Sustainable Resilient Longmont Offering First Awards in Three Categories

August 3, 2018

Bartender Dale Rasmussen pours a drink for a customer Thursday at Jefe's restaurant. Jefe's has replaced all of its single-use plastic with compostable options and also is sponsoring Sustainable Resilient Longmont's fundraiser in September.

Longmont Sustainability Award nominations

Due: 5 p.m. Wednesday

Awarded: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Nominate a business: bit.ly/2vauB4a

Nominate a leader: bit.ly/2O7sF3t

Nominate a program: bit.ly/2n5CNyj

Longmont Sustainability Awards

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave.

Cost: $30

More info: bit.ly/2vv2qMN

Sustainable Resilient Longmont is holding the first Longmont Sustainability Awards in September.

Nominations for sustainable business, program and leader are due on Wednesday and will be announced at the nonprofit’s fundraiser Sept. 22.

Abby Driscoll, the chairwoman of the nonprofit’s board of directors, said that the group wanted to hold another fundraiser and also raise awareness about different efforts around the city to avoid depleting natural resources.

“We had our first ever fundraiser last year and when we started to put together ideas for the fundraiser this year, we came up with the idea to have a theme for the event ... and highlight the progress that is being made in Longmont on sustainability issues,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll said the nonprofit has been working for the past four years on two major issues — curbside composting and renewable energy. Longmont rolled out curbside composting to single-family homes in April 2017 and the nonprofit launched its campaign to urge city officials to commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 in June 2017.

Driscoll said the awards and fundraiser will be a good opportunity for the nonprofit to celebrate how far it’s come while learning about others’ efforts in Longmont.

“We’ve come a long way since we started working. We want to highlight that and also forge more connections around things in the community we may not know about,” she said.

The nonprofit’s members are working to commission a local artist to create awards for the three category winners in a sustainable way or out of recycled materials, Driscoll added.

The first Sustainable Business award will be given to a business that has gone above and beyond in their commitment to operating sustainably, with attention to the local economy, environmental health and social sustainability, according to the online nomination form.

Similarly, the Sustainable Program award will be given to an organization running a local, innovative program that distinguishes Longmont as a leader in sustainability.

The Sustainable Leader award will be given to a Longmonter who continues to push forward sustainability efforts to better the local community.

Tickets to the zero-waste September event at the Firehouse Art Center are $30 and will benefit the organization’s three programs — renewable energy, zero waste and Earth Day. Tickets include one drink ticket. There will be live music by Allie and Oliver, food catered by Jefe’s Tacos and a silent auction.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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