Growing Green Awards

Posted by on November 21, 2010

Growing Green Awards
Nominations are now open for NRDC’s third annual Growing Green Awards to honor farmers, business leaders and promoters of sustainable food


Recipients may represent a variety of fields including food production, food service, retail or restaurants, academia, journalists, policy advocacy, and government. The panel will consider candidates from across the country (candidates operating outside of the United States will not be considered). Individuals in the following four categories are eligible:

Food Producer: Farmers or other food producers, including aquaculture, who employ innovative techniques to sustain agriculture, the natural environment, workers, and community;

Business Leader: Entrepreneurs who effectively use the marketplace to promote sustainable food systems, develop infrastructure that enables producers to be more sustainable, or advance sustainable innovations anywhere along the supply chain from farm to fork;

Knowledge Leader: Researchers or practitioners who advance the science that is needed to implement a more sustainable food system;

Young Food Leader: Sustainable food advocates, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators who are 30 years old or younger.

Growing Green Awards Criteria

In selecting from nominees, the awards selection panel will consider the following criteria:

* Innovation in promoting ecologically-integrated food systems. This may include minimizing inputs of energy, water, and chemicals; reducing pollution and global warming gas emissions; use of on-farm polyculture; increasing natural resilience; and stewardship of biodiversity, pollinators, open space, and land resources.
* Potential to achieve wide scale adoption, implementation, or behavioral change.
* Advancement of health, safety, and economic viability for farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities.

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