SECRETARY'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY
The Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Sustainability Competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in sustainability for California museum projects in two areas: public education or internal operations. The competition is the joint project of the sponsors, the California Association of Museums (CAM) and the California Natural Resources Agency. We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability, with a deadline of Friday, May 17th. We look forward to recognizing projects whose impact on sustainability serve as models for the field.
All types of museums are invited to submit entry forms, including zoos, aquariums, science centers, children’s museums, botanical gardens, and historical societies. Each museum that enters must be located in California and be a legally organized nonprofit organization or government entity. Foundations, friends groups, or services organizations that collaborate with multiple museums to administer the program are also eligible. Museums of all sizes are encouraged to apply. The Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Sustainability is designed to recognize a wide spectrum of the museum community's impact on sustainability and green initiatives.
Projects can fall into one of two sustainability concept categories: public education or internal operations. The 2019 Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability will award projects that were conducted between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The entry submission deadline is Friday, May 17, 2019.
No entry fee is required. CAM membership is encouraged, but not required.
Click here to review entry instructions and scoring rubric.
Prior to referring the entries to the California Secretary for Natural Resources for final selection, a Selection Committee will score the entries based on the following criteria:
· Concept (maximum 4 points),
· Evidence of Excellence (maximum 4 points),
· Planning / Evaluation (maximum 4 points), and
· Innovation (maximum 4 points).
Presentation of Awards
All entrants will be notified of the award results in Summer 2019. The winning programs will be presented with their awards by the California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot (or his designee) at a CAM event with date and location to be announced. The Representatives will give a short presentation about their award-winning program that same day. The winner will also receive statewide recognition through CAM and the California Natural Resources Agency, which may include announcements in CAM eNews, a press release generated from the California Natural Resources Agency, and information on the competition sponsors’ websites and social media networks.