Sustainable Contra Costa accepting nominations for Green Building Awards

Award ceremony celebrates sustainability leadership in the region

The nonprofit group Sustainable Contra Costa is looking for local architects, builders and owners of green buildings to recognize at its tenth annual Leadership in Sustainability and Green Buildings award ceremony.

The nomination period ends Sunday, so anyone interested in nominating one of Contra Costa's leaders in sustainability will need to act fast.

Individuals, nonprofits, government programs, schools or businesses who fulfill this year's theme of "inspiring and connecting with each other across generations," can be nominated in one or more of the award ceremony categories.

Nomination categories include:

*Leadership in Sustainable Communities

*Leadership in Food System Innovation

*Leadership in Sustainable Resource Management

*Leadership in Sustainable Economics

*Rising Star Award (18 and under)

Nominators will need to write a one-page typed summary of why they feel a candidate enhances sustainability and should be recognized. The summary should describe how they excel in improving the environmental, social and economic health of Contra Costa.

Qualified nominees will then be evaluated on their efforts to promote economic prosperity, environmental health, address social justice and well-being, the uniqueness of their program, scope of involvement, collaboration efforts and how they are a role model for others.

Candidates don't necessarily need to live in Contra Costa, but the work they are nominated for must primarily occur in the county. Organizers also note that leaders can feel free to nominate themselves if they feel they are worthy.

Nomination forms are found on Sustainable Contra Costa's website. All nominees will be recognized and winners announced at the tenth annual gala dinner Sept. 20 in the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr.

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