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Environmental Awards Program

Last updated Oct. 21, 2017 - 2:44 am
Environmental Awards

The 2018 Environmental Awards will be celebrated on March 22, 2018 at the old City Market at 214 Martin Street in Downtown Raleigh. The Annual Environmental Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that are good stewards of the environment in our community.

The online application will open on Nov. 13, 2017 and close on Jan. 26, 2018.

The 10th Environmental Awards Celebration was held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Fletcher Theater. View the 2017 Environmental Award Winners!

The City of Raleigh Environmental Awards program, in partnership with the City of Oaks Foundation, is made possible through generous donations from local businesses that share the vision of environmental stewardship for the Raleigh community. These donations, both monetary and in-kind, make it possible to offer this event at no cost to attendees.

For more information, please call the City of Raleigh at 919-996-3070.

2016 Environmental Awards winners

2018 Environmental Award Applications Opening Soon!

The online application for the 2018 Environmental Awards program will open on Nov. 13, 2017.

The online link will available here on the Nov. 13. You may also want to review the sample application form prior to submitting an application for the 2018 program.

For more information, please call the City of Raleigh at 919-996-3070.

Award Categories

The Environmental Award categories are:

  • RESA(Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award);
  • Air/Air Quality;
  • Energy/Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency;
  • Land/Land Conservation/Land Preservation;
  • Waste/Recycling/Composting;
  • Water/Wastewater/Stormwater; and,
  • an Urban Agriculture grant.

In addition, there is a stormwater arts competition for high school students and a "Trashion Competition" for residents age 14 and up.

The award winners will be selected based upon quantifiable results that positively affect the environment. Nominees/applicants must reside or operate within the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), or the utility service area.

Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest

This award category recognizes students in high school education levels. Each student winner/team receives a monetary award. Students must attend school within the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), or the utility service area.

Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest – Open to High School Students
Capture the importance of stormwater through art and film. Submit a 60-second video, create a drawing/painting to be placed on a rain barrel, or create a drawing/painting to be used as a stencil for a storm drain cover that will bring more awareness to the community about the need to improve the water quality of Raleigh's streams and lakes

Trashion Design Competition

The 2018 Trashion Design Competition encourages individuals ages 14 and older to repurpose materials destined for the landfill into a fashion statement. Nominees/applicants must reside or operate within the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), or the utility service area.

The Trashion Design Competition will provide an opportunity to showcase unique and recycled inspired garments created from items that would otherwise be tossed in the trash. It also recognizes outstanding college and high school students in the field of clothing and textiles. Ideas and creations submitted for entry must be the original work of the submitting entrant(s).

Rules:

  1. Fashions must be made from at least 75 percent recyclable or reused materials that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled. These fashions can include, but are not limited to, recycled fabrics, plastics, paper cartons, cardboard, paper bags and newspapers.
  2. Contest pieces must be durable enough for wear throughout the contest.

Urban Agriculture Awards

The presence of agriculture in the urban environment positively affects the natural environment, the local economy, social relations and household economic behavior, all of which contribute to livability in Raleigh.

There are two types of grants that the city provides to promote urban agriculture in Raleigh.

The Environmental Advisory Board seeks to promote the personal and societal benefits of urban agriculture through an Urban Agriculture Grant that is for a community garden or urban agriculture project that benefits a community in Raleigh.

The Housing and Neighborhoods Department provides Neighborhood Improvement Funds to encourage and enhance neighborhoods. There are two levels of these grants which range in amount from $250 up to $1,000 and they may be used for pollinator habitat, community gardens, urban agriculture and tree planiting.

Sponsors

The City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Program, in partnership with the City of Oaks Foundation, is made possible through the generous donations from local businesses that share the vision of environmental stewardship for the Raleigh community. These donations, both monetary and in-kind, make it possible to offer this event at no cost to attendees. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 program are now available, please contact the City of Oaks Foundation.

2017 Sponsors

  • Sepi Engineering
  • Hazen & Sawyer
  • WRAL
  • BCBSNC
  • City of Oaks Foundation
  • US Foods
  • AECOM
  • Duncklee & Dunham
  • OBS Landscape Architects
  • WasteZero
  • Law Offices of F. Bryan Brice, Jr
  • HDR Inc.
  • Sonoco Recycling
  • S & ME
  • Dewberry Engineering
  • Morningstar Law Group
  • Trophy Brewing
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
  • City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division
  • City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department

Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum ($2,500)

  • Logo in all printed materials
  • Promotion in email newsletters, website, Raleigh Television Network
  • Named award for 2017, option to present at event

Gold ($1,000)

  • Logo in all printed materials
  • Promotion in email newsletters, website, Raleigh Television Network

Silver ($500)

  • Name in all printed materials
  • Promotion in email newsletters, website

Friend of the Program (less than $500)

  • Name in the event program and on website

Eligibility and Selection Committee

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must either be residents of or operate within the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), or the utility service area.
  • Elected officials are not eligible while they are serving in public office.

Selection Committee:

  • The members of the Environmental Advisory Board along with additional jurors with specific areas of expertise will select the winners for these awards.

Selection Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated based on the specific criteria and weighting formulas. Projects will be evaluated as much as possible on the quantifiable results that positively affect the environment.

  • Effectiveness - List the goals and measures of success.
  • Innovation, Creativity and Originality - Discuss the methods, strategies, and innovative ideas.
  • Environmental Stewardship - Describe measurable increases in ecological resiliency or how the applicant has improved the capacity for our ecosystems to provide us with resources.
  • Leadership - Discuss how the applicant has demonstrated vision, foresight, and persistence.
  • Sustainability Elements - Describe how the applicant has improved social, economic, and ecological conditions.

Our Unique Awards

Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace of New Light Farm in Wake Forest, handcrafts the stunning awards presented annually at the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards program.

"The plan was always to use a natural product, something wooden," says Cindy Holmes, assistant sustainability manager and event producer.

The first time she saw Wallace's work she knew she had found the perfect person to create the prized items. The awards event recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment.

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