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Tourism Officials Call For Worcester Green Nominations

Worcester County Tourism is accepting nominations through April 10, 2017 for the 5th annual Worcester Green Awards. Worcester Green celebrates excellence in promoting environmentally friendly practices, strategies and products. Click here to find out about our 2016 winners.

Awards will be granted to Worcester County businesses that demonstrate extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices, such as water conservation, wastewater management, the promotion of alternative transportation and transit, recycling, energy conservation, on-site renewable energy production, use of local products and food sources and the purchase of renewable energy.

Nominations are being accepted in the following five categories:
  • Community Leader - Business Person or Organization - This award will recognize a long term contribution to the environment by an individual, volunteer or an organization. Efforts should engage community building or conservation.

  • Business - This award will recognize a positive ecological footprint in some or all of these areas: storm water, recycling, sedimentation and erosion controls, construction debris reuse, and energy innovation.

  • Lodging - This award will recognize a lodging partner who includes some or all of these practices: recycles, use of organic cleaning supplies, reduction of water consumption and use of alternative energy sources.

  • Restaurant - This award will recognize a restaurant that has made a concerted effort to buy local, recycle, reduce waste and energy consumption and involve staff and community.

  • Teacher - The recipient of this award will have demonstrated leadership in teaching others about the environment.

Applicants will be judged on their overall level of commitment, measurable environmental benefits or progress, cost savings, and customer outreach and engagement. To qualify, applicants must reside or operate businesses in Worcester County. Awards will be announced during the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association dinner meeting on Thursday, April 14 in Ocean City.

Last year’s award recipients include: The Community Leader award went to Diakonia for reducing waste and promoting the reuse of resources by instituting a processing system that helps eliminate food waste and diverted 125,000 pounds of fresh, donated leftovers from being wasted in 2015, and for processing used clothing, household items and furniture in good condition for use at the facility and in the community. Superfun Eco Tours earned the Business award for offering guided tours that launch from Assateague Island that promote local businesses and offer plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. La Quinta Inn & Suites in Ocean City, a pet friendly hotel and Maryland Green Travel Partner, won the Lodging award for instituting a number of green initiatives. Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grille on the Boardwalk in Ocean City received the Restaurant award for leading the way with its environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices. Marlyn Barrett, Science Supervisor for Worcester County Public Schools, won the Teacher award for helping students increase their environmental literacy, and fostering the next generation of environmental stewards..

Applicants will be judged on:
Overall Level of Commitment
Measureable Environmental Benefits or Progress
Cost Savings
Customer Outreach & Engagement

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must either be residents of or operate within Worcester County,
  • Elected officials are not eligible while they are serving in public office.

USE THIS FORM TO MAKE A NOMINATION
For more information about the Worcester Green Awards, contact Lisa Challenger, Tourism director: 410-632-3110 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)




   


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