Forsite Development’s ReVenture Park was named Business Conservationist of the Year by the N.C. Wildlife Federation. ReVenture and other winners of the 53rd Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards will be recognized at a banquet in Cary in September.

Founder Tom McKittrick opened Charlotte’s first “eco-industrial park” on a 667-acre site that once was home to a textile dye manufacturer and later declared a Superfund site. Read “Can worms and compost pay off for westside developer?” Judges said the “innovative” park along the Catawba River is a “hub for renewable energy, recycling and wildlife habitat restoration. The ReVenture Park includes vast wildlife meadows, riparian buffers, a conservation easement protecting land, prescribed burns for management and public use of nature trails.