GreenCityBlueLake Awards 2005
Each year, EcoCity Cleveland gives out a special set of awards to honor individuals and organizations working to improve the long-term quality of life in Northeast Ohio by balancing environmental quality, social justice, and economic prosperity. This year’s awards were presented at Great Lakes Burning River Fest on August 13, 2005, at Voinovich Park on Cleveland’s lakefront. In addition to public recognition, the award winners receive an original piece of artwork by a local artist that showcases the beauty of our bioregion. The award this year was a beautiful, framed photo of Lake Erie by noted Ohio photographer Ian Adams.
Here are the seven GreenCityBlueLake Award categories and winners for 2005:
Green Building — Idea Center, a collaboration of WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream, Playhouse Square Foundation, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and Turner Construction, for transforming a historic building in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square into an inspirational home for creative thinking, information, education, arts, and technology. The project also will help establish a new rating system for green building techniques in commercial interiors under the national program, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Award presented in partnership with the Cleveland Green Building Coalition.
Sustainable Business — Business Interiors and Environment, Inc. (BIE), for their commitment to sustainable practices and high-performance design in office planning, furniture sales, and facility maintenance. BIE’s new showroom in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood is a showcase for adaptive reuse techniques, green building features, sustainable products, and green material selection. And work with faculty and students from Case’s organizational development program will soon integrate sustainability throughout the company.
Award presented in partnership with Entrepreneurs for Sustainability.
Environmental Health — Cleveland Communities Organized against Lead (C-COAL), for providing information and support to parents of lead-poisoned children as they struggle with the burdens of controlling lead hazards. C-COAL is part of a national movement that has succeeded in putting lead poisoning prevention high on the public health agenda, recognizing that lead poisoning still continues to diminish the educational and employment potential of too many children.
Award presented in partnership with Environmental Health Watch.
Conservation — Regional Biodiversity Partnership, for promoting collaboration among diverse conservation interests – park districts, government agencies, universities, and other land protection organizations – within the glaciated lands and waters south of Canada from Sandusky Bay to the Allegheny Mountains. By working together and leveraging resources, the partners are improving the region’s ability to identify, protect, and restore vital habitats and ecosystems.
Regionalism — Bruce Akers, Mayor of Pepper Pike, for many years of advancing the civic discussion of regional cooperation in Northeast Ohio. As the mayor of an outer-ring suburb, he has supported the redevelopment needs of older communities, promoted a regional economic development fund, and helped convince other mayors in Cuyahoga County to collaborate to enhance overall regional competitiveness rather than compete for existing jobs and tax base.
Sustainable Transportation — NOACA’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative, for providing planning grants and technical assistance to communities and public agencies for innovative transportation projects that strengthen livability – including projects that enhance community identity, foster compact land use and redevelopment of urban core communities, expand transportation choices, and improve the environment.
Clean Water — Elaine Marsh, for many years of speaking on behalf of the Cuyahoga River and cleaner water throughout Ohio. Her tireless advocacy and education work as a leader of Friends of the Crooked River, Ohio Greenways, and other organizations has kept public attention focused on the environmental, economic, and spiritual importance of our rivers and streams.