This year’s Sustainability Showcase Awards luncheon provided an intimate forum for thought leaders and industry experts to share ideas, network and celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s award winners.
The Sustainability Showcase Awards, now in its third year, recognizes successful sustainability policies, programs, practices and technologies implemented by leading organizations.
2010 Sustainability Showcase Awards Winners
Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (Commercial Buildings)
Eden Housing (Multifamily Housing)
City of Chula Vista (Local Government)
Santa Clara Valley Water District (Water Districts)
EAH Housing (Multifamily Housing)
City of Tulare (Local Government)
The honored recipients are making truly impressive strides in the integration of sustainable practices into their broader missions, and reaping environmental, economic, and social benefits as well as positive results impacting their bottom lines.
For example, when Eden Housing builds a new green multifamily development providing affordable housing units near public transit, a more sustainable economy is created. When the City of Chula Vista reaches educates residents about energy efficiency, the engagement and empowerment helps to build a stronger community. When the Balboa Parks Cultural Partnership hosts a monthly lunch meeting designed to foster the exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices amongst its member institutions the resulting building efficiencies help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. When the City of Tulare invests in fuel cells and solar panels to supply energy to its regional wastewater treatment facility, the community saves energy and improves its water quality. And, when the Santa Clara Valley Water District engages its customers through its Climate Change Portal —one of the most popular sites for internet searches about Climate Change – the public receives access to important information about the potential impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and the urgent need to continue mitigation efforts.
This year’s luncheon event included presentations to this year’s award winners as well asa “sneak preview” of a video series featuring the City of Santa Monica–last year’s Sustainability Showcase Awards Grand Prize winner – garnering rave reviews by this year’s luncheon attendees.
The Showcase Awards luncheon featured some of its own best practices in sustainable event planning by hosting the event at a LEED® certified building, selecting awards made from recycled glass, serving local and organic catering options, and asking attendees to return their nametag badges for re-use.
Following the luncheon, attendees and award recipients toured the Energy Resource Center, SoCalGas’ award-winning building showcasing innovations in resource-efficient designs, materials and equipment. The Energy Resource Center was certified for LEED® New Construction v.1 in 2000 and re-certified under LEED® Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance in 2009.