Business briefs

Dec. 10, 2012 @ 06:11 PM

Green Business Challenge awards ceremony held

The Triangle J Council of Governments held an awards ceremony for the 2012 Triangle Green Business Challenge recently at the Research Triangle Foundation headquarters in the Research Triangle Park, according to a news release.

Twenty-one companies and organizations participated in the challenge. The competition, which began on Earth Day 2012, aims to help businesses improve the efficiency and sustainability of their day-to-day operations.

Achievement Awards were presented to IBM, Cary Creative Reuse Center, Ninth Street Bakery and the Self-Help Credit Union and Ventures Fund for having the most total points, according to the release.

The Momentum Awards, which recognize organizations with the greatest point gains from baseline to final, were given to Cary Creative Reuse Center, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Ninth Street Bakery and Gibbs & Soell.

Winners received free registration or re-certification to Green Plus, a sustainability education, networking and certification program.

The challenge was open to businesses, non-profit organizations, local governments and public agencies of any size from Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake Counties.

The Triangle J Council of Governments is a regional planning organization for a region that includes Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake counties.


GSK forms partnership with Vodafone

LONDON – GlaxoSmithKline announced Monday that it has formed a partnership with Vodafone with the aim of using mobile phone technology to help get more children vaccinated against infectious diseases in Africa.

The initial focus of the partnership will be a one-year pilot project in Mozambique supported by Save the Children, with the Mozambique Ministry of Health, according to a news release.

The project will involve registering mothers and other caregivers in a database, and alerting them using mobile technology about the importance of vaccinations, among other steps.


Company begins data center construction

DURHAM – Construction is under way on Texas-based Compass Datacenters’ data center project in the Research Triangle Park.

A building permit was issued Nov. 21 for the property at 99 T.W. Alexander Drive in Durham County where Compass Datacenters is planning to eventually build three data center buildings.

Rich Miller, a spokesman for Compass Datacenters, said in an email that completion of the first building is targeted for the second quarter.