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Every year, the City of Raleigh honors individuals, businesses, charities and public organizations who have shown leadership in environmental sustainability. The city is now accepting online nominations for its 2014 Environmental Awards. Deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 14, 2014.

A 10-person jury will select the winners, honored at a public reception and ceremony on April 22, 2014 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.Sponsorship opportunities for the celebration are also available.

Environmental Awards are given in these categories:

  • Raleigh Environmental Stewardship AwardOverall award for 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.
  • Environmental Awareness (Leadership or Teaching) Demonstrated leadership or teaching others about the environment.
  • Green Building Design (Residential and Non-Residential) 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 A government entity that has been innovative in any area of environmental stewardship.
  • Legacy Lifelong contribution to the environment by a person or a long-term commitment by an organization.
  • Market TransformationManufacturers, retailers, or marketers of transformative products, services, or technology which promote positive change for the environment and health.
  • Natural Resource Conservation Natural resource conservation that may include water, land, air quality, habitat/biodiversity or waste reduction.
  • Pioneering Efforts Pioneering efforts in any environmental area.
  • Regional Demonstrated environmental stewardship for the region, such as air quality, streams and watersheds, or other regional issues.
  • Urban Stewardship A volunteer individual or organization engaged in community building or conservation.
  • Native Landscaping (Residential and Non-Residential) Individuals or businesses that utilize drought-tolerant and native plants in their landscaping.

Youth, $500 Award A student who has demonstrated environmental stewardship; may be awarded to more than one person or group.

Emerging Young Professional, $500 Award Video competition recognizing a high school student video raising awareness of stormwater issues.

Emerging Professional, $1,500 Award Video competition recognizing a video or public service announcement produced by local area college, university, and technical school students on one of three themes: Fix-A-Leak/Running ToiletsValue of WaterFat-Free & Flushable-wipe Free Sewers

To be eligible for consideration for the Environmental Awards, nominees must either be residents of or operate within the City of Raleigh or within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) or its utility service area. Elected officials are not eligible while they are serving in public office.