UA announces recipients of inaugural awards

The UA Community nominated an impressive slate of local leaders, projects and partners who have served to advance the cause of sustainability in Greater Des Moines during the past year for our inaugural awards. Nominees and award recipients were recognized at the UA Friendraiser on August 24 in Colby Park, Windsor Heights.

Ambassador of the Year

recognizes an individual who went above and beyond to bring the community together around sustainability ideas

The recipient:

Ralph Chiodo created Forest Avenue Outreach, a faith-based initiative producing healthy food and opportunities for young people in the King-Irving neighborhood, with his wife Rebecca.

The nominees:

  • Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines, is one of the nation’s leading local government officials on issues of sustainability and combating the imminent threat of climate change.

  • Darren Fife is founder of the Walnut Creek Watershed Festival, an annual clean-up event in the Walnut Creek Watershed, and has contributed to numerous other area clean water efforts.

  • Tim Goldman (no photo available) is co-coordinator of the Faith and Grace Garden in West Des Moines.

  • David Hance, a retired attorney, contributes work to countless worthy causes in the community, including, significantly, to the Des Moines Bike Collective operating the organization’s growing B-Cycle bike share program.

  • Lynnae Hentzen promotes sustainability action in the community as host of KFMG Radio’s Green City program.  She served as founding executive director of the Center on Sustainable Communities and in numerous other community roles.

  • Larry James, a Des Moines real estate attorney, was instrumental in organizing an Iowa chapter of the Urban Land Institute which will focus on supporting sustainable development practices, mixed use projects and walkable, human scale neighborhoods.


Project of the Year

recognizes successful efforts to educate and engage the community about sustainability topics

The recipient:

 Beth Hicks, Urban Community Concepts, center

Beth Hicks, Urban Community Concepts, center

Urban Tour de Cluck, Urban Community Concepts

The nominees:

  • Litter Letters Project, 6th Avenue Corridor
  • Open Streets Project, DSMove (no photo available)
  • Window Rehabilitation Workshop, Des Moines Rehabbers Club

Partner of the Year

recognizes a business, government agency, or nonprofit that goes above and beyond helping community-driven sustