Launched in Morocco today, the popular series toured the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) as it set out to find the potential winner of 2014.

The awards is organized by Green Mind NGO, in partnership with e-EcoSolutions Environmental Consultancy and supported by Strategic Sponsor, Averda, the international waste management and environmental solutions provider. The series seeks to promote and recognise the leading green achievements of companies, both private and the public sector, organizations, teams and individuals.

“We are eager to exchange our knowledge and experiences with the MENA countries” said Nada Zaarour, president of Green Mind NGO. “We have received until the date the participation of 12 different countries and we hope to see the creativity of Morocco shine at this year’s awards and highlight the hard work and commitment to creating a greener, more sustainable future for the country.”

Entries can be submitted into 10 award categories: Green Education, Green Media, Green Industry, Green Individual, Green Community, Green Innovation, Green NGO, Green CSR, Green Hospitality and Green Woman of the Earth. Applications are assessed by an international panel of experts, with the winners announced on April 22, to coincide with International Earth Day. The ceremony will be featuring the famous Green Carpet and receiving keynote addresses from a number of well-known industry figures, including Carlos Ghosn and Prince Albert II of Monaco. “This award is a synergy of Green meets Glamour.” added Gilbert Tegho, CEO, e-EcoSolutions, “The theme for 2014 is Go Green & Go Famous and we really want to make stars out of those working hard to develop worthwhile projects that help us save our Earth.

Mr. Firas Arkaji from Averda commented: “This is a fantastic initiative, not only helping to raise awareness of green products and successful campaigns, but also highlighting real examples of how environmental protection can be applied in everyday life, personal or business. We are proud to be a part of this second season of Green Mind Award.” Free to enter, awards can be submitted online via http://www.GreenMind.me until the 25 January, 2014. This year’s award is sponsored by Averda, and BankMed.

About Green Mind

Green Mind is a non- governmental organization (NGO) established in 2012 by a group of Lebanese professionals with a vision to create and promote sustainability practices in all of its economic and social policies in the Middle East.

About averda

averda International is the largest environmental solutions provider in the MENA region, specializing in integrated resources management. averda is at the forefront of innovation in the regional market, providing sustainable solutions and more than 35 years of experience in the effective management of waste for both private and public sector clients across pedestrian, residential, commercial, and industrial areas.

averda’s extensive portfolio of services ranges from street cleaning through to waste collection, treatment, disposal and recycling. The company’s capabilities also include the development of solutions for water, wastewater and solid waste of public, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, all within a sustainable framework that respects the natural environment. averda also designs and implements full-scale solutions to recover valuable and recyclable resources like paper, metals, and water.

With more than 7,500 employees serving millions of people every day, averda operates in full compliance with international standards for quality control throughout Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Morocco. averda is supported by GrowthGate Capital Corporation since 2008.

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