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Environmental Awards Program

Last updated Dec. 10, 2018 - 11:18 am
Environmental Awards

Please join the City of Raleigh for the 12th Annual Environmental Awards, recognizing the individuals and organizations that are good stewards of our environment. 

This celebration is free and open to the public, and doesn’t require prior registration. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. April 4, and the awards program begins at 6:30 p.m.

A reception will follow, so guests may meet award winners and learn more about the City’s projects.

Raleigh Environmental Awards 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Market Hall at the Historic City Market

215 Wolfe Street

Raleigh, NC 27601


2017 Environmental Award Winners

2016 Environmental Awards Winners

2019 Environmental Awards Online Application

The online application for the 2019 Environmental Awards program is open! Use the link to apply or nominate a project or person. The application closes on Feb. 1, 2019!

You may want to review the application and the guidelines prior to beginning your application for the 2019 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)

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.

Air/Air Quality

The recipient of this award will be recognized for natural resource conservation that may include the protection of air and air quality.

Energy/Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

The recipient of this award will have demonstrated leadership in energy, renewable energy and/or energy efficiency programs that have a positive impact on the energy footprint. This may also include energy innovation projects.

Land/Land Conservation/Land Preservation

The recipient of this award will be recognized for land stewardship that may include natural resource conservation, land preservation and the use of drought tolerant plants or native landscaping.

Waste/Recycling/Composting

The recipient of this award will be recognized for natural resource conservation that may include waste reduction efforts through recycling, composting and waste avoidance.

Water Quality

The recipient of this award will be recognized for stewardship of water resources that may include water conservation, wastewater reuse and stormwater management.

Urban Agriculture Award

One award will be given to a community garden or urban agriculture project that benefits a community in Raleigh. This award may be given as an implementation grant to a project that is under development, which will include a year end report and site visit.

Urban Stewardship

The recipient of this award will be recognized as a volunteer, individual or organization engaged in community building or conservation.

In addition, there is a "Capture it!" Stormwater Arts Competition for 8th grade students through high school, a "Trashion" Competition from Solid Waste Services for residents ages 14 and up and a Refill Raleigh design competition for middle and high school students.

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 8th through 12th grade. 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 students in 8th through 12th grade
Capture the importance of stormwater runoff through art and film. Submit a 60-second video or a drawing/painting to be placed on a rain barrel or storm drain cover. Artwork should bring more awareness to the positive impacts the community can have on the environment by keeping Raleigh’s streams and lakes clean.

Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest

Trashion Design Competition

The purpose of the Trashion Design Competition is to change how we think about waste through the creation of unique garments and accessories constructed from items that would otherwise be tossed in the trash.

Eligibility Requirements

This contest is open to residents of Raleigh and its utility service areas, ages 14 and up. The service areas include: Garner, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. Applicants must complete an online entry form that includes a written description of the creation, along with photographs or a video. Videos submitted must tell the story behind the work and be no more than two minutes long.

Guidelines:

  1. Garment or accessory must be made from at least 75 percent reused materials. Examples include, but are not limited to, bottle caps, cardboard, newspaper, paper cups, paper cartons, plastic bags, and recycled fabrics.
  2. Contest pieces must be durable enough for wear throughout the awards celebration. 

Judging:

Categories for High School (ages 14 - 18); College (17 and up, enrolled in a two- or four-year institution); and Adult (18 and up, not a full-time student). Categories will be judged separately. Up to three prizes will be awarded in each category. Entries will be judged on originality, functionality, and quality of construction.

Ideas and creations submitted for entry must be the original work of the submitting entrant(s). The Environmental Advisory Board will evaluate each entry and the top nominees will be asked to model their creations in the Environmental Awards celebration in March.

Solid Waste Services Department

Refill Raleigh

Refill Raleigh is a public information and awareness campaign designed to encourage people to use refillable water bottles. The project will use simple window decals to alert residents of locations where they may refill their water bottles while using on-site facilities. The goals of Refill Raleigh are to reduce waste from single use plastic water bottles and encourage residents to utilize our municipal water supply.

The City of Raleigh will sponsor a “Refill Raleigh Contest” an opportunity for middle and high school students to capture the importance of access to clean water and the use of refillable water bottles.

Winners in each competition will receive a $500 prize and will be recognized at the 2019 Environmental Awards.

Refill Raleigh Decal Design: Grade 9 - Grade 12

Refill Raleigh Poster Design: Grade 6 - Grade 8

Refill Raleigh Decal Design Guidelines
(Grade 9 – Grade 12)

The decal should inform viewers that the designated location is participating in the Refill Raleigh program. The decal should convey the importance of using refillable water bottles.

Design Guidelines:

Design concept must be original. Inappropriate content will be disqualified (including the use of identifiable brands). Design must integrate the phrase Refill Raleigh

A successful design concept will have a simple and clear message and will make good use of shape and color.

Submissions will be judged on how well the design concept conveys the goals of the Refill Raleigh program, not the quality of the art. Submissions will be accepted as a scanned/photographed hand-drawn images or computer-generated files (pdf or jpeg).

The winning submission will receive a $500 prize and a professional design treatment by the City of Raleigh Design Team, which will be used to highlight Refill Raleigh stations throughout the city!

The completed design will be unveiled at the 2019 Environmental Awards.

Refill Raleigh Poster Design Guidelines
(Grade 6 – Grade 8)

The poster should inform the public of the importance of reusable water bottles.

Poster Guidelines: Artwork and design must be original. Inappropriate content will be disqualified (including use of identifiable brands). Accepted Size: 11 inches by 17 inches, please leave bottom two inches of the poster blank. Poster must include the phrase: Refill Raleigh.

A successful poster:

• Will promote the Refill Raleigh program

• Will discuss the environmental impacts of single-use plastic water bottles

Images will be accepted in the following formats: PDF (resolution: 300dpi minimum), JPEG (resolution: 300ppi minimum)

The winning poster will be used as part of the City’s outreach and education program and could be displayed throughout the City, on the internet and social media.

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 three types of awards that the city provides which may be used 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 Award that is for a community garden or urban agriculture project that benefits a community in Raleigh. One award will be given as part of the 2019 Environmental Awards program.

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 planting.

The Housing and Neighborhoods Department also awards Community Enhancement Grants to nonprofit and faith-based organizations to build human capacity within blighted or low- and moderate-income areas. This grant cycle begins in November and is awarded through a formal RFP process. Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture projects that build human capacity are eligible to apply. Please contact George Adler for more information about this process.

Sponsors

The City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Program has been sponsored in the past by the generous donors below. If you are interested in making a contibution towards the 2019 Environmental Awards, please contact Nicole Goddard at 919-996-4259.

2018 Sponsors

  • Hazen
  • US Foods
  • City of Oaks Foundation
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
  • City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division
  • City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department
  • HDR Engineering
  • OBS Landscape Architects
  • Sonoco Recycling
  • S&ME
  • Larry’s Beans
  • Market Hall in the Historic City Market
  • CompostNow

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

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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