Thank you for your interest in the Mayor's Greenovate Awards. Mayor Walsh is excited to celebrate leaders in the Boston community who are pursuing climate action and helping us meet our environmental sustainability goals. Submit a nomination today for a climate leader -- nominations are open year round! The deadline for nominations has been extended to May 1, 2018.
Greenovate Award Guidelines
- You may nominate an individual, an organization (any not for profit), or a business
- You may submit more than one nomination, and you may self-nominate
- All information provided (description of why the nominee should win and the photo of the nominee) will be used for public online voting weeks before the awards ceremony -- the information provided by the nominator will be the information displayed in the voting platform and should be as concise as possible.
- Nominations should specifically describe and highlight a milestone or significant achievement within the past year (April 2017 - April 2018) to be considered. Please be concise as possible.
- If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please double check with whom you are nominating to assure that the information provided is accurate and complete.
- Provide a detailed description about why your nominee should win a Greenovate Award -- focus on their efforts within the past year based on the category descriptions (below).
- Provide a photo of the nominee
- Please submit a separate response for each category if you would like to be considered for more than one award.
*Insufficient or incomplete nominations may not be considered*
Contact us if you have any questions about the process or the award categories.
You may nominate your climate leader in the following categories -- the description of the categories are the guidelines we will use to select the final winner:
The City of Boston is committed to reducing waste and moving towards zero waste by increasing recycling and reuse, and diverting organics. By keeping these valuables out of Boston's waste stream, we can collectively save money, create local jobs, and improve the environment. The City also welcomes innovative strategies to stop waste before it starts; that can include reducing consumption, comprehensive waste education, or new technologies to replace wasteful processes.
In order to reach Boston's climate action goals, every resident and business must help. Empowering residents and businesses to take climate action in their own neighborhoods, and empowering and educating youth are two priorities of the City of Boston. The championing of climate action in partnership with our neighborhoods will enable the City to adopt smart policies and programs that prepare the City for climate change, and drive further GHG reductions over the long term.
Buildings and Energy
Energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives are critical to reducing GHG emissions and the City's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Whether it's a single-family home, a triple decker, or a large building downtown -- every action matters. As residents and businesses continue to take advantage of incentives from our utility partners, voluntary commitments and leadership above and beyond will be what inspires others to take action and drive the greatest reductions.
Trees, Open Space, and Landscaping
Trees and open space clean Boston's air, reduce the heat island effect, absorb flood waters, and improve the overall wellness of city dwellers. Maintaining our historic park system requires the public and private collaboration, and further development of green spaces will be critical in new phases of development.
Boston and its community continues to rise to the challenge of balancing our historic landscape with the need to adapt and evolve to our changing mobility needs. Public transportation, walking, biking, carpooling, car-sharing, and ride-sharing are all pieces of the puzzle that will help Boston meet its climate and sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality by 2050.
Climate Preparedness and Resiliency
Although climate change will inevitably shape our city in big ways, our response can make sure it is for the better. We can do that by using climate preparedness and resiliency measures to spur economic development, create jobs, invest in public green space, and improve our air and water quality.