Nominations Due for 2013 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards

Help us acknowledge and celebrate Princeton's best, brightest and greenest! John Emmons with school in background

Sustainable Princeton is seeking nominations of people, organizations or businesses that are catalysts and models within our community and have preserved and improved the natural, social or economic fabric of our town.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, January 6, 2014.  To nominate an individual or an organization, send an email to "info@sustainableprinceton.org" with the following information:

  • Name, email, phone number and address of nominee;
  • Name, email, phone number, and address of person nominating;
  • Reason for nomination.
  • Please put SPLA nomination in the subject line.

Be sure to include how the nominee has taken a leadership role in addressing one or more of the following:

  • protecting and improving the natural environment;
  • reducing waste and/or increasing recycling;
  • educating others about sustainable behavior;
  • conserving energy; using energy more efficiently; and/or using innovative or alternative energy sources;
  • meeting Princeton’s social needs fairly for instance, a sustainable response to Hurricane Sandy;
  • contributing to our community’s economic well-being.

The awards will be presented on Wednesday, January 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. as an opening to the Princeton Environmental Film Festival at the Princeton Public Library.  The awards ceremony and the Film Festival are free and open to the public.

Awardees from previous years include:

  • The Princeton School Gardens Cooperative, for its Garden State on Your Plate program in our public schools;
  • Friends of Princeton Open Space Trail Committee, for their quiet and consistent clearing of trails;
  • Camila Telez, a Stuart Country Day School student who founded Fair Trade Princeton in 2012;
  • Janet Pelichero, Princeton recycling coordinator who piloted the Curbside Organics Program for Princeton;
  • John Emmons and Martha Friend, Princeton Public Schools, Science Teachers;
  • Stu Orefice, Dining Services Director, Princeton University;
  • Grace Sinden, Princeton resident, who received our first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

For more information about past Sustainable Princeton Leadership Award winners, see our previous announcements in 2012, 2011 and 2010.

 

Nominations Due for 2012 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards

Know someone who’s made a difference to sustainability in Princeton? Tell us by Dec. 21 and they could win an award! 2011 award winner Charlie Yedlin in front of solar panel display

Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission are seeking nominations for the 2012 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards. The awards will be presented to Princeton’s best, brightest and greenest businesses, residents, teachers, school administrators, government employees, religious leaders and any others that are leading the way toward a sustainable Princeton.

Nominations are due by Friday December 21, 2012.  To nominate an individual or organization, please email Andrea Malcolm, Sustainable Princeton’s Program Manager, with the following information:

  • Name, email and address of nominee
  • Name, email and address of person nominating
  • Reason for the nomination

For the nomination reason, be sure to include how the nominee does one or more of the following:

  • protects and improves the natural environment;
  • conserves energy; uses energy more efficiently; and uses alternative energy sources;
  • avoids the use of toxic substances;
  • contributes to our community’s economic well-being, and,
  • meets Princeton’s social needs fairly.

A list of previous Sustainable Princeton Leadership Award winners is provided in these previous posts: "2011 Leadership Awards" and "Leadership Awards Announced for 2010".  And read more about 2011 Award Winner Charlie Yedlin  in this U.S. 1 article.

The 2012 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards ceremony will take place on January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library.  We hope everyone will mark this date on the calendar and help us celebrate the Leadership Award winners!

2011 Leadership Awards

The 2011 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards ceremony was held on January 25, 2012.  The second floor of the  Princeton Public Library grew very crowded as we gathered to celebrate these eight, great, Leadership Award winners! 2011 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awardees

  1. People for Princeton Ridge, Developer J. Robert Hillier, and Princeton Township Attorney Ed Schmierer - for their many hours of collaborative work that led to an agreement about the Princeton Ridge Development.
  2. Princeton Joint Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee - for the critical role this group played in the decision to install "sharrows" on Princeton roads.
  3. Friends of Princeton Open Space Trail Committee - for the untold hours of work this group has put in to mark local trails with signs, build crossings or bridges across streams, and fix muddy spots so our parks can be enjoyed year round.
  4. Camila Tellez, Fair Trade Princeton, 9th Grade Student at Stuart Country Day School - for founding Fair Trade Princeton and her tireless efforts to inform others of the importance of Fair Trade.
  5. Green Sanctuary Committee and Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton - for their creation of broad-based sustainability initiatives, including installation of solar panels, energy audits, a rain garden, use of Fair Trade products and more.
  6. Janet Pelichero, Recycling Coordinator, Princeton Township -  for her determined, informative and innovative approach to recycling, including organizing  New Jersey's first curbside food waste program and many other projects that aim to increase recycling in Princeton.
  7. Princeton Farmer's Market - for its support of local farms, offering fresh local produce to residents and for creating an inspired public gathering place for our town.
  8. Charlie Yedlin, Yedlin Associates - for its installation of 58.4 Kw solar system on the Clock Building on Route 206 in Princeton.  As of Fall 2011, the panels had generated 50,000 kilowatt hours of silent, renewable pollution free energy.

