Environmental Awards Program
The City of Raleigh Annual Environmental Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that are good stewards of the environment in our community. The 10th Annual Enviromental Awards Celebration will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Fletcher Theater in downtown Raleigh.
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.
2017 Environmental Award Applications Now Open!
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 2017 program are now available, please contact the City of Oaks Foundation.
The 2016 sponsors are listed below.
City of Oaks Foundation
Brown & Caldwell
Hazen and Sawyer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Duncklee & Dunham
SEPI Engineering & Construction
Yes Solar Solutions
Friend of the Program
Law Offices of F. Bryan Brice, Jr.
Morningstar Law Group
obs landscape architects
Rosemary & Smedes York
Trophy Brewing Co.
Waters Edge Environmental
There are nine 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.
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.
Recognizing an individual or organization for a lifelong or long-term contribution to environmental stewardship.
Recognizing young individuals, or groups working with young people, demonstrating environmental stewardship.
Recognizing a person contributing to environmental stewardship through volunteer, conservation, leadership, community-building or innovative efforts.
Recognizing a business contributing to environmental stewardship through volunteer, conservation, leadership, community-building or innovative efforts.
Recognizing an organization contributing to environmental stewardship through volunteer, conservation, leadership, community-building or innovative efforts.
Recognizing green design implementation within new or adaptive reuse of buildings promoting a positive ecological footprint.
Recognizing an individual or organization that has demonstrated leadership through educating others about the environment.
Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2017.
Streams & Stormwater Video Competition
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.
High School Student - Streams & Stormwater Video Competition
This award will recognize a 60-second video created by a high school student that raises awareness of stormwater issues and how to prevent everyday activities on land from affecting the ecosystem and polluting our streams, lakes and water.
Registration opens November 18, 2016 for the 2017 video competition.
Videos must be received by February 14, 2017.
Trashion Design Competition
The 2017 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). A team of SWS staff members will evaluate each entry and the top 10 will be asked to model their creations in the 2017 Environmental Awards Celebration to be held April 25, 2017 at Fletcher Theater in Raleigh. For questions about the competition, send email to email@example.com
- 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.
- Contest pieces must be durable enough for wear throughout the contest.
Submissions for the 2017 competition closed February 14.
Urban Agriculture "Mini-Grant" 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 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. New for 2017 is the expansion of the urban agriculture category to include pollinator habitat and support.
Eligible Applicants include: 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: pollinator habitat and support, fences, irrigation and/or water sources, garden structures, equipment, compost, seeds and soft costs.
Applicants who are awarded funds MUST:
- Attend the Annual Environmental Awards Ceremony on April 25th
- Welcome site visits by the Environmental Advisory Board members and/or staff
- Submit a year-end report by September 1, 2017
Submissions for the 2017 Awards close on February 14.
Eligibility and Selection Committee
- 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.
- 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
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 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.