Tourism officials seeking Green Awards nominations
WORCESTER COUNTY–Worcester County Tourism is accepting nominations through April 11 for the third annual Worcester Green Awards.
Worcester Green celebrates excellence in promoting environmentally friendly practices, strategies and products. Awards will be granted to Worcester County businesses that demonstrate extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices, such as water conservation, wastewater management, the promotion of alternative transportation and transit, recycling, energy conservation, on-site renewable energy production, use of local products and food sources and the purchase of renewable energy.
Nominations are being accepted in the following five categories:Community Leader- Business Person or Organization - This award will recognize a long-term contribution to the environment by an individual, volunteer or an organization. Efforts should engage community building or conservation.Business - This award will recognize a positive ecological footprint in some or all of these areas: storm water, recycling, sedimentation and erosion controls, construction debris reuse, and energy innovation.
Lodging - This award will recognize a lodging partner who includes some or all of these practices: recycles, use of organic cleaning supplies, reduction of water consumption and use of alternative energy sources.
Restaurant - This award will recognize a restaurant that has made a concerted effort to buy local, recycle, reduce waste and energy consumption and involve staff and community.
Teacher - The recipient of this award will have demonstrated leadership in teaching others about the environment.
Applicants will be judged on their overall level of commitment, measurable environmental benefits or progress, cost savings, and customer outreach and engagement.
To qualify, applicants must reside or operate businesses in Worcester County. Awards will be announced during the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association dinner meeting on April 24 in Ocean City.
“We’re really pleased to see more and more nominations each year,” Worcester County Tourism Director Lisa Challenger said. “With the growing demand for green travel, there will be an increased number of businesses fostering green initiatives. I’m really proud of this program and of all the nominees and winners. We’re looking forward to some great nominations this year.”
Last year’s award recipients include Community Organization winner Ocean City Development Center (OCDC), Business winner Superfun Eco Tours, Lodging winner Park Place Hotel, Restaurant winner Fish Tales, and Teacher winner Emily Taylor of Snow Hill Middle School.
Worcester Green is sponsored by Worcester County Tourism, Comcast, OceanCity.com, OC Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, and Maryland Green Travel.
The purpose of the program is to encourage Worcester County businesses and community leaders to engage in environmentally sustainable practices, learn more about such practices and grow their businesses at the same time.
For more information about the Worcester Green Awards, visit www.visitworcester.org.