If you know of a local leader in sustainability, you have until March 29 to submit them for recognition through Boston's annual "Greenovate" awards.
The Greenovate Boston Awards recognize local sustainability leaders in three different categories: Business, residential and sustainable food leadership.
“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 Thomas 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 Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Award winners will be recognized later this spring at the Greenovate Boston Forum on April 25.
“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.”
Last year's award winners included The Boston Cab Association’s all-hybrid fleet, 81 Brent St. in Dorchester for constructing a LEED Platinum home, Boston University’s focus on locally sourced food and Jamaica Plain business Fresh Hair for its eco-friendly services and energy reduction steps.
The business awards recognize leaders from the commercial and non-profit sectors, as well as academic, cultural and health care institutions. Awards will be given to entities that demonstrate extraordinary performance regarding sustainability such as employee engagement, operations, renewable energy, storm water management and innovation.
The resident awards will go to Bostonians who are committed to "going green," 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 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.
Additionally, a separate award also up for nominations is the annual Bike Friendly Business awards.
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.