Novo Nordisk, Schwarzenegger and Nobel Sustainability Trust celebrate sustainable solution

11 October 2012: Copenhagen, Denmark: Today, Novo Nordisk joins Sustainia partners when former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will announce the winner of the first Sustainia Award in front of an audience of more than 1,000 people at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen.

The award is a new global sustainability initiative honouring sustainable, innovative solutions and ideas. Backing the award is Sustainia, an international alliance of organizations and companies including the Nobel Sustainability Trust, the United Nations Global Compact, DONG Energy, DNV, Realdania and Novo Nordisk. As a founding partner, Novo Nordisk serves on Sustainia’s Board of Directors.

Joining Schwarzenegger on the stage tonight is former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland and EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, members of the committee behind the Sustainia Award. Brundtland and Hedegaard represent extensive experience and significant impact on the global sustainability agenda.

“The Sustainia Award reinforces and demonstrates a shared vision for a healthy and resilient planet with healthy and resilient people. It shows that as citizens, businesses, governments and global organisations, we can each make active contributions to a healthier, more sustainable future,” says Lise Kingo, executive vice president, Novo Nordisk.

Executive Director for Sustainia, Laura Storm, acknowledges the contribution from Novo Nordisk to the Sustainia alliance.

“It’s an honour to have Novo Nordisk involved in Sustainia as one of our key partners. It is essential to the quality of Sustainia’s work that we collaborate with global frontrunners willing to share their R&D and know how to develop clear cases and arguments for sustainability. We want to work with the organizations and companies that represent the potential for real committed change. These companies possess knowledge that will inspire other companies to do more,” says Laura Storm.

New Sustainia Sector Guide - Building

Early this week, Sustainia released a sector guide at the 2012 Building Green Expo in Copenhagen detailing the benefits of sustainable construction and renovation. The sector guide is built on seven specific and well-documented benefits of sustainable construction, including increased productivity, improved health, growth, energy savings, converted waste into resources, community improvement and  a better return on investment than traditional construction.
The sector guide is focuses on four specific audiences: Building owners, investors, planners and policy makers. The guide is available for download at: www.sustainia.me or Sustainia’s facebook page: facebook.com/Sustainia.

What is Sustaina?

Sustainia is a global alliance of international partners that work to raise awareness of the desirable societies we could live in if ready and available solutions were implemented at large scale. This is primarily done in various publications, events and the annual work to identify and honour 100 ready and available sustainable solutions. Developed by world-leading companies, organizations and experts in close collaboration with UN Global Compact and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initiative Regions20, Sustainia is the first holistic introduction to the attractive sustainable future.