For Immediate Release
March 09, 2011
Environment, Energy, and Open Space
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that nominations are open for the 5th annual Mayor’s Green Awards, honoring Boston businesses and individuals for their outstanding commitment to sustainability. The 2011 awards include four categories: Green Business, Green Residential, Bike Friendly Business, and Sustainable Food. Mayor Menino added the Sustainable Food category this year to highlight the city’s commitment to providing healthy and sustainable food choices. Nominations for all categories will be accepted until March 25, 2011 and the Mayor will honor the winners at a ceremony in April.
"I am proud of the work that the residents and businesses of Boston do to help make our City one of the greenest in America," said Mayor Menino. "Whether you're a homeowner dedicated to reducing waste, a restaurant using locally sourced food, or a large business implementing sustainable practices at your company, every contribution brings Boston closer to achieving our green potential."
Innovative approaches that businesses are taking to green Boston include energy management, water conservation, adaptive building reuse, and historic preservation. Residents will be awarded for practices such as sustainable home renovations, renewable energy, and sustainable landscaping methods. The Mayor’s new Sustainable Food Leadership Award will recognize businesses that demonstrate extraordinary efforts to provide fresh local food in the most sustainable manner.
Mayor Menino launched the annual Green Awards in 2007 as part of his commitment to honoring businesses, residents and community leaders that are instrumental in furthering Boston's ambitious sustainability goals. In 2010, fourteen businesses and four individuals received a Green Award.
Green Business Awards honor companies in Boston that implement exemplary sustainable business practices in their day-to-day operations. Businesses may apply in the following categories:
- Academic, Cultural and Healthcare Institutions
Green Residential Awards will honor residents who incorporate sustainable practices in their homes, yards and neighborhood. Awards will be presented to residents in four categories:
- Climate Action Leader Award
- Waste Reduction Champion Award
- Green Home Conservation/Renovation Award
- Sustainable Landscape/Green Roof
The Bike Friendly Businesses Program recognizes businesses that encourage bicycling by their employees by engaging in bicycle friendly practices. All companies participating in at least nine bike friendly practices listed on the application receive recognition. In addition, there will be one special award for the "Most Bike Friendly Business" awarded to the company that demonstrates the most bike friendly practices and is not part of the bike industry.
“I continue to be inspired by the many local residents and business owners who continue to be on the leading edge of sustainability,” said Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy. “The Mayor’s Green Awards provides recognition to these neighborhood leaders who are making a difference in improving environmental quality, public health, and the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”
Green Award winners from last year include: Boloco, Boston Properties, Thompson Island Outward Bound Program, Ula Café, Allston Collision Center, the Reardon Family, River House Condominiums, New Generation Energy, Millennium Properties, Boston Neighborhood Network, and Mishawum Park Tenants Association.
For more information or to download and submit nomination forms, please visit the http://www.cityofboston.gov/environmentalandenergy. Nominations should be submitted by March 25, 2011.