And the winners are ....
The city of Santa Fe today announced the winners of the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards.
“These Santa Fe businesses, non-profits, leaders and city employees are doing the kind of hard work that will move the needle on lowering our carbon footprint and preparing us for the negative impacts of climate change,” Mayor Javier Gonzales said in a statement. “Congratulations to all of them, and a big thank you for their continued dedication.”
According to the city, "the Mayor's Sustainability Awards recognize programs, projects and people throughout Santa Fe that are dedicated to helping Santa Fe reduce its carbon footprint, improve its environment, build resilience in the face of climate change, provide environmental education, develop a green workforce, and much, much more."
The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public.
The ceremony precedes an evening conversation about organic philanthropy, also at the convention center, with Nell Newman.
The Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce and Women Of Green are sponsoring the event, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased atwww.ticketssantafe.org or at The Lensic box office.
Here are the sustainability award winners by category:
Santa Fe Community College Technology and Trades Center (sustainability curriculum)
Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences (sustainability curriculum)
Earth Care (work with SFPS in sustainability and gardening programs)
Nuclear Watch (nuclear waste issues)
Audubon New Mexico (historic water release into the middle Rio Grande, protecting New Mexico's Natural Resources; also Water category winner)
Santa Fe Botanical Gardens (Los Pinos Arroyo restoration and La Rambla orchid garden; also Water category winner)
CLIMATE & ENERGY
Santa Fe Public Schools (PV array at Santa Fe High School)
Squash Blossom (connecting local farmers with local restaurants)
Southside Farmers’ Market (food access)
Joe’s Dining & Sweetwater Harvest (providing locally sourced, organic foods)
Dentistry for Kids Offices, Wayne Lloyd architect (green building, commercial)
Homewise (green building, residential)
SAVERS Thrift Store (65 new hires in 2016)
SFCC Training Center Corporation (high tech and green business incubation)
Santa Fe Conservation Trust (bike lane advocacy and urban trail development)
Reunity Resources (food waste to compost program)
Chainbreakers (Environmental justice and social equity advocacy)
Green Fire Times
Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy
Tammy Harkins and Dana Richards, The ECO School
Lisa Randall, Energy and Water Conservation Program coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools
Santa Fe County Commissioner Kathy Holian
New Mexico state Sen. Peter Wirth
Craig O’Hare, energy programs specialist, Santa Fe County