Senior Citizen of the Year Award (with Lifetime Achievement Award consideration)

The City of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission in partnership with the Encinitas Rotary Club is pleased to announce that they will be honoring an Encinitas resident for the 2020 Senior Citizen of the Year Award.

The Senior Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a deserving senior citizen who demonstrates outstanding volunteerism, leadership, helping, teaching, mentoring, or advocating for others in the City of Encinitas. The award will be based on dedication, overarching commitment, and demonstrated impact of those served.

New this year is the opportunity to nominate a senior citizen not only for Senior of the Year but also for consideration of a Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award is reserved for the highest caliber of nominees, with outstanding acts performed not only in 2020 but in previous years as well.*The Lifetime Achievement Award is not an annual award. 

The Award recipient will be honored at a City Council meeting with a perpetual plaque housed at the Encinitas Senior Center.  Additionally, they will be recognized as the guest of honor at an Encinitas Rotary Club virtual meeting and invited to participate in the Encinitas Holiday Parade as a special guest of the Senior Citizen Commission (pending the lift of COVID-19 restrictions and safety mandates.)

Anyone may nominate a senior citizen by completing a nomination form and mailing it to the City of Encinitas, Senior Citizen of Year Award, Parks and Recreation Department, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024 between February 2, 2021, and March 18, 2021 or by emailing it to [email protected].  Note: Mailed applications must be postmarked by March 18, 2021 and emailed submissions must be received by 4pm on March 18, 2021. Due to Covid-19 nomination forms will not be accepted in person.*Senior Citizen Commissioners are not eligible to make a nomination.

Senior Citizen of the Year Nomination Form (pdf)

For more information regarding this award, please contact Christie Goodsell, City of Encinitas Recreation Center Manager at 760-943-2251 or [email protected].


Encinitas Environmental Award Program

City of Encinitas Environmental Commission's Environmental Award Program Logo: Royal Blue Background with 2 Green Leaves and the words

Update: June 1, 2021

And the 2020 Encinitas Environmental Award Winners are…
The 2020 Environmental Award Winners were announced at the beginning of the April 28, 2021 City Council Meeting. Awardees were invited to speak and show their recycled glass trophies:

2020 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Non-profit Organization category:
San Diego Botanic Garden

Now in its 50th year, San Diego Botanic Garden is the preeminent plant conservation institute of the region, and one of the most important botanic gardens in the country. The Garden educates over 1,000 students per year through formal programs, with special focus on field trips and classroom support for Title 1 and other underserved schools in Encinitas and San Diego County. The Garden serves as a world class plant conservation and education institution right in the heart of Encinitas and works with the City to maintain the natural areas around Cottonwood Creek Park.

2020 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship For-profit Business category:  
BCK Programs

BCK instructors train public elementary school students as young as kindergarteners how to sort their lunchtime waste and compost food scraps, and run programs in recycling, energy conservation, air pollution and litter prevention. In the middle schools, BCK has worked diligently with students to create a 75% diversion rate, and students from 5th grade to 12th grade are given the opportunity to dig deep into water pollution issues through BCK’s popular SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) Internship Program. The program has instructed thousands of Encinitas students with the hope that they become informed Encinitas citizens passionate about protecting the environment.

2020 Environmental Hero, Youth (under 18) category:
Danny Sheehan

Danny is a volunteer with the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) at Paul Ecke Elementary school and an active monitor of our local Marine Protection Act. He is an accomplished surfer and is passionate about protecting the natural beauty of our ocean environment and reversing the damage already caused by humans. On many occasions he has confronted and successfully convinced older youth to stop destructive actions to sea life. Danny has demonstrated environmental consciousness well beyond his young years.

2020 Environmental Hero, Adult category:  
Torrey Neel

Torrey has been involved with the California Native Plants Society, where she demonstrates an increased awareness on the importance of native plants to our California ecosystem. Prior to starting a native plant nursery in Leucadia, Torrey would start seeds and place them out for members of the Encinitas community to plant for free. She has volunteered at the San Diego Botanic Garden, and her inspiration has meant much to both people and the all-important natural environment.

The Environmental Award Program:
The Environmental Commission recognizes deserving individuals, businesses, and non-profits for their commitment to environmental stewardship and outstanding environmental achievements in the City of Encinitas. Two Excellence in Environmental Stewardship awards have been historically granted to a for-profit business and a non-profit business each year since the program's founding in 2014 and inauguration in 2015 by Environmental Commissioners Jim Wang and Joy Lyndes.  In 2019, under the leadership of Environmental Commissioners Inge Bisconer and Christian Adams, a new Environmental Hero category was added to recognize both an adult and a youth who are not necessarily affiliated with a business. Candidates are peer-nominated and must be Encinitas residents or located in Encinitas.  Winners are selected by an independent jury of recognized environmental leaders.

Environmental Award Program History and Past Winners

Environmental Commission Work Plan FY 2021-2022

Environmental Commission Contact: Erik Steenblock (760) 943-2108

The Encinitas Environmental Commission meets regularly on the second (2nd) Thursday of the month at 5:30PM.