St. Paul gives 15 awards for environmental sustainability

Fifteen businesses, organizations and individuals received Sustainable Saint Paul Awards Wednesday for their efforts in protecting the environment.

And the winners are:

Local, Healthy Food Award for commitment to promoting local, healthy food: Gateway Food Co-op

Green Products Award for organizations which have developed or use innovative products that reduce toxicity, prevent pollution and lower environmental impact overall: Garden Fresh Farms

Youth Leadership Award to a student, school group, organization or youth club working to enhance and protect our air, water and natural environment: Central High School Roots and Shoots

Natural Resources Conservation Award for community groups and residents who replant, restore, and reclaim the urban environment into opportunities for the social and physical renewal: Frogtown Tree Frogs

Environmental Education & Awareness Award — for programs and concepts which develop skills and attitudes necessary to understand the inter-relatedness among humans, culture, and surroundings: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Chipotle Edible Garden

Commercial Green Building Design Award for the design, construction of new green commercial buildings or renovations that set a efficiency, healthy indoor conditions, storm water management etc.: Union Depot – Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority

Multi-Family Residential Green Building Design Award for design, development, and construction of green residential buildings or renovations that set a standard for energy efficiency, healthy indoor conditions, etc.: Renaissance Box

Waste Reduction, Composting or Recycling Award for programs or projects that contribute to the development of waste prevention, reduction, composting, or recycling and related infrastructure for commercial businesses: Saint Paul Hotel

Energy Efficiency or Conservation Award for efforts to reduce consumption and energy costs, utilization of clean and renewable energy of investment and benefits of replication: Regions Hospital

Green Practices Award for organizations that have developed innovative practices that reduce toxicity, prevent pollution and lower environmental impact overall: Hamline Church Tech Dump

Innovative Collaboration Award for organized collaborations amongst various agencies and organizations to promote innovative sustainability efforts through a comprehensive sustainability approach: Energy Innovation Corridor

Water Quality or Conservation Award for citizens, groups, businesses, or others which show outstanding commitment to responsible water management and conservation of water resources: Capitol Region Watershed District, City of Saint Paul, Metropolitan Council and Ramsey County

Single-Family Residential Green Building Design Award for design, development, and construction of green residential buildings or renovations that set a standard for energy efficiency, healthy indoor conditions, etc.: Inspiring Communities Program

Sustainable Partnership Award  for a strong, collaborative partnership between the city and an individual, business, or organization that broadly furthers the sustainability efforts in Saint Paul: Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, CityLabs

Sustainable City Staff Award  to a City of Saint Paul employee who continually go beyond normal duties to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday activities: Wes Saunders-Pearce, Water Resource Coordinator

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