Environmental Awards Program
Please join the City of Raleigh for the 11th 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., and the awards program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Following the awards program, there will be a quick ‘Lightning Round’ where guests will hear short 30-second pitches about several environmental stewardship projects going on around the city. A reception will follow, so guests may meet award winners and learn more about the City’s projects.
Raleigh Environmental Awards
Thursday, March 22
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
214 Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (old City Market)
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.
2018 Environmental Awards Online Application is closed
The online application for the 2018 Environmental Awards program is now closed.
You may want to review the application and the guidelines prior to beginning your application for the 2018 program.
For more information, please call the City of Raleigh at 919-996-3070.
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.
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.
The recipient of this award will be recognized for natural resource conservation that may include waste reduction efforts through recycling, composting and waste avoidance.
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 grant ($2,500)
One grant award worth $2,500 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.
The recipient of this award will be recognized as a volunteer, individual or organization engaged in community building or conservation.
Green Hero Award
This award category recogonizes an individual that has provided exceptional leadership in environmental stewardship.
In addition, there is a "Capture it!" Stormwater Arts Competition for high school students and a "Trashion" Competition from Solid Waste Services for residents ages 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 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.
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.
- Garment or accessory must be made from at least 75% reused materials. Examples include, but are not limited to, bottle caps, cardboard, newspaper, paper cups, paper cartons, plastic bags, and recycled fabrics.
- Contest pieces must be durable enough for wear throughout the awards celebration.
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
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 grants 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 Grant that is for a community garden or urban agriculture project that benefits a community in Raleigh. One grant award worth $2,500 will be given as part of the 2018 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.
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.
- Sepi Engineering
- Hazen & Sawyer
- City of Oaks Foundation
- US Foods
- Duncklee & Dunham
- OBS Landscape Architects
- 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
- Logo in all printed materials
- Promotion in email newsletters, website, Raleigh Television Network
- Named award for 2017, option to present at event
- Logo in all printed materials
- Promotion in email newsletters, website, Raleigh Television Network
- 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
- 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.
- The members of the Environmental Advisory Board along with additional jurors with specific areas of expertise will select the winners for these awards.
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 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.