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City of Davis celebrates 30th Annual Environmental Recognition Awards

Originally published in: The California Aggie

Davis recognizes local business, individuals and nonprofit organizations that promote the environment


The city of Davis announced the deadline for its 30th Annual Environmental Recognition Awards nominations was March 20 and winners were announced on April 16. The environmental awards seek to appreciate people or businesses that have been environmentally conscious in the community. 

The nomination criteria includes: addressing a current environmental concern, establishing a record of achievements or actions benefiting the environment and quality of life around Davis, creatively implementing or developing an innovative project related to sustainability or the environment, setting an example of how to conduct business, set up a home environment and/or live daily in a manner that encourages sustainability and impacting others in the Davis community through outreach, engagement or education efforts. 

The awards are divided into respective categories, businesses, individual and group efforts and non-profit organizations. The city also recognizes events and programs that have contributed to improving the Davis environment over time.

“Environmental stewardship is a core value for Davis community members,” Davis Mayor Josh Chapman said in a press release. “Through the City’s Environmental Recognition Awards, now in their 30th year, we want to recognize organizations and individuals that contribute to sustainability in Davis. These awards honor those who have made strides to envision and implement sustainability actions in the community and to support the 2020-2040 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.”

Sean Rader, sustainability coordinator of Nugget Markets and 2020 recipient of the Sustainable Business Recognition Environmental Award, talked about the significance of earning the award. 

“Here at Nugget Market, we’re committed to being a leader in our industry, which includes pursuing full-circle sustainability.” Rader said. “Founded in 2015, our Sustainability Program focuses on three key pillars: social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic vitality. With sustainability specialists stationed throughout each store, we’re constantly improving our environmental impact through eco-friendly actions like reducing water and energy usage, recycling, diverting food waste, donating to local nonprofits and more.”

Nugget was awarded due to their major developments in energy savings, water conservation, food waste reduction and more. They also partner with other local nonprofits and government agencies to support environmental well-being in the city of Davis.

Nominations were submitted to Kerry Loux, city of Davis sustainability coordinator, and are set to be reviewed by the city’s Natural Resource Commission and winners were accepted during a ceremonial presentation on April 16. 

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