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Codman Square Health Center received an award in 2014 for their leadership in green building and education.

The Oscars may be over, but it’s still award season. Today, Mayor Walsh announced that applications are now open for the Greenovate Boston Awards and the Bike Friendly Business Awards, a sure sign that spring is on its way!

Greenovate Boston Awards recognize businesses, community organizations, and individuals who are helping Boston meet its climate and sustainability goals. Awards should focus on a recent project or practice that demonstrated leadership in climate action. Last year’s winners included innovated projects such as the BAC’s Green Alley in the Back Bay, NOAH’s community leadership around climate preparedness, and Bon Me’s sustainable food efforts.

For large commercial and institutional buildings, we have a special competition to recognize your leadership–theMayor’s Carbon Cup. This program recognizes those who have committed to or achieved a 35% reduction greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

This year, the Greenovate Awards will be a part of the Mayor’s second Greenovate Boston Community Summit, which will be held in late-spring.

If your businesses’ green efforts are mainly focused on encouraging employees or patrons to bike more, you should consider applying to the Bike Friendly Business Awards. Companies and organizations are recognized based on their bicycle friendly status. Four levels of awards as well as a special award for the “Most Bike Friendly” organization are distributed according to the number and scope of bike friendly practices a company undertakes. Winners will be invited to attend a special ceremony with Mayor Walsh, where they will receive a certificate to display in their business.

Applications for both awards are due March 31st and available online. Click here for the Greenovate Boston Awards and here for the a Bike Friendly Business awards.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Greenovate Boston Award application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 3rd.


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