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Title:2014 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: Sweet Beginnings, LLC
Subject(s):Personal care products manufacturing -- Environmental aspects -- Illinois -- Case studies
Personal care products manufacturing -- Pollution prevention -- Illinois -- Case studies
Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards
Geographic Coverage:Chicago, IL
Abstract:The work of Sweet Beginnings, LLC embodies the triple-bottom-line of sustainability: People, Planet and Prosperity. The social enterprise, launched in 2004 by the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN), produces a line of all-natural honey and honey-infused body care products under the brand name beelove. All employees are graduates of NLEN’s “U-Turn Permitted” program, a job training and preparedness program for formerly incarcerated individuals. Since 2004, the program has graduated 383 people. In May 2011, Sweet Beginnings, LLC and the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) began a unique partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the Chicago Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) to install and maintain an apiary (beehives) on O’Hare International Airport property.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Series/Report:TN Series (Illinois Sustainable Technology Center) ; TN15-123
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-01-25

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