As part of Green Medford’s Earth Day celebration and clean up on Saturday, May 4th, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn announced the second annual Medford Green Awards program to recognize businesses and residents in the community committed to improving energy efficiency, using renewable energy, and other sustainable actions that help improve Medford. The purpose of the awards is twofold – to recognize the accomplishments of businesses and individuals in the community for their environmentally friendly practices, and to educate and inspire all of Medford to take action to reduce their own carbon footprints. The Green Awards are an initiative of the Medford Energy Committee in partnership with the Medford Chamber of Commerce.
“The 2012 award winners collectively represented an amazing commitment to a clean environment and sustainable lifestyle by the Medford residents and businesses who were nominated and I am sure the 2013 nominees will include an incredible array of environmental initiatives,” said Mayor McGlynn. “It proved, once again, that Medford is on the cutting edge of energy and environmental issues and it makes me proud to be part of this movement.”
Last year, ten residents and eleven businesses were recognized for improving their energy efficiency, using renewable energy, implementing sustainable practice in their homes and business. The Medford Energy Committee, a member of the Medford Chamber of Commerce, and the Director of the Office of Energy and Environment reviewed the applications and selected the winners.
“The Medford Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically co-sponsors this important program. Last year’s winners have led by example as they have implemented energy efficiency measures and sustainable environmental practices that should be a positive example to all of us here in this great city,” said Medford Chamber of Commerce Chairman John Costas.
The Medford Energy Committee is a volunteer committee appointed Mayor McGlynn to assist him and the City in implementing sustainable energy policies and initiatives.
“I heartily thank the members of the Energy Committee for their commitment and countless volunteer hours they commit to make Medford a better place,” said Mayor McGlynn.
Awards will be presented in two categories – business, including non-profit organizations, and residents. Practices being considered for award include renewable energy, energy conservation, environmental advocacy, water conservation, waste reduction and reuse, sustainable landscaping methods, and other innovative environmental and energy conservation practices.
Nominations will be accepted electronically and will be judged by the members of the City of Medford Energy Committee and a representative from the Chamber. The awards will be presented to the winners this fall at the City’s annual Harvest Your Energy Festival, which will be held on Saturday, October 26 at the base of the City’s wind turbine.
For information or to complete nomination forms, please visit http://www.medford.org/greenawards or call Medford’s Director of Energy and Environment Alicia Hunt at 781-393-2137.
Medford Energy Committee members include Susan Altman, Jeff Goldsmith, Jonathan Hunt, Elisabeth Krautscheid, Fred Laskey, Kathleen McKenna, Bob Paine, John Rogers, Rick Sacco, J.R. Siegel, Brett Sullivan, Curtis Tuden. The committee is supported by Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy and Environment and Madeline Luce Tufts University Intern.