For 14 years, in honor of Earth Day, San Diego EarthWorks has been acknowledging local businesses, governments, nonprofit groups and citizens for making a positive difference for conservation and the environment in their daily work.
The EARTH Award -- Environmental And Restoration That Helps -- is a big name to acknowledge sensitive daily actions that add up over time. Each winner, indeed each nominee, demonstrates the many ways to take awareness to action in their own backyards, whether their business, their vocation or their community.
Winners will be acknowledged at a reception and awards ceremony on the evening of May 12 at the city's Environmental Services "green building" in Kearny Mesa. Mayor Dick Murphy will give the awards, along with his usual witty commentary.
This year's EARTH Award winners are:
As a building engineering consulting company, TKG plans to use its building to provide direct experience for clients and all other building owners in the realities and paybacks of pursuing sustainable design for their projects.
The EarthFair is produced through the efforts of more than 25 volunteer "team leaders" who take responsibility for producing all aspects of the EarthFair. Whether installing and providing solar power to exhibitors, managing projects, providing first aid or information, these volunteers exemplify what it means to contribute to something larger than themselves.
The work these award winners do adds up over time and represents the best meaning of "Earth Day," when we recognize what we can do improve our environmental profile and do more of the right things that add up to a regionwide conservation ethic.
Their examples should inspire each of us to consider what more we can do at work, at home and for public service.
Note: This reception and awards ceremony are open to the public. To attend, RSVP at www.earthdayweb.org or call 858-272-7370.
Chase is a Planning Commissioner for the city of San Diego and member of Sandag's Regional Comprehensive Plan Stakeholder's Working Group.