31st annual Environmental Excellence Awards, Nominations, Valley Forward

Searching For Environmental Excellence, 31st Annual Awards

Like most of us, companies and organizations have to do more with less these days. The truly successful have found ways to stay profitable while keeping sustainability a top priority. That’s because environmentally friendly practices can green the bottom line as well and contribute to a more productive and satisfied workforce. A healthy environment leads to a healthy economy and though this isn’t a new concept, it’s one that’s fast growing in popularity.

In fact, the notion of leveraging superior environmental quality for sustainable economic prosperity has been recognized in the Valley for more than 30 years. Throughout the past three decades, Valley Forward’s Environmental Excellence Awards winners have positively impacted the community in countless ways. As varied as the hundreds of award winners have been over the history of Valley Forward’s program, they all have one thing in common – each has had an undeniable impact in the community. And that’s what the Environmental Excellence Awards program is all about.

Known as the Academy Awards of the local environmental community, the Environmental Excellence Awards set standards for the exceptional physical, technical and social development of our metropolitan area. The awards are highly sought by companies both large and small, government agencies, cities and towns, design professionals, educators, media representatives, artists, technicians and others.

Environmental excellence takes many forms — from green buildings, magnificent desert vistas and livable communities to innovative public art, sustainable technologies and environmental education.

Environmental sustainability is more prevalent today than ever. We receive a record number of entries in the competition each year. The program has become a powerful vehicle in advocating for the preservation of natural resources – air, water, open space and our unique desert environment.

Iyou have or know of green initiatives that should be recognized at the 31st annual Environmental Excellence Awards program at the Westin Kierland on Sat., Sept. 17, get your entry in ASAP! The deadline is fast approaching.

Nominations will be accepted through 4 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2011, in the following categories: Buildings and Structures; Livable Communities; Site Development and Landscape; Art in Public Places; Environmental Technologies; Environmental Education/Communication; and Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award).

Nomination forms are available at valleyforward.org or calling (602) 240-2408.

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Diane Brossart

About Diane Brossart

Diane Brossart has a longtime connection with Valley Forward Association, having first joined the non-profit public interest organization 20 years ago. Brossart served on the Valley Forward Board of Directors for several years and was named President of the association in 1991.As President, Brossart oversees a staff of four and manages a host of committees, which focus on such issues as land use planning and desert preservation, transportation and air quality, water concerns and environmental education. Under Brossart's leadership, Valley Forward has received widespread recognition for its role in addressing environmental and quality of life issues in the Valley. Awards include an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9; Award of Distinction from the Western Mountain Region of the American Institute of Architects; and first-place honors from the City of Phoenix Mayor's Environmental Awards Program. Brossart also received the Phoenix Award from the Public Relations Society of America's Phoenix Chapter in 2008, in addition to the 2009 Champion of Sustainability Award through the Phoenix Business Journal's Green Pioneers program. She is also involved as a member of several civic organizations, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley Partnership, Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor and Phoenix Community Alliance.Prior to her work with Valley Forward, Brossart was Vice President of one of the Valley's largest public relations agencies, serving as a marketing consultant to Valley Forward and several commercial accounts. Brossart received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University in 1979 and began her professional career as a reporter for a daily newspaper in metropolitan Detroit.