19 Jun Business Results is proud to sponsor the North Florida Green Chamber’s Water Quality Awards
Water is one of our most precious resources, vital for sustaining healthy life. Water is also essential for our economic growth. Water defines the North Florida region from transportation to tourism. From the ocean to the tiniest tributary, we depend on this natural resource for work and for play. To that end, Business Results is proud to sponsor the North Florida Green Chamber’s 2023 Water Quality & Resource Awards. We celebrate those who help protect or improve our regions’ water quality. The Chamber is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Water Quality & Resource Awards in four categories including Creative Landscape, Conservation and Water Reuse, Stormwater Management, and Wetland Protections. The deadline to submit your nominees is July 31. There is no fee to enter.
Category 1: Creative Landscape Award. Successful candidate uses engineering design principals of Low Impact Development to reduce or eliminate flow of stormwater and potential contaminants carried with it from the property to receiving waters or that uses natural systems to manage stormwater and contaminants. Living shorelines, xeriscaping and concepts included in the low impact design manual are good examples as well as other efforts to use existing natural landscape or restoring landscape in order to provide water quality improvement and wildlife habitat. https://www.coj.net/departments/neighborhoods/docs/environmental-quality/epb-sym-2010—lowimpactdev.aspx.
Category 2: Conservation and Water Reuse Award. Successful candidate successfully demonstrates sustainability through reduction of consumption and reuse of resources. Examples include water conservation through low flow facilities and water reuse from converting wastewater or stormwater into water that can be reused for other purposes. Types of reuse include: urban reuse, agricultural reuse (irrigation), environmental reuse, industrial reuse. Reuse may include irrigation of gardens and agricultural fields. Reused water may also be directed toward fulfilling certain needs in residences (e.g. toilet flushing), businesses, and industry. Creative reductions in energy use and resource recycling are included.
Category 3: Stormwater Management Award. Successful candidate demonstrates creative and beneficial stormwater management activities in their Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, either on behalf of their own facility or their client’s, by keeping potential contaminants from stormwater exposure at covered industrial sites or optimizing erosion and sedimentation controls at construction sites.
Category 4: Wetland Protections Award. Candidate demonstrates successful efforts in protecting and enhancing wetlands through project design that avoids impacts to wetlands, including secondary impacts, enhancing wetlands through exotic species removal and hydrologic restoration or other efforts that preserve and expand wetland functions.