The Frederick County Sustainability Commission is accepting nominations for its 2022 Sustainability Awards. These awards recognize individuals and organizations in Frederick County that have made an outstanding contribution in helping the county advance sustainability efforts. Awards are based on demonstrated leadership, innovation and success in sustainability.
Awards are available to (a) Individuals (non-students), (b) Students/Student Groups, (c) Nonprofits, (d) Commercial Enterprises (50 employees and fewer), and (e) Commercial Enterprises (over 50 employees) for efforts such as:
Non Profit Category -Frederick Arts Council's Sky Stage for transforming a boarded pre-Revolutionary War building in downtown historic Frederick into building-scale public art and a center for arts and culture.
Commercial Category - District Farms for using a breakthrough, computer-controlled hydroponic growing system for leafy greens that leads to reduced CO2 emissions, 95% less water use than conventionally-grown leafy greens, and zero use of pesticides and herbicides.
Individual Category -Lawrence "Jake" Romanell for leading numerous New Market green efforts as a resident and Town Council member and fostering community engagement. Results of his efforts include an electric vehicle charging station at Town Hall, a pond conversion project that purifies stormwater runoff and increases tree cover, safe walking trails, a New Market Girl Scout compost bin project, and rain barrel and composting workshops.
Student Category - Jordan Heyrend for creating and leading a project to collect old coats and jackets and distribute them to those in need in Frederick County.
Click here for more information about award winners from the past.