Deadline Extended: Sustainable Community Award Apps Due 2/12

January 21, 2010

If you are planning to submit a nomination for the 2010 Siemens Sustainable Awards, please note the application deadline is extended until Feb. 12th (original deadline – Jan. 31).

In the past two years, 16 U.S. communities have ascended to national attention for their local efforts to blend economic, environmental, and social priorities and advance the overall sustainability and long-term success of the community. This is what the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards is all about.

Here is the type of information we seek for the 2010 nominations:

  • Partnership: Do your community’s disparate entities — government, chambers of commerce, local businesses, nonprofits, academic sector, and others – work in partnership for community improvement and sustainable development?
  • Innovation: Has your community responded to recent economic or other challenges with innovative, sustainability-based strategies?
  • Business Buy-in: Is there strong business support locally for environmental stewardship initiatives in your community?
  • Environmental Preservation: Has your community reduced its environmental footprint and achieved financial gain through the effort?
  • Results: Are the results from your community’s sustainability priorities measurable?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, we would like to see your community’s nomination! Visit our website full the nomination kit and further details.

TIPS FOR APPLYING

  • An award will be given in three categories: Small Community, Midsize Community, and Large Community. No matter your community size, we have a category for you.
  • Multi-sector partnerships or coalitions are important, so please consider all stakeholders in your nomination. Talk to each other and talk through the nomination kit to figure out your community’s sustainability strengths.
  • Check out the past award winners to see what has worked in the past (2009 and 2008).
  • Leave yourself time — the more substantive and detailed the nomination, the better. And, late applications won’t be accepted.

A committee of external experts will review nominations and determine the finalists in each category. The judging panel consists of leading professionals with backgrounds in environment, business, academics, government, and economic development.

The three winning communities will be announced on May 13, 2010, at BCLC’s National Conference on Corporate Community Investment in Houston, Texas.