The Bayshore Family of Cs., Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, has been named the Environmental Sustainability and Energy Conservation Award Winner in the Distinguished Leadership Award category at the 2019 Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration. Valerie and Frank Montecalvo, owners of the Bayshore Family of Cos., were presented with the award.
The celebration took place on June 10 at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, with more than 500 people in attendance. The Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration honors individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the mission of shore protection and beach replenishment. The other Distinguished Leadership honorees include New Jersey Sen. Joseph Kyrillos and his wife Susan Kyrillos, PNC Bank and Weeks Marine Inc.
“It is such an honor for me to present this award to Valerie and Frank—longstanding friends who have contributed their time and resources tirelessly for decades to so many important causes beyond their most impressive work at Bayshore,” says New Jersey Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, who presented the award. “Bayshore’s diverse and extensive recycling companies define environmental sustainability, and their commitment to energy conservation through the use of renewable energy sources is a model for others to follow.”
“The recent passing of Jersey Shore Partnership founder and former chairman, New Jersey Sen. Tom Gagliano, makes us all stop and reflect on his vision for coastal protection in his 27 years of devotion to this cause,” Valerie Montecalvo said when receiving the award. “The 127 miles of sandy beaches which make up our Jersey Shore represent a priceless state and national treasure which drives New Jersey’s $43-billion annual tourism economy. Frank and I are deeply honored, along with our entire Bayshore team, for being recognized for our life’s work to advance sustainable materials management through recycling while seeking to operate 100 percent green businesses powered 100 percent by renewable energy.”
Bayshore has previously received notable honors, including the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, a NJ Future Award for Innovative Industrial Sustainability, and EarthShare New Jersey’s Environmental Leadership Award. Valerie and Frank have also been inducted into the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) Hall of Fame, and Bayshore was named “2007 National Recycling Facility of the Year” from this same organization.
Additionally, the Montecalvo’s are champions of many major charities as well as numerous area hospitals, athletic teams, schools, clubs, art centers and veterans' organizations.