Awards & Contests

We want to recognize you! Make sure we know about all the great things you are doing to go green by participating in our awards and contests. 

We host several awards and contests each year. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified of future contests and award opportunities. To sign up follow the link and check Environment-Business or Environment-Community Member.

Current Contests:

Environmental Awards

2019 Earth Day Environmental Awards flier     2019 Dia de la Tierra Premios Ambientales flier

The Environmental Awards recognize residents, businesses, organizations, and schools who have made exemplary efforts to become more sustainable over the past year. The City is accepting nominations for accomplishments made in categories such as energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, waste diversion, and water conservation. See here for more information. Make a nomination. Nominations are due by March 1, 2019. The Award Presentations will take place on May 21, 2019, at City Council.

Earth Day Poster and Writing Contest

2019 Earth Day Poster & Writing Contest flier     2019 Dia de la Tierra Concurso Poster & Escritura flier

The Earth Day Poster and Writing Contest invites Hayward students to create a poster or write a poem/essay about environmental principles. It gives students an opportunity to draw or write their thoughts on water and energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable transportation and meals, recycling and composting, and a litter-free environment.  Entries were due by March 15, 2019. The winners will be awarded at a City Council meeting TBD in April 2019.

Past Contests:

The Earth Day Poster and Writing Contest provides Hayward students with an opportunity to describe through words and convey through pictures their ideas about water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling, composting, and related environmental topics.  Students are invited to submit their entries in early springtime every year!

A completed Student Entry Form was required for all entries. Entries were due by 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018. 

2018 winners

Students with winning entries were recognized during a special ceremony at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  

View the winning entries from past contests below:

2018 | 2017 | 2016 |  2015

Each year the City hosts an awards ceremony honoring businesses, schools, and residents with exemplary environmental accomplishments.

Cesar Chavez Students

The City of Hayward is welcoming nominations for the 2018 Environmental Awards! To make a nomination, complete the form. Nominees must be located within Hayward city limits. Nominations will only be considered if submitted by the due date – February 23, 2018. Award recipients will be recognized at a special City Council meeting on May 15, 2018.

To read about the 2017 Environmental Award winners, please view the press release.

Congratulations to our winners! We had over 500 amazing submissions. Thank you to all the participants for reminding us how stunning our Hayward is.

To see all submissions, view the Instagram feed, the Facebook feed, and the Twitter feed.

Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Winner

Runner Up Winners

Runner up winners

In an effort to reduce the amount of litter on City streets and to promote a sense of community pride, the City called on all Hayward students, grades 1-12, to find, photograph, and pick up pieces of trash on Hayward’s streets. 

The contest ran from April 16, 2018 through May 12, 2018. 

For more information, download the Contest Flyer (available in Spanish) or visit our facebook page

Hayward Shines Posters