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Environmental Awards Program

Last updated Feb. 10, 2016 - 11:35 am
Environmental Awards

The City of Raleigh annual Environmental Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that are good stewards of the environment in our community. Nominees/applicants must reside or operate within the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), or the utility service area.

The Environmental Awards are held around Earth Day each year. Mark your calendars for April 21, 2016 to attend this free, public event that celebrates the accomplishments of local environmental advocates. Please join us for this evening celebration at the Glenwood Club off of Women's Club Drive in Raleigh, NC.

The City of Raleigh Environmental Awards program, in partnership with the City of Oaks Foundation is completely funded by community sponsors.

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

2015 Environmental Awards winners

2015 Environmental Awards keynote address

2016 Environmental Award Nominations Open Now

Nominations for the 2016 City of Raleigh Environmental Awards are open now and will close on February 12, 2016; all applicants must apply online. In preparation for the nomination process, feel free to review this sample application form.

Apply Online

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

Award Categories

There are eight different Environmental Awards. 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.

Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award (RESA)
The RESA winner, an individual or organization, demonstrates environmental leadership while recognizing the interconnected relationship between the environmental, economic, and equitable aspects of human society.

Legacy
Recognizing an individual or organization for a lifelong or long-term contribution to environmental stewardship.

Youth
Recognizing young individuals, or groups working with young people, demonstrating environmental stewardship.

Individual
Recognizing a person contributing to environmental stewardship through volunteer, conservation, leadership, community-building or innovative efforts.

Business
Recognizing a business contributing to environmental stewardship through volunteer, conservation, leadership, community-building or innovative efforts.

Organization
Recognizing an organization contributing to environmental stewardship through volunteer, conservation, leadership, community-building or innovative efforts.

Built Environment
Recognizing green design implementation within new or existing buildings promoting a positive ecological footprint.

Regional
Recognizing environmental stewardship affecting the greater Raleigh area, such as air quality, streams and watersheds, land, waste or other regional issues.

Urban Agriculture
Implementation grants awarded to small, medium and large entities.

Deadline for submissions is February 12, 2016.

Stormwater Student PSA Contest

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

High School Student - PSA Competition
This award will recognize a 60-second video public service announcement created by a high school student that raises awareness of stormwater issues. (Sample application form)

Theme: Much of the pollution in our streams and lakes comes from chemicals and wastes carried by urban stormwater runoff, with no treatment. Also, both too much runoff from the ground and too little infiltration into the ground can harm streams. Adding pavements and buildings (impervious surfaces) dramatically increases amounts and rates of runoff, which increases flooding, erodes streams, increases sedimentation, and impairs habitats for desirable animals and plants. Impervious surfaces also decrease how much rainfall can soak into the ground, which causes local groundwater tables to drop and streams to dry up during droughts.

The submitted 60-second PSAs should have themes consistent with these statements:

  • Stormwater runoff is the main connection between humans’ activities and water bodies. Through stormwater runoff, what we do on the land affects our lakes and streams.
  • "Why treat the runoff when you can eliminate the runoff?" Boyd DeVane

Apply Online

Deadline for submissions is February 12, 2016.

Trashion Design Competition

New for 2016 is a Trashion Design Competition, encouraging 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). A team of SWS staff members will evaluate each entry and the top 10 will be asked to model their creations in the 2016 Environmental Awards Celebration to be held April 21, 2016 at the Glenwood Club in Raleigh. For questions about the competition, send email to sws@raleighnc.gov

Rules

  1. Fashions must be made from at least 75% 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.

Apply Online

Deadline for submissions is February 12, 2016.

Urban Agriculture Award Applications

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 the livability of the city. Acknowledging the challenges facing our food system, the Environmental Advisory Board seeks to promote the personal and societal benefits of urban agriculture. Research demonstrates that eating food grown locally, and participating in its cultivation, motivates people to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. Toward that end, a new category of Environmental Awards grants was established for 2015 to encourage the development of urban agricultural efforts in the city of Raleigh.

Eligible Applicants include: Community Gardens, Schools, Churches, Community Centers, Day Care Centers, Neighborhoods, Workplaces, Public Housing Sites, Apartment Sites, Senior Centers, Civic Groups, individuals and local businesses.

Funding for projects such as: fences, irrigation and/or water sources, garden structures, equipment, compost, seeds and soft costs.

Applicants and Projects:

  • Must ultimately improve access to healthy, affordable food
  • Be linked with existing community infrastructure, resources and/or groups of volunteers
  • Must have a plan in place for long-term success

Applicants who are awarded funds Must:

  • Attend the annual Environmental Awards Ceremony on April 21st
  • Welcome site visits by the Environmental Advisory Board members and/or staff
  • Submit a year-end report by November 1, 2016

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:

  • One (1) chairperson chosen from the membership of the City of Raleigh Environmental Advisory Board
  • The members of the Environmental Advisory Board
  • Four (4) jury representatives are selected from
    • Planning Commission
    • Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
    • Appearance Commission
    • Stormwater Management Advisory Commission
  • Additional jurors appointed as needed for artistic competitions

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 nominee/submission has improved the capacity for our ecosystems to provide us with resources.
  • Leadership - Discuss how the nominee/submission demonstrated vision, foresight, and persistence.
  • Sustainability Elements - Describe how the nominee/submission has improved social, economic, and ecological conditions.

Additional evaluation methods may be used for the PSA video submissions and the Trashion Design Competition.

Our Unique Awards

Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace of New Light Farm in Wake Forest, NC 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.

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 2016 celebration are available.

Gold Sponsor
Hazen and Sawyer
Irregardless Cafe

Silver Sponsor
Dewberry
SEPI Engineering & Construction
WRAL

Friend of the Program
Rosemary & Smedes York

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