Press & Awards
GVI has received many notable awards and much of the work that we do is covered by local and national media outlets. Here we share some of the exciting awards we have received and stories that have been published.
Acknowledgement of Promotion of
State of Connecticut
BuildOn Community Partner
of the Year Award 2014
GVI was recently interviewed by one of CT's realty groups, Connecticut For Sale. Check out the story they posted on their website and hear what Executive Director Cristina Sandolo and Farm and Youth Manager Ellie Angerame have to say.
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For seventy years the eighteen-acre Wakeman Farm was a busy farm and produce stand, where summering celebrities and local families flocked to stock up on sweet corn, ripe tomatoes, fresh eggs and gossip. But farming life is hard, and Ike Wakeman, getting on in years, eventually sold the bulk of his family’s property to the town. Ike’s cornfields became ball fields. By 1970 the estate was just a 2.2-acre parcel and the original farmhouse, which the town also purchased and let languish....
In September 2008, Westport became the first town in Connecticut to ban plastic shopping bags. Today, residents say, not only has the ban been successful but it has inspired a broader environmental awareness....
Residents also credit the bag ban with making Westport residents greener in many different ways. Dan Levinson, founder of the Westport Green Village Initiative, a nonprofit group that started an organic garden at a local high school ....
New York Times
Dan Levinson is the leader and financial benefactor of Green Village Initiative (GVI), which he funds through his private equity firm, Main Street Resources. He co-founded the organization in 2008 to provide funding and support to individuals and organizations passionate about creating local environmental and community change in Fairfield County. It’s an ever expanding work in progress, but by all accounts he is succeeding in that mission and the results are impressive....