City of Encinitas Expands Awards Program and Seeks Nominations for its 2019 Environmental Awards

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:               Inge Bisconer, City of Encinitas Environmental Commissioner, [email protected]  or (619) 507-2920

Encinitas, CA - The City of Encinitas Environmental Commission is proud to announce the expansion of its prestigious Environmental Award Program (EAP), now in its fifth year. The 2019 Environmental Hero Awards will be presented during the Surfing Madonna Moonlight Beach Run on Saturday, October 26, 2019, and the 2019 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship awards will be given at The Encinitas Half Marathon, sponsored by Surfing Madonna, on March 29, 2020.  The deadline to submit nominations is Sunday, September 15th by 12:00 midnight.

This year, in partnership with The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, the EAP seeks to recognize deserving individuals, businesses and non-profits for their commitment to environmental stewardship and outstanding environmental achievements in the City. In addition to the two Excellence in Environmental Stewardship awards that have been historically granted to a for-profit business and a non-profit business each year, the Commission is now adding a new Environmental Hero category to recognize both an adult and a youth that are not necessarily affiliated with a business.

The Environmental Award Program is the first award of its kind in San Diego County and is one of few awarded in the United States. For more information about the history of the award click here: EAP History.

The EAP organizers offer special thanks for the efforts of commissioners Jim Wang and Joy Lyndes, owner of Coastal SAGE Landscape Architecture, for founding this awards program in 2014. The awards were first presented in 2015. In 2018, the awards were made of recycled glass and generously donated by Coastal SAGE. They were presented by City of Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear to Doug Gibson, Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, now called the Nature Collective (Non-profit category) and Brian Callaway, Patagonia Cardiff’s Retail Floor Lead and outdoor enthusiast (Business category).  

To nominate a person or a business, click on the link below:

2019 Encinitas Environmental Award Program Nomination Form

Nominations will remain open until midnight Sunday, September 15, 2019.

About the City of Encinitas

Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 63,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.

About the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project

The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is an Encinitas based 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to building ocean advocates to protect our local coastline and its marine life. The Surfing Madonna has been the recipient of many nationally recognized awards for their tremendous work in building special needs youth surf camps, disabled adult swim programs, scholarships for disadvantaged youth, marine mammal protection initiatives and ocean accessibility projects.

About the Surfing Madonna Beach Run and Encinitas Half Marathon

The Surfing Madonna Beach Run and The Encinitas Half Marathon are subsidiaries of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project which typically donates between $100,000-$150,000 of its proceeds back to the community.  The Beach Run is a current Guinness Book of World Record holding event for the “largest race on sand” and the Half Marathon is San Diego County's second largest and has one of California's most beautiful courses. Runners and walkers from nearly every state across the country come to participate in this annual nationally recognized community event that hosts over 6,500 participants and awards $20,000 in prize money.  

About the Nature Collective

The Nature Collective (formerly San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy) connects lands and hiking trails, provides experiences for people to fall in love with nature, and protects the beauty all around us. It’s a non-profit that stewards lands like the San Elijo Lagoon – and offers engaging events for one and all.

About Patagonia Cardiff

Patagonia Cardiff by the Sea splits its profits between charitable causes and shareholders.  Patagonia engages the community, promotes sustainability and awareness, and combats marine debris through beach cleanups with I Love A Clean San Diego.