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CHICAGO -- Convenience Store News and BP plc were honored this week by American Business Media's (ABM) William D. Littleford Awards for Corporate Community Service. The annual awards program recognizes outstanding community-service efforts by companies, organizations or individuals, as covered in ABM-member news outlets and nominated by editors and publishers of association members.
At an awards luncheon Thursday, during ABM’s Top Management Meeting at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago, CSNews and BP were named third runners-up, each receiving an engraved silver Tiffany cup. BP also received a $500 check.
BP’s nomination was based on the cover story of CSNews’ Feb. 4 issue, "Get Green," written by senior editor Linda Lisanti. The story highlighted BP’s corporate efforts around environmental education and sustainability, particularly Helios House, the first LEED-certified gas station in the U.S. This innovative Los Angeles facility is not only loaded with energy-saving and environmentally-friendly features, but is also used as a "living laboratory" where BP employees educate consumers about making greener choices.
"Often in our industry, Big Oil gets a bad rap. So, we were delighted to be able to nominate BP for this community service award," Lisanti said upon accepting the award. "As their slogan says, BP strives to make things ‘a little better’ for their customers. And this amazing facility, Helios House, is just further proof of their commitment.’"
Helios House site director Nicole Dotts accepted the award on behalf of BP. Although the station is nearing two years old, she said it is still attracting a lot of attention, and it isn’t uncommon for groups of students or overseas visitors to come by the busloads.
BP’s Green Team, who Dotts called "the heart and soul" of the educational piece, starts a dialogue with each and every person that steps onto the site. "People will come to see the architectural piece, but then they learn another layer," she said, adding Helios House is not only about educating consumers, but also BP’s jobbers and dealers, vendor partners, local businesses and community leaders, and more.
This is the second consecutive year CSNews has been a finalist in the Littleford Awards. Last year, CSNews and Sheetz Inc. were named second runners-up.