Co-founder and CEO of RecycleBank, 32 year old Ron Gonen just got the 2009 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champion of the Earth award. One of only seven environmental leaders in the world, Ron Gonen has been honored at the Environment Summit (B4E) in Paris, today. On Earth Day.
Chosen for his experience as a recycling businessman (one of the best garbage moguls out there), Gonen is the man behind RecycleBank— a rewards company that motivates people to recycle. Using a proprietary technology that measures the amount of materials each home recycles, the company issues RecycleBank Points that can be used to shop at over 1,400 local and national businesses.
“At RecycleBank, we focus on providing every home in every neighborhood the opportunity to be rewarded for recycling and for doing their part to protect our environment. Being recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme as a ‘2009 Champion of the Earth’ demonstrates that an idea conceived in an apartment, when adopted by a great team of people, can be turned into a global movement,” said Gonen.
Available in 18 states (and expanding) and covering 125,000 households in the United States in over 35 municipalities, RecycleBank is one of those companies that are trying to make a buck and a difference at the same time.
Congratulations Ron Gonen! Congratulations RecycleBank!