The first annual Sustainability Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and other environmental organizations, were presented to 11 local companies and agencies last week in a ceremony at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Among those honored were:

_ The Philadelphia Police Forensic Science Center, for having one of the first green buildings in the city; Jackie O'Neil Zero Energy Prototype Homes for building a home that generates more energy than it uses; Liberty Property Trust for building the tallest green building in the country, the Comcast Tower; RecycleBank for its innovative recycling program that offers "credits" for recycling that can be used at Starbucks and other places.

_ Re: Vision Architecture for its "green" building work locally and throughout the country; Engineering & Design Institute at Philadelphia University for its work promoting green building; Upper Dublin Township for its attempt to move the entire Montgomery County municipality toward sustainability; the Food Trust for its promotion of sustainable farming.

_ Judy Wicks, owner of the White Dog Cafe, won for her promotion of the use of locally grown agriculture, and PhillyCarShare for its efforts to reduce pollution from cars. *