What It's About

The Sustainable Scottsdale Awards program is a recognition for those spearheading significant environmental advancements in Scottsdale. This award spotlights the "change makers" that have made a tangible difference by completing projects that positively impact both our environment and community.

Why It Matters

  1. Celebrating Environmental Champions: Honors those who demonstrate exceptional commitment to our planet's well-being.
  2. Fostering Innovation: Recognizes those that contribute in new ways to a more sustainable Scottsdale.
  3. Driving Change: Motivates and inspires actions that enhance the quality of life in our city, making Scottsdale a more livable and environmentally conscious place.

Key Dates

  • Nominations Open: Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024
  • Announcement of Honoree(s): Earth Week 2024

Who Can Apply?

Who's eligible? Our aim is to build a platform that celebrates environmental achievements across the entire spectrum of Scottsdale's community. No matter your size, sector, or scope - if you're making a green difference in Scottsdale, we want to hear from you!

  • Small and Large Businesses
  • Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Individuals
  • Associations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Teams

Note: Sorry, but facilities or programs directly hosted by the City of Scottsdale are not eligible.

We're on the lookout for exceptional work in areas like:

  • Water Conservation: Initiatives or technologies that reduce water usage and preserve our precious water resources.
  • Sustainability & Green Practices: Innovative ways to live and work sustainably.
  • Renewable Energy: Harnessing the power of renewable and solar energy.
  • Air & Water Quality: Efforts to keep our air and water clean and safe.
  • Recycling & Waste Reduction: Turning trash into treasure and minimizing waste.
  • Waste Innovation: Creative ways to compost or repurpose waste.
  • Energy Efficiency: Smart use of energy that conserves resources.
  • Environmental Education & Leadership: Spreading knowledge and leading by example.
  • Community Impact: Actions that significantly improve Scottsdale's environment and quality of life.

Nomination Made Simple: Easy as 1, 2, DONE

  1. STEP 1: Fill Out the Form: Just complete the super-short application form below.
  2. STEP 2: Create Your Impact Statement: Tell us about the difference you've made. Keep it short and sweet! (500 - 750 words)
  3. STEP 3: Hit Submit!

Optional Extras: Feel free to add data, photos, or videos. They're not required, but they can really help your nomination stand out (please no more than five additional pages of information)!

What's in Store? Honoree(s) will be announced during Earth Week. This award is our way of giving a big 'Thank You' and spotlighting the incredible efforts that make Scottsdale a more sustainable and vibrant place.

Apply Now

The submission period is now closed for this year's awards.


When do applications open?

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 at 8 a.m.

When is the deadline for applications?

Monday, April 1, 2024 at 5 p.m.

What is the Sustainable Scottsdale Awards Program?

The program recognizes major environmental contributions in Scottsdale by individuals, businesses, associations, educational institutions, and organizations.

Why should I care about this award?

It honors eco-champions, encourages sustainable collaborations, and inspires positive changes in Scottsdale.

What types of projects qualify?

Projects in water conservation, sustainability, renewable energy, clean air and water, recycling, waste reduction, energy efficiency, environmental education, community impact, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning.

Note: Sorry, but facilities or programs directly hosted by the City of Scottsdale are not eligible.

How do I apply?
  • Fill Out Form: Complete the application on our website.
  • Impact Statement: Write about your project's impact (500-750 words).
  • Submit: And that's it!

  • *Optional: Add data, photos, or videos to enhance your application.
What do honoree(s) receive?

Honoree(s) get recognition during Earth Week, when their efforts will be highlighted for making Scottsdale more sustainable.

Can anyone nominate a project?

Yes, both self-nominations and nominations for others are welcome.

Who chooses the honoree(s)?

The Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission reviews applications and selects the honoree(s) at their Wednesday, April 17, 2024, meeting.

Are collaborative projects eligible?

Absolutely! We love seeing joint efforts.

When are honoree(s) announced?

During Earth Week 2024.

Can I apply if I was honored before?

Yes, if you have new impactful work.

What makes a nomination stand out?

Projects with measurable success, creativity, and inspiring stories shine the brightest.

Where can I get more information? Who do I contact if I have questions?

Staff Contact:
Lisa McNeilly, Sustainability Director
Email Lisa McNeilly

Past Recipients

R.City (2024)

R.City has been collecting food waste from Scottsdale residents and businesses for 10 years and has diverted millions of pounds of food waste from landfills to be used in local farming. They collect food waste from residents and businesses to produce compost on their farm, which means they can grow produce without the use of chemicals or pesticides. As part of their services, they also offer local, organic produce to Scottsdale's doorsteps.

Witnessing Nature In Food (2019)

Witnessing Nature In Food is an all-organic catering company led by Chef Jennifer Johnson. The company set a >93% landfill diversion goal, uses only reusable, compostable, or recyclable food containers, and offers classes like 'healthy eating on a budget.'

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch (2016)

The Hyatt demonstrates that financial success and environmental stewardship are interrelated and mutually achievable goals. The choices the resort has made were designed, engineered, cost analyzed and then approved by business executives because the return on investment made sense. As Hyatt Regency Scottsdale exemplifies, businesses do not have to choose between the environment and their bottom line.

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