NRDCs Growing Green Awards: Nomination deadline is December 10

There are only 8 days left to nominate a sustainable food producer, business leader, researcher or young food hero for the National Resource Defense Council’s 3rd annual Growing Green Awards.

Through the Growing Green Awards, NRDC recognizes food leaders across America who are transforming the future of food.  CAP’s Ben Kaldunski has the story

These national awards are given to individuals whose extraordinary contributions have advance ecologically integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation, and social responsibility from farm to fork. Individuals can be nominated into one of four categories:

  • Food Producer: Farmers or other food producers, including aquaculture, who employ innovative techniques to sustain agriculture, the natural environment, workers, and community;
  • Business Leader: Entrepreneurs who effectively use the marketplace to promote sustainable food systems, develop infrastructure that enables producers to be more sustainable, or advance sustainable innovations anywhere along the supply chain from farm to fork;
  • Knowledge Leader: Researchers or practitioners who advance the science that is needed to implement a more sustainable food system;
  • Young Food Leader: Sustainable food advocates, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators who are 30 years old or younger.

Previous award winners include Russ Lester who is the co-owner of an organic walnut orchard in Winters, California. Lester’s goal is to become 100% self-sufficient by 2012 by using innovative irrigation systems and transforming walnut shells into fuel that provides electricity for other stages of food production. Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power in Milwaukee, won a Growing Green Award in 2009 for his use of sustainable aquaculture in organic vegetable production. Allen’s farm uses a closed-loop system where water from fish tanks is used to fertilize a wide variety of plants.

NRDC will award $15,000 in prizes, including $5,000 in the new Young Food Leader category. Winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges including author Michael Pollan, chef Dan Barber, author and activist Maria Rodale, and UC Davis professor Dr. Tom Tomich.

Nominations are due December 10th so hurry up! Find eligibility details and apply online here.

– Ben Kaldunski, CAP’s Energy Opportunity team.

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