Thank you to all of these leaders for the good work they have done for Princeton!

The Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards are sponsored by Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission. Each year a call for nominations is issued to help us identify Princeton’s best, brightest and greenest businesses, residents, teachers, school administrators, government employees, religious leaders and any others that are leading the way toward a sustainable Princeton.

Turning Black Friday into Green Friday

Holiday season shopping "officially" launches the day after Thanksgiving -- at an ever-earlier hour. This day has been nicknamed "Black Friday" as it is the date when retailers hope their bottom line will turn from red ink to black. $20 bills folded into arrows creating a triangular recycling symbol on brown background

The color of the U.S. dollars we use to buy holiday gifts is green. But typical shopping behavior -- driving miles out of town to big-box stores and purchasing stuff cheaply manufactured 6,000 miles away -- is not at all green.

Can we think greener when shopping for gifts this holiday season? Absolutely:

  • How about walking or cycling to local stores, instead of sitting in a line of traffic and fighting for that last parking space at a distant mall?
  • Consider buying goods made by local artisans, for example, at crafts fairs or farmers markets (the Princeton Farmers’ Market continues throughout the winter in the Public Library’s Community Room).
  • Why not give a special experience from a local provider?
Shop Local!

Here in Princeton, we have so many great stores that it's hard to think of a gift category that's missing.  And all within distances you can walk or cycle to, carrying re-usable bags!  Try the Hometown Princeton, Palmer Square, and Princeton Shopping Center websites for lists of local stores and shopping events.

And that's just the local stuff... then there are the local services, whose providers will be happy to sell you gift certificates for special or fun experiences.  Here is just a partial listing of ideas:

  • Gift certificates to a local eatery (maybe an obvious idea, but always appreciated!),
  • How about a certificate toward the services of one of the Princeton hair salons, barbers, or massage therapists?
  • Someone on your list could try something new at a pre-paid class in art or dance, or enjoy a local theater or musical event.
  • Our local papers list intriguing services, such as home organization (one I’ve always wanted to try... Hope my hubby is reading this!)

So, let's start a new tradition of launching our holiday commerce on "Green Friday" in Princeton, when we skip the driving, and shop as locally as possible, keeping our greenbacks here, to support our community.

Nominations Needed for Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards

Know someone who's made a difference to sustainability in Princeton? Tell us by Dec. 20 and they could win an award! Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission are seeking nominations for the 2011 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards. The awards will be presented to Princeton’s best, brightest and greenest businesses, residents, teachers, school administrators, government employees, religious leaders and any others that are leading the way toward a sustainable Princeton.

group of people holding award plaques

Nominations are due by December 20, 2011.  To nominate an individual or organization, please email Andrea Malcolm, Sustainable Princeton’s Office Assistant, with the following information:

    1. Name, email and address of nominee
    2. Name, email and address of person nominating
    3. Reason for the nomination

For the nomination reason, be sure to include how the nominee:

    • protects and improves the natural environment;
    • conserves energy; uses energy more efficiently; and uses alternative energy sources;
    • avoids the use of toxic substances;
    • contributes to our community’s economic well-being, and,
    • meets Princeton’s social needs fairly.

Examples of specific actions may include:

  • lowering carbon emissions by building, renovating or better insulating their homes or businesses in an environmentally minded manner;
  • reducing water consumption by using rain barrels or other methods;
  • improving water quality by having pesticide-free lawns and gardens or by turning lawns into organic edible gardens;
  • reducing vehicle use through car pools, biking or taking public transportation;
  • shopping locally to strengthen the local economy; and/or
  • improving the quality of life of the community’s underserved populations and those in need.
A list of the 2010 Leadership Award winners is provided in our previous post about the 2010 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards.

The 2011 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards ceremony will take place on January 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library.  We hope everyone will mark this date on the calendar and help us celebrate the Leadership Award winners!