People's Choice Award

The 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge introduces the first SP Challenge People's Choice Award. This award will recognize one organization for its innovative or inspiring sustainability solutions, initiatives, or actions. Organizations can be nominated by other participants in the Challenge, the SP Challenge staff and Oversight Committee, or organizations can self-nominate.

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  • About PCA

    About PCA

    The People's Choice Award will recognize one organization for its innovative or inspiring sustainability solutions, initiatives, or actions. For our inaugural year, we have four examples of initiatives that have taken sustainability beyond the walls of a single organization to engage with fellow participants and community members. Congratulations, nominees!
  • Allegheny County

    Allegheny County has engaged with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge since it was first launched in 2011. During the 2018 Challenge, Allegheny County willingly took on four mentees for the Challenge! They shared expertise with four other organizations: North Sewickley Township, Borough of Etna, ALCOSAN, and Pennsylvania Resources Council. While the full impact of Allegheny County's mentorship will not be known until after the 2018 Challenge ends, Etna Borough is leading its competitive division, and has scored the second highest score so far of any municipality. ALCOSAN is also leading its division. Impressive!
  • Allegheny County Airport Authority

    Allegheny County Airport Authority

    "Getting Ready for Takeoff" is an initiative by the Allegheny County Airport Authority to bring in students from historically disadvantaged areas and introduce them to airport-related careers. Students receive a tour and are encouraged to investigate their career options. This is a critical step to broadening the pool of recruitment and creating a more diverse workforce. It's also fun for the kids who attend! See the press release here.
  • Borough of Etna

    Borough of Etna

    Etna has been nominated for its in-depth sustainability survey that was used to assess residents’ knowledge about sustainability and how often they include the principles in their daily activities. The survey, modeled after action EA22 in the Master Playbook, was taken by a number of Etna Borough staff and made available for all Etna residents in the quarterly newsletter. It was also presented at an EcoDistricts community meeting. The survey results will be used to aid the planning stage of the EcoDistricts Certification to make the biggest positive impact in residents’ lives. It also shows what the community wants to prioritize. So engaging!
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

    Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

    The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank hosted a private ROCIS cohort for its staff members. ROCIS, which stands for Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces, is a project offering free air quality monitoring kits to homes and offices. The data collected by ROCIS is then used to inform decision-making by regional policy makers and community leaders. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank went far above and beyond the minimum requirements of the ROCIS-related SP Challenge actions, which simply require that employers encourage participation in the public cohorts - and to verify that at least one employee did so. In this case, ROCIS air quality monitoring was conducted both in the office and in employees' homes. Twelve staff members participated in ROCIS cohort 33. Amazing!

Voting

Nominated organizations, along with full project details, are listed below for other SP Challenge participants to review. All SP Challenge participating organizations are eligible to vote for their favorite nominee. Each participating organization will be limited to a single vote. Therefore, voters are encouraged to gain consensus within their own organization before submitting their vote. The nominee receiving the most votes will be chosen as the winner. If more than one organization is tied for the lead, all tied first-place recipients will be honored. Nominees may cast their vote for their own organization.

The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced during the SP Challenge Finale and Awards Celebration, along with Top-Scorers, Top-Reducers, and overall outcomes of the Challenge.

Check out the nominees for the People's Choice Award below! Confer with others in your organization to choose your favorite nominee. Each participating organization in the SP Challenge will get ONE vote.  Once you have decided, cast your vote by using the SurveyMonkey link below.

Voting closes on March 15, 2019.



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Eligibility

Any of the 2018 SP Challenge participating organizations can be nominated for the award, including K-12 Schools and non-competing "Self-Performers". Nominees can be self-nominated, nominated by other participants in the Challenge, or nominated by the SP Challenge staff or Oversight Committee. Members of the Oversight Committee cannot nominate their own organization, but can be nominated by others.

Nominations

Nominations have been closed.

Nominations may be submitted until January 31, 2019 at 11:59:59 pm. Participating organizations may be nominated for any sustainability project or initiative launched or completed in 2018. The project may be associated with one or several actions in the SP Challenge, or may be an initiative completed outside the Challenge, as long as the organization is a participant.

Note: All participating organizations will retain the right to refuse a nomination for any reason. All associated action submissions and details will remain confidential, per the confidentiality policy, until the SP Challenge team receives written permission from the nominated organization to publish their story.

People's Choice Award Winner Announcement

The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced during the SP Challenge Finale and Awards Celebration, along with Top-Scorers, Top-Reducers, and overall outcomes of the Challenge.

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