Michael Brown, 2017 Environmental Achievement Award Winner

2017 Environmental Achievement Award (posthumous)

Michael Brown of Jamestown, R.I.

Founder and former president of Packaging 2.0

Michael Brown, shown here in a boat on local Rhode Island waters, was posthumously awarded the 2016 Environmental Achievement Award.
Michael Brown of Jamestown was posthumously awarded the 2017 Environmental Achievement Award for his tireless work uniting the worlds of packaging and manufacturing with the world of recycling and sustainability.

Michael Brown, who passed away in March, founded the environmentally responsible company, Packaging 2.0 Inc., in 2002 to bridge the worlds of plastics package design and manufacture, and reuse, recycling and sustainability.

Mission 2.Ocean is his company’s environmental initiative to help fund local and global programs that seek to reduce levels of plastic pollution in the world’s waters and on its shores. With more than 20 years of experience in the plastic packaging industry, Brown’s goal in forming Packaging 2.0 was to raise levels of awareness about plastic packing pollution, increase recycling rates, and connect activists, educators and scientists to the plastics industry and end users.

In nominating Brown, Aidan and Kate Petrie and Victoria Valentine said that Brown “aligned his packaging business with a deep sense of accountability for how we treat our planet and its stewardship, and with his passion for the ocean, sailing and boating.” Brown was a long-time Save The Bay advocate and supporter, an active conservationist in Jamestown and led many beach cleanups before losing his battle with cancer.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.