Charlottesville, Virginia � Seven pitch-style presentations were heard by a standing-room only crowd of over 60 people Darden�s i.lab �pitch room� at the Batten Institute on Thursday, January 23rd.� The crowd voted on the most innovative sustainability solutions ranging from mapping the City�s flow of resources, a human-safe edible natural home cleaning product, wide-scale composting, and a bio-composite building material called �hempcrete.� Overall Winner (Judge�s Selection): Creating a sustainable future with bio-composite building material, Boston Architectural College, Joni Lane �Most Feasbile� Winner (Judge�s Selection): Tackling organic waste in the public school system, Charlottesville High School Senior, Anna Perry People�s Choice (Crowd Vote): Tackling organic waste in the public school system, Charlottesville High School Senior, Anna Perry Overall winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from Philippe Sommer, former venture capitalist and Director of Darden�s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and i.Lab at U.Va., operated by the Batten Institute. Special commendations to the Better Business Challenge program and Challenge businesses who are switching to more efficient or sustainable operations were given by Albemarle County Board of Supervisor Chair Jane Dittmar and City Councilor Kathy Galvin. The Challenge is an initiative led by Better World Betty and LEAP. Key partners include the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Darden School of Business. Sponsors include the UVA Community Credit Union, Colonial Webb, Cree Lighting, Republic Services, Black Bear Composting, Rideshare, Whole Foods and Harvest Moon Catering.
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