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Raleigh Announces 2021 Environmental Award Winners

Celebrating Environmental Action in Raleigh

Today, the City of Raleigh announced the winners of its 2021 Environmental Awards. These awards, given each year by the Environmental Advisory Board, celebrate excellence and commitment to environmental stewardship, climate action, and conservation by the residents and businesses of Raleigh.  This year’s recipients demonstrate commitment to environmentalism, community engagement, the business case for environmental action, and simultaneously serving environmental aims and building equity in our communities,

This year's recipients include: 

Amin Davis, Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award
Amin spends his professional and personal time dedicated to preserving natural spaces and engaging community members in conservation.

Stacie Hagwood and the Walnut Creek Wetland Park Trash Task Force, Community Action Award
This community group was convened at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Wetland Park to generate solutions for illegal dumping and littering in the Southeast Raleigh area.

Gateway Plaza, Business Innovation for Environmental Stewardship Award
This shopping development by LODEN Properties has removed impervious surface and created community spaces with green stormwater infrastructure, a model for new development.

Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex, Climate Action Award for Energy and Waste
The Raleigh Convention Center and Performing Arts Complex has modeled renewable energy, energy conservation, waste reduction, pollinator protection, recycling and composting for all its visitors.

Southeast Raleigh YMCA and Elementary School, Climate Action Award, Equity
This collaboration between YMCA of the Triangle and Wake County Public School System promotes environmentalism and equity for its students and the community.

Wake County Technical College, Climate Action Award, Transportation
Wake Tech has partnered with GoTriangle to remove the transportation barrier to education for its students, encouraging public transit use and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Tar River Land Conservancy, Climate Action Award Land Conservation
Tar River Land Conservancy has protected nearly 400 acres of land, which improves the quality of Raleigh’s drinking water, protects biodiversity and offers recreation opportunities for community members.

Additionally, each year, Raleigh Water recognizes organizations and projects that protect and preserve our drinking watershed. This year’s honorees are:

Caterpillar Foundation
The Caterpillar Foundation dedicated critical funding to preserving forests and wetlands to protect water supply watersheds by allowing natural systems to filter water and reduce stormwater impacts.

East Carolina University Environmental Health Sciences Program
This ECU Program worked to stabilize and improve drainage along the Lick Creek Portion of the Falls Lake Watershed.

Find out more about our winners’ projects. 


Applications are now open for the 2022 Environmental Awards, Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest, and Trashion Competition. Find out more and apply today at 




Nicole Goddard

Office of Sustainability