Fayetteville seeks nominees for 2023 environmental stewardship award

Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken won the 2022 Mayor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in the business category. (Flyer Photo)

Fayetteville’s Environmental Action Committee is seeking nominations for the 2023 Mayor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.

The annual award recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship, demonstrated through sustainable practices, programs or projects undertaken by community members, non-profit organizations, small businesses or educators that reside or work in Fayetteville.

Last year’s recipients included Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken in the business category and Amelia Southern in the advocacy category. Officials said Dot’s owners Russell and Sarah Ingram use packing, portion cups, side bowls and utensils that are all compostable and provided locally from Food Loops. The Ingrams also use the city’s food waste and compost program to turn packing and food waste into nutrient-rich soil.

The committee will review nominee packets and forward a recommendation to the City Council for approval of the award winner prior to the annual Earth Day celebration in April.

Nominated projects and initiatives should align with one or more of the following achievement areas:

  • Environmental stewardship
  • Pollution prevention
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Recycling and sustainable product lifecycle
  • Environmental, sustainability or resiliency education and outreach
  • Energy conservation
  • Clean energy production and/or innovation
  • Resource conservation, rehabilitation, and reclamation

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2023. Nomination forms and additional information are available at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/stewardshipaward.