Mayor Menino Is Calling All Boston Greenovators!
Nominations Open for Mayor’s 2013 Greenovate Boston Awards
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that nominations are now open for the 2013 Mayor’s Greenovate Boston Awards, which recognize local sustainability leaders in three different categories: Business, Residential, and Sustainable Food Leadership. Nominations are due March 22.
“Through Greenovate Boston, the City of Boston continues to work closely with our residents, business and institutions to make Boston the greenest city in the country,” Mayor Menino said. “I look forward every year to celebrating the impressive work of our local environmental leaders and telling their story.”
Previously called the Mayor’s Green Awards, this year’s awards will reflect the adoption of Greenovate Boston, a collective movement and innovative approach to connect and motivate residents and businesses to help reach Mayor Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The awards are in their seventh year, and the Mayor will present them this spring at the Greenovate Boston Forum, bringing together residents and stakeholders to establish a shared vision for the future of the Greenovate Boston movement.
“The Mayor’s Greenovate Boston Awards are just one way of recognizing and supporting our sustainability leaders,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy. “Greenovate Boston will further connect and engage the Boston community by creating a one-stop-shop for sustainability resources as well as a platform for empowering individuals, businesses and organizations to Greenovate throughout the community.”
The Greenovate Boston Awards recognize leaders in Boston’s Business, Residential, and Sustainable Food categories. The Business awards recognize leaders from the commercial and non-profit sectors, as well as academic, cultural and healthcare institutions. Awards will be given to entities that demonstrate extraordinary performance regarding sustainability such as employee engagement, operations, renewable energy, stormwater management and innovation.
The Mayor’s Greenovate Residential Awards honor residents that are committed to Greenovating in their home and throughout their community. This year, awards will be given in the categories of Leadership, Energy, Alternative Transportation, Green Gardens and Trailblazer. Nominees may be an individual, a condominium association, a residential building owner or property manager, or other organization that is responsible for residential buildings or spaces.
The Mayor’s Sustainable Food Awards will celebrate two leaders in the field of sustainable and healthy foods: those who provide our community with good food and those who provide a service in the sustainable and healthy food industry.
Mayor Menino’s annual Bike Friendly Business Awards are also now open for nominations. These awards recognize companies that incorporate bike-friendly practices that encourage their employees or customers to ride their bikes. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be distributed at a special ceremony with Mayor Menino where the winner will receive a certificate and a “Bike Friendly Business” sticker to proudly display in their business.
To submit your Greenovate Boston Awards nominations and see winners from previous years, please visit the Mayor’s Greenovate Boston Award’s website at www.cityofboston.gov/environmentalandenergy/greenovateawards. For the Bike Friendly Business Awards, please visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/bikes/bikebusiness/.
Award winners from last year were a diverse group, representing all parts of Boston. Highlights include The Boston Cab Association’s all hybrid fleet, 81 Brent Street in Dorchester for constructing a LEED Platinum home, Boston University’s focus on locally sourced food, and a Jamaica Plain business called Fresh Hair for its eco-friendly services and energy reduction steps.