Green Steps Award

Type: Organization

Description: The Green Steps Award celebrates innovation and sustainability within the wastewater industry. The nominee must be an organization that demonstrates initiative and leadership in the implementation of innovative, sustainable practices within their utility or organization. Your innovation can be a new approach, new techniques or results from an internal pilot. The impact of your innovation may be focused on the community, the environment, or cost savings. Please share your successes and the lessons learned from the project, including how your project may inform future projects.

Eligibility:  for this award includes the following considerations:

  • Projects must demonstrate multiple Triple Bottom Line benefits (i.e. economic, social and environmental).
  • Projects must be in operation for at least a 6-month period post-construction/implementation.
  • The extent to which innovative design or construction methods improve economic, social and environmental sustainability.
  • The potential of the innovative strategies/methods to extend future developments in sustainability.
  • The degree to which the project promotes public understanding of sustainable infrastructure as demonstrated by working with the public at the planning, design, construction, and operations stages in the development of the project.
  • The degree to which collaboration was demonstrated by significant participation of other disciplines on the team.

Criteria: projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • the extent to which innovative design or construction methods improve economic, social and environmental sustainability. If your innovation has already been recognized by Envision or other sustainable rating systems, please note that in your application
  • the potential of the innovative strategies or methods to extend future developments in sustainability
  • the degree to which the project promotes public understanding of sustainable infrastructure as demonstrated by working with the public at the planning, design, construction, and operations stages in the development of the project
  • the degree to which collaboration was demonstrated by significant participation of multiple disciplines on the team.

Requirements for Applicants:

Your entry should include a brief summary describing:

  • how the project exemplifies the economic, social and environmental principles of sustainability,
  • why the project is innovative,
  • what advantages are anticipated, and
  • how the project met or exceeded the client’s needs.

Awarding Organization: New England Water Environment Association

Submit Nomination:

Nominations must be submitted in writing to the Sustainability Committee.  The Sustainability Committee will consider the nominations and a simple majority vote will determine the awardee.  Each inductee will be notified of his or her acceptance by the Sustainability Committee. Awardees will be recognized during the NEWEA Spring Meeting and Exhibit.