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Environmental Awards Program

Last Modified: February 24, 2014
Environmental Awards

The City of Raleigh established the Environmental Awards to recognize the outstanding work in environmental stewardship. The program recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment in our community. The 2014 program will mark the seventh annual event.

2014 Environmental Awards Celebration

Tom Earnhardt

The 2014 City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Celebration will be held Tuesday, April 22 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., including a public reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tom Earnhardt, host of the UNC-TV series Exploring Carolina which highlights natural resources of North Carolina and the Southeast, is this year’s guest speaker. Earnhardt is also an author, photographer, naturalist, and recipient of numerous awards for his work with natural resources. He has served on the boards of major conservation organizations, including The Nature Conservancy (state), Trout Unlimited (national), North Carolina Wildlife Federation (state), Audubon North Carolina, and the Friends of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (President 2009-2011). He currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Earnhardt recently completed a natural history of North Carolina for the University of North Carolina Press (released in April, 2013) titled, Crossroads of the Natural World.

The annual City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Celebration awards program is completely funded by community sponsors.

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

Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2014 Environmental Awards Program are now closed. Please join us at 6 p.m. April 22 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to celebrate the winners, and check back next fall for 2015 award nominations.

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

Award Categories

There are twelve different Environmental Awards. The award winners will be selected based upon quantifiable results that positively affect the environment.

Overall Award

  • Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award (RESA)
    The winner of RESA will be either an individual or organization that has shown environmental leadership and recognizes the relationship and continuity of the environment, economics, and equity or social justice aspects of human society.

Additional Award Categories

  • Environmental Awareness Award (Leadership or Teaching)
    The recipient of this award will have demonstrated leadership or teaching others about the environment.
  • Green Building Design Award - Residential and Non-Residential
    The recipient (s) of this award will have demonstrated green design concepts and a positive ecological footprint within new or existing buildings. Examples may include stormwater, recycling, sedimentation and erosion controls, construction debris reuse, and energy innovation.
  • Institutional Innovation Award
    This award will recognize a government entity that has been innovative in any area of environmental stewardship.
  • Legacy Award
    The recipient of this award will be recognized for a lifelong contribution to the environment by a person or a long-term commitment by an organization.
  • Market Transformation Award
    The recipient of this award manufactures, retails, or markets transformative products, services, or technology which promotes positive change for the environment and health.
  • Natural Resource Conservation Award
    The recipient of this award will be recognized for natural resource conservation that may include water, land, air quality, habitat/biodiversity or waste reduction.
  • Pioneering Efforts Award
    The recipient of this award will be recognized for pioneering efforts in any environmental area.
  • Regional Award
    The recipient of this award will have demonstrated environmental stewardship for the region, such as air quality, streams and watersheds, or other regional issues.
  • Urban Stewardship Award
    This award will recognize a volunteer individual or organization engaged in community building or conservation.
  • Native Landscaping Award
    This award will recognize individuals or businesses that utilize drought tolerant and native plants in their landscaping. The best residential and non-residential landscape will each receive an award.

Student / Emerging Professional Awards

These award categories recognize students in multiple education levels. Each student winner receives a monetary award.

Youth Award ($500)
This award will recognize a student that has demonstrated environmental stewardship. The youth award may be given to more than one person or group.

Emerging Young Professional (High School Student) - PSA Competition
This award will recognize a high school student video raising awareness of stormwater issues.

  • Videos should be created by local area high school students. There is additional submission criteria required for this award.

Emerging Professional (College/University or Technical School)- PSA Competition
This award will recognize video public service announcements created on the following themes: (select one)

  1. Fix-A-Leak/Running Toilets - The main reason customers experience high water bills is water leaks, specifically toilet flappers left open or in disrepair causing water to run.
  2. Value of Water - Cost of an ‘essential service' compared to other ‘luxury' type services, i.e. monthly cable or cell phone bill, or cost of retail cup of coffee, etc.
  3. Fat Free & Flushable-wipe Free Sewers - keeping fats, oils, grease, and items advertised as 'flushable' out of our sewer system.
  • Videos should be created by local area college, university, and technical school students. There is additional submission criteria required for this award.

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:

  • Ten (10) person jury, selected by the Raleigh City Council
  • One (1) chairperson chosen from the membership of and nominated by the City of Raleigh Environmental Advisory Board
  • Five (5) jury representatives are selected from
    • Planning Commission
    • Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
    • Appearance Commission
    • Stormwater Management Advisory Commission
    • Water Utility Transition Advisory Committee or Water Conservation Advisory Council.
  • Two (2) representatives of the professional scientific community
  • Two (2) at-large members from the community
  • Members of the jury will be residents of the City of Raleigh and will rotate annually

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 to select PSA video submissions.

Our Unique Awards

Awards

Bill Wallace 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, Sustainability Analyst and producer of the Environmental Awards event. 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 is made possible through the generous donations from local businesses that share the vision of environmental stewardship for the Raleigh community.

The celebration features excellent local eateries, brewers, and confectioners. These donations, both monetary and in-kind, make it possible to offer this event at no cost to attendees. Listed below are the current sponsors for the 2014 Environmental Awards Celebration.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 celebration are still available.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Certified Friend of the Program

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