Sustainability Award

The award is centered on the concept of innovative practices in relation to the 5 R’s of responsible waste management: Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot.  These include, but are not limited to: composting, and energy technology, renewable energy, and the practice and awareness of how materials are being used, processed, and consumed.  The award will recognize those who take the initiative to reduce, repair, reuse, recycle, and rot at their homes, businesses, nonprofit organizations, community groups and cities.

It is expected that an award recipient would be a leader at least four of the following good stewardship practices:

  • Have clearly defined and formal personal or organizational goals and/or policies towards waste reduction that influence others (either internally or through outreach efforts).
  • Showcases innovations in waste reduction and consumption.
  • Use renewable resources or other sustainable practices in reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering to change overall consumption.
  • Other innovations that significantly improve the environment.
  • Activities that promote waste reduction, reuse, recycling, or recovery.
  • Implemented projects that address or emphasize cost effectiveness and sustainable measures.
  • Implemented projects that address social equity; for example, address the needs of underrepresented or hard to reach markets.
  • Emphasizes waste reduction through: recycling; reuse, green purchases, or other waste diversion practices.
  • Use technology or other innovations.

 Eligibility Criteria:

Competition is open to all County of Riverside residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, professional and trade associations, communities, and state and local government entities.

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2016 Award Recipients

Back row:  Corinne Awad (Riverside County Department of Waste Resources Public Affairs Coordinator), Supervisor John Benoit (Fourth District), Hans Kernkamp (Riverside County Department of Waste Resources General Manager-Chief Engineer), Supervisor Chuck Washington (Third District), Supervisor Kevin Jeffries (First District), Supervisor Marion Ashley (Fifth District)
Middle Row:  Matt Friedlander (Habitat for Humanity Riverside Restore, Director or Resource and Development), Mayor Rusty Bailey (City of Riverside), Alex Braicovich (CR&R, Director of Government Affairs), Jim Carter (South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Owner & Operator)
First Row:  Stephanie Morales (Americorp Volunteer representing Habitat for Humanity Riverside Restore), Diane Russom (College of the Desert, Director of the McCarthy Childhood Development Center),


On April 26, 2016, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors recognized the following businesses and organizations, one from each supervisorial district,  that have implementing sustainable practices: 

* Habitat for Humanity Riverside Restore, which repurposes, recycles, and resells materials daily, which contributes to its mission of making housing affordable and, in turn, diverting tons from the landfills. 

* The City of Riverside is a leader in municipal sustainability. The City has converted 89 percent of its non-emergency fleet to clean-fuel vehicles. The city’s efforts have been recognized several times and it has been dubbed the “Emerald City” by the California Department of Conservation for Achievements in Sustainability. 

* South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has implemented many diversion and conservation practices such as recycling all bottles, recycling cooking oil into diesel fuel, drip irrigation systems, and an extensive composting program that helps divert over 28 tons of green waste a year from landfills. South Coast has achieved certification in California Sustainable Winegrowing by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

* College of the Desert McCarthy Child Development Center provides an extensive early childhood program and teaches the importance of sustainability by setting good examples. It reuses and repurposes most teaching materials and compost on-site. A preschool garden serves a garden-to-table approach that last summer generated over 500 pounds of food for the children and families.

* CR&R has a great recycling infrastructure, including three material recovery facilities that handle mixed waste and commingled recyclables, two green waste composting facilities, a dedicated construction and demolition facility and a compressed natural gas fueling station located in Perris. CR&R is on a path to zero waste with its anaerobic digestion facility project. This project provides a significant path to divert green waste and food waste from landfills.

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