Deadline: January 13, 2012
For the fifth year, Siemens is sponsoring the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC). Nominations for the 2012 awards will be accepted in three categories: small communities (less than 50,000 residents), midsize cities (50,000-500,000 residents) and large communities (more than 500,000 residents).
Each winning city will be announced during an awards reception in April 2012 and will receive a donation of $20,000 worth of trees through the Alliance for Community Trees.
Strong candidates for the award are able to demonstrate that their community has forged relationships with residents and the local private sector to set and achieve complementary economic, environmental and social goals. Together, these goals have helped the community realize long-term competitiveness and success. Communities will be judged by a panel of experts in three categories – environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and overarching sustainability.
“We believe there is a clear tie between sustainable development and long-term success for communities,” said Alison Taylor, vice president of Sustainability-Americas, Siemens Corporation. “These communities are examples of how investment in sustainable solutions can benefit not only the environment and the bottom line – but also improve overall living conditions for residents.”
In 2011, nearly 90 communities from 40 states applied for the award. The three winning communities – San Jose, Calif.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Greensburg, Kan. – took proactive steps to improve quality of life, be a steward of the environment and increase the ability to sustain a successful community for generations to come.