December 2017

2017 Santa Fe Mayor’s Sustainability Award Winners

Leaders in Sustainability Recognized


The City of Santa Fe and the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission presented the winners of the Sustainability Awards on Nov. 9. Five first-place winners, and four runners-up were recognized for their work contributing to sustainability principles and practices in the community at the annual ceremony at
La Fonda Hotel.


The winners and runners-up by category are:


Environmental Resilience

WINNER: Santa Fe Conservation Trust, for effectively harnessing nature as an ally through it’s conservation easement program. The program aims to enhance the natural environment and make it more resilient to climate change and increase the sequestration of carbon.


RUNNER-UP: Santa Fe Watershed Association, for engaging the community to enhance the watershed as means of protecting water resources.


Social / Quality of Life

WINNER: Homewise, for its Sol Fund, through which solar is made more affordable to low-income households.


RUNNER-UP: Architecture for Everybody + Archinia, for Rachel Preston Prinz’s holistic approach to architecture and historic preservation for underserved communities, and architecture education for all.


Economic Vitality

WINNER: Amenergy, for its innovative AMPower Unit, a unique application of solar energy and battery technologies to provide packaged solutions for emergency and disaster-stricken areas.


Sustainability Leadership

WINNER: Randy Grissom, former president, Santa Fe Community College, for creating the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability & Professional Studies that advances sustainability-related technology education, training and deployment; providing stimulus to the local economy.


RUNNER-UP: Rose Tourje, founder and president of ANEW, and the “L.A. to Santa Fe Project,” which supports underserved communities with furniture that would otherwise go into the waste stream.


Triple-Bottom-Line (Social, Environmental, Financial Framework)

WINNER: Santa Fe Public Schools, for its solar project at Santa Fe High School, which provides energy cost savings for the community, and for providing education in clean energy solutions for students and the community.


RUNNER-UP: Verde Community Project, for creating a unique set of partnerships to address triple-bottom-line issues at the intersection of climate change and poverty alleviation, as administered by YouthWorks and Homewise.


For more information on the awards, contact John Alejandro: 




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