Raleigh, NC Environmental Awards Program

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Raleigh, NC, US

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Type: Program

Status: Ongoing

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City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Program

Be a part of the First Annual Environmental Awards, to be held April 22, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marbles Kids Museum at 201 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh!

In an effort to recognize outstanding work in sustainable development and environmental stewardship, the City of Raleigh has created the Raleigh Environmental Awards.

The program will award individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment. There are two types of awards.

The first award is for an individual or organization that has and shown leadership in sustainable development. Sustainability has been defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The goal of sustainability is the relationship and continuity of the environment, economics, and equity or social justice aspects of human society.

The award winners will be selected based upon quantifiable results that positively affect the environment.

The other award categories include:

  • Environmental Awareness (Leadership or Teaching) - demonstrated leadership or teaching others about the environment;
  • Legacy Award - lifelong contribution to the environment by a person or an organization;
  • Natural Resource Conservation - water, wastewater, reuse water, residuals and biosolids, air quality, stormwater;
  • Green Design (Built Environment) - Stormwater, recycling, sedimentation and erosion controls, construction debris reuse, energy innovation, ecological footprint;
  • Regional Award - air quality, Neuse River basin or other regional issues;
  • Pioneering Efforts - in any environmental area(s);
  • Youth – primary or secondary school youth.
  • Urban Stewardship Award - a volunteer individual or organization engaged in community building or conservation, and,
  • Market Transformation Award - manufacturers, retailers, or marketers that promote products, services and choices that lessen the impact on the environment and health.

To be eligible for consideration nominees 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 selection of award winners will be by an eight-person jury, selected by the Raleigh City Council and consist of a chairperson chosen from the membership of and nominated by the City of Raleigh Environmental Advisory Board.

Representatives will be selected from the Planning Commission, the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board, the Appearance Commission, and the Stormwater Management Advisory Commission. A representative of the professional scientific community and two at-large members from the community will be selected two as part of the award jury. Members of the jury will be residents of the City of Raleigh and will rotate annually.

Selection Criteria
Nominations will be scored based on the criteria and weighting listed below. Projects will be evaluated as much as possible on the quantifiable results that positively affect the environment.

  • Effectiveness (worth 30-50 percent of the final score) - What were the project’s goals? How have you measured your success?
  • Innovation, creativity and originality (worth 10-20 percent) - How were innovative methods, strategies and ideas applied?
  • Environmental stewardship (worth 15-30 percent of the final score) - Measurable increase in ecological resiliency or How have you improved the capacity for our ecosystems to provide us with resources? (Clean air, clean water, fertile soil and biodiversity)
  • Leadership (worth 10-15 percent of the final score) - How has the nominee demonstrated vision, foresight and persistence?
  • Unique Sustainability Elements (worth 5 percent of the final score) How has your project improved social and economic conditions as well as ecological?