■ The winners of Republic Bank's eighth annual We CARE Awards for Central Kentucky were honored recently at an awards ceremony at The Hilary J. Boone Center. In 2006 Republic Bank launched the first We CARE Awards as a way to recognize and show appreciation to local companies whose employees do great things for the community, stressing the four elements contained in the CARE name itself — Community Activity Recognition Enterprise. Twenty-nine nominations were accepted from companies who met the We CARE criteria, and were judged on how they encourage employees to become involved in volunteer activities, either during or after work hours. Companies were also evaluated on how they support community-based initiatives through philanthropic efforts and neighborhood assistance. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of previous winners and community leaders. Of the 29 finalists, seven companies were selected as winners and two were selected for Community Champion Awards for outstanding work on individual projects. The 2013 winners are: Barr, Anderson & Roberts; Kroger Co. — Lexington Region; Macy's — Fayette Mall; Sayre School; Stoll Keenon Ogden; The Webb Cos.; and Unified Trust Company. Community Champion Award winners are: David Toles Auto Pro and Wayne's Pharmacy. For more information on how your organization can obtain a nomination for 2013, contact Amy Gilbert at email@example.com, or (502) 560-8622 or visit Republicbank.com.
■ The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has honored six recipients of its 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards, designed to recognized the efforts and activities of individuals, businesses or organizations committed to protecting and improving Kentucky's environment. The awards and their recipients are: KY EXCEL Champion Award: Kentucky American Water, Lexington; Community Environmental Luminary Award: Bluegrass Greensource, Lexington; Resource Caretaker Award: University of Louisville, Louisville; Environmental Pacesetter Award for an Individual/Organization: Chris Tyler, Lexington; Environmental Pacesetter Award for a Small Business: Pull-A-Part, Louisville; Environmental Pacesetter Award for a Medium to Large Business: SCA Americas, Bowling Green.
■ Evergreen AES Environmental Services has received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council. The certification profess confirms that the business is at least 50 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. Louisville-based Evergreen AES has an office at 212 Normandy Court, Nicholasville.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo