BROOKINGS – The City of Brookings is seeking nominations for the Brookings Mayor’s Sustainability Awards, with applications due July 1. 

The awards recognize excellence in sustainable practices demonstrated by local businesses, organizations and individuals, while promoting a culture of resiliency. 

Award winners contribute to a more sustainable city by embracing and promoting an approach to business and daily living that balances environmental responsibility, economic prosperity and community equity. There are five categories for awards.

• Environmental resilience – Programs in this category focus on environmental infrastructure, conservation, or resource management, such as environmental protection, water, energy or waste.

• Social, quality of life – Projects and programs that focus on sustainability and social benefits help ensure that all Brookings residents gain from quality of life improvements, through programs such as education, food security, affordable housing or health and wellness.

• Economic vitality – Applications in this category should reflect sustainable economic benefits through stewardship programs, such as built environment, buildings and land use; economic development, or transportation.

• Sustainability leadership/innovative best practices – This category is for individuals in the Brookings community making a difference in any of the sustainability arenas. 

• Triple bottom line – Outstanding all-around programs that address all core considerations, integrated across the three aspects of sustainability. Nominations must include aspects of social equity, environmental resilience and economic vitality.

Nominations may be submitted via email to or by mailing to the Assistant to the City Manager, Sustainability Council, City & County Government Center, 520 Third St., Suite 230, Brookings, SD 57006, no later than July 1. 

The winners of the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards will be recognized at a combined award event Sept. 26 at the McCrory Gardens Visitor Center.

COURTESY OF: The Brookings Register

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