In 2011, the Natural Resources Defense Council will be handing out its third round of Growing Green Awards to recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the field of sustainable food. Nominations are now being accepted for this national award, which will applaud extraordinary contributions that helped to advance ecologically integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation and social responsibility from farm to fork.
A Growing Green Award will be given to an individual in each of four categories: Food Producer, Business Leader, Knowledge Leader and Young Food Leader. Cash prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 will be awarded in the Food Producer and Young Food Leader categories, respectively, and all winners will be widely celebrated through the media and NRDC’s networks. Winners will also be honored at an NRDC benefit in San Francisco on April 28, 2011.
Nominees for the Growing Green Awards will be judged using a set of criteria that highlights their hard work sustainable food development. Awards will be given to indivduals who were innovative in promoting ecologically integrated food systems; demonstrated potential to achieve wide-scale adoption, implementation or behavior change; and advanced health, safety and economic viability for farmers, farm workers and rural communities.
Award selections will be made by an independent panel of sustainable-food experts.
Applications for Growing Green Awards will be accepted until the end of the work day on Dec. 10, 2010. The application must be submitted through the NRDC website. In the last two Growing Green Award competitions we received many excellent nominations that came very close to winning. Many nominations were received in the last two years of award selection that came close to winning, and these nominations will be considered again this year upon request.