Annually, the City of Cottage Grove recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that make the city a more sustainable community by giving them a Sustainable City Award.

Nominations are accepted year-round with a deadline of Feb. 28, 2017.   The winners will be announced on or near Earth Day.

Project categories include: sustainable building or remodeling; energy efficiency and conservation; use of renewable or alternative energy; waste reduction, composting and recycling; environmental awareness and education; water conservation; innovative storm water management practices; sustainable business practices; and youth leadership.

Residents are encouraged to make nominations. Installing solar panels, creating a rain garden, making home improvements designed to reduce water consumption, or planting native drought resistant landscaping are some common projects that are eligible.

Multiple projects may receive an award as each nomination is judged on its own merit.  Nominated projects must be located in Cottage Grove and must have been started with the past three years.

The Sustainable City Award program was developed in 2013 by the City’s Environmental Commission. In 2016, resident Sherry Holtmeyer won for her solar panel installation and District 833 Schools in Cottage Grove won for their milk carton recycling and best practices project. 

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