News Release, Sustainability

Call for Nominations: City of Hayward Annual Environmental Awards

January 20, 2017

Nominate yourself or someone you know!

The City of Hayward is accepting nominations for its 34th Annual Environmental Awards to recognize businesses, organizations, schools, and residents who show a strong commitment to sustainability. Nominees that demonstrate exceptional or innovative environmental efforts in categories such as energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, waste diversion (good recycling and composting practices), water conservation, and environmental education will be considered for the award. Nominations are due February 24, 2017.

Representatives from the Hayward Area Senior Center recieves their award during the 2016 Environmental Awards Ceremony

The City is committed to creating a more sustainable community and to recognize those who go the extra mile to reduce Hayward’s environmental footprint. “We know there are businesses and community members doing remarkable things in the area of sustainability. We want to help them tell their stories and inspire others throughout the community to do their part”, said Mayor Barbara Halliday. Award winners will be recognized at a City Council meeting and receive a certificate of recognition from the Mayor and City Council.

Award recipients in 2016 included the Hayward Area Senior Center, a Certified Green Business committed to a comprehensively sustainable facility, and Alphabet Energy, which not only engineers an efficient generator, but partners with local schools to teach students about sustainable technology. Also in 2016, Longwood Elementary School was one of several schools recognized for their commitment to sustainability by teaching students about creative renewable energy solutions like solar cookers and bicycle-powered blenders. 

The City encourages community members to fill out a nomination form either for themselves or for someone they would like to recommend for recognition. To make a nomination, complete the formNominees must be located within Hayward city limits. Nominations will only be considered if submitted by the due date – February 24, 2017. Award recipients will be recognized at a special City Council meeting on May 16, 2017.