published on October 11, 2017 - 2:04 PM
Written by Donald A. Promnitz
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Businesses and individuals across the country and the world were recognized for their contributions to the environment last week in Clovis.
 
The International Green Industry Hall of Fame (IGIHOF) inducted seven nominees at its 7th annual conference and induction ceremony, which was held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Saturday. This is the second year for the event in Clovis so far.
 
“You know, we’ve been doing this for seven years now and we’ve moved the ceremony from city to city,” said Sam Geil, the head of IGIHOF. “So we’ve been in Fresno and we’ve been in Merced — that was our first year. We’ve been in Stockton, we’ve been in Santa Barbara, we’ve been in San Jose, and now we’ve been in Clovis.”
 
The ceremony included speeches from climate change expert Michael E. Mann and inductee Tom Bowman of Bowman Change, Inc. in Irvine, who thanked those being honored for their work.
 
“The truth is that the contributions you are making probably have a larger social influence than any of us can see today,” Bowman said. “Because social scientists will tell you that people work on a problem and work and they don’t see much change. All of a sudden, society changes to a new state. They call it the ‘S-curve’ and that’s what we’re working on here.”
 
One of those inducted was Israeli irrigation company Netafim. A pioneer in drip irrigation, the company has done extensive work in the Valley. The award was accepted by Naty Barak, the chief sustainability officer.
 
“Grow more with less, that’s what we are doing,” Barak said. “We’re helping farmers all over the world and the Central Valley around here to grow more with less.”
 
The inductees for this year include Bernardo Herzer, founder of LEHR, which specializes in green energy solutions for commercial products; Plastic Pollution Coalition, Admiral Len Hering, Michael E. Mann, EV West, Netafim and Precious Plastic.


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