City searching for sustainability leaders

City is looking for nominees for the 2nd annual sustainability awards.

Sisters in Sustainability: Councillors Janice Morrison

Sisters in Sustainability: Councillors Janice Morrison

Do you know a Nelson resident who truly thinks global, but acts local? Perhaps a local business that does the same?

If you do, now’s the time to nominate them for one of the City of Nelson’s Sustainability Leadership Awards.

The awards were created last year in an effort to encourage the development of environmentally and economically sustainable business and volunteer practices, and to increase awareness of the City of Nelson’s community strategic plans.

Nominations are open until Nov. 13. The awards will be presented at the City of Nelson’s annual reception on Dec. 14.

The awards, totalling $3,450, will be handed out for three different sectors: individual, business and non-profit. And the nominations will be open to teams, and organizations as well — anyone who contributes significantly to the city’s sustainability goals and objectives as per the Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy and Nelson’s official community plan.

The awards are being overseen by councillors Janice Morrison, Anna Purcell and Valerie Warmington.

The winners will have demonstrated leadership in moving Nelson towards its vision of being a prosperous, resilient community— one with robust ecosystems and safe, welcoming neighborhoods where diversity, history and culture are all equally celebrated.

Individuals can nominate others or themselves. The nominations will be judged on five criteria, as outlined in the wording of the sustainability strategy.

• Cultural strength (“Celebrating and embracing our history and our diversity through using our many arts, traditions heritage and recreation assets to enrich the quality of life for all citizens.”)

• Healthy neighbourhoods (“Safe welcoming, connected place with meaningful opportunities to interact with neighbours of all ages and income levels.”)

• Robust ecosystems (“Ensuring natural systems are flourishing in Nelson.”)

•  Prosperity (“Fostering a diverse, value-added economy that provides meaningful employment opportunities and supports healthy and affordable lifestyles.”)

• Resiliency (“Maintaining and enhancing the economic, social, ecological and cultural systems that strengthen our ability to withstand future challenges”)

Nominations can be dropped off or mailed to city hall, suite 101 – 310 Ward Street, Nelson, V1L 5S4, call 250-352-8285 or email sustainability@nelson.ca.