recently announced its 2009 Sustainable Business 20 (SB20) List: The World’s Top Sustainable Stocks.  The 8th Annual SB20 List consists of 20 public companies that are leading the way to a sustainable economy. The list is presented in the Progressive Investor newsletter, published by, which tracks and analyzes green stocks.

To choose the 20 companies, works with a group of judges, who are among the most respected green stock analysts in the world.  Judges select companies across the range of green business sectors – solar, wind, geothermal, smart grid, water, food, agriculture, green building and transport.  In addition, over a third of the companies populating this year’s SB20 List are “Corporate Pioneers” – companies with conventional products and services that are greening their product lines.

Every company on the 2009 SB20 List has continued to grow their business during the recession, dominating their particular industry niche. Corporate pioneers have continued innovating on the green side despite the recession, an aspect which is increasingly viewed as a sign of management excellence and stronger financial performance.

The 2009 SB20 List

Company Name                            Ticker                                        Sector                         Country

First Solar                                       Nasdaq: FSLR                         Solar                             USA
Vestas                                              VWS.CO; VWDRY.PK           Wind                             Denmark
Gamesa                                            GAM.MC; GCTAF.PK           Wind                              Spain
Ormat                                               NYSE: ORA                             Geothermal                USA/Israel
WaterFurnace                              WFI.TO; WFIFF.PK              Geothermal                USA
Renewable Energy
Telvent Git, SA.                            Nasdaq: TLVT                       Smart Grid                  Spain
Novozymes                                    NZYM.CO; NVZMY.PK     Industrial/Ethanol  Denmark
Westport Innovations              Nasdaq: WPRT;                     Transport                    Canada
Pure Technologies                     PUR.V                                        Water                            Canada
Chipotle Mexican Grill            NYSE: CMG                             Corporate Pioneer/  USA
Naturex SA                                  NRX.PA                                     Food                               France
United Natural                          Nasdaq: UNFI                         Food                                USA
Plant Health Care                     PHC.L; PLHCF.PK                 Agriculture                    UK
Bendigo and                               BEN.ASX                                   Corporate Pioneer/    Australia
Adelaide Bank                                                                                Finance
Novo Nordisk                           NYSE: NVO                             Corporate Pioneer/      Denmark
Google                                          Nasdaq: GOOG                       Corporate Pioneer/      USA
IBM                                               NYSE: IBM                              Corporate Pioneer/      USA
Herman Miller                          Nasdaq: MLHR                      Corporate Pioneer/      USA
Green Building
Philips                                          NYSE: PHG                             Corporate Pioneer/       Netherlands
Green Building
Timberland                                NYSE: TBL                              Corporate Pioneer/       USA

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Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.