COLUMBIA — Mayor Bob McDavid, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development, Inc. and local businesses and organizations gathered Wednesday afternoon at Lucky's Market on South Providence Road to kick off the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Award Program.
The program aims to raise environmental awareness and promote responsibility by highlighting good work being done in Columbia. The awards are open for applications through Dec. 31. Nominees must be a part of one of four categories:
- Environmental stewardship: This category applies to a business or organization that actively protects the land around it and advocates for sustainable land uses. For example, those with sustainable landscaping or rain gardens, natural wildlife certification or lessening impervious surfaces would be eligible.
- Innovative best practices: This category applies to a business or organization that is creating ways to be more environmentally sustainable and helping the community be more sustainable.
- Pollution prevention: A business or organization nominated for this award is aware of its carbon footprint or has looked into innovative forms of transportation, such as riding bikes to work or creating a carpool system for employees.
- Resource conservation: A business or organization in this category is one that has improved the community by reducing, reusing or recycling.
Go to the program's website through the Office of Sustainability or contact Sustainability Manager Barbara Buffaloe at Babuffal@gocolumbiamo.com to nominate eligible businesses and organizations. Winners will be announced at an awards reception in April.
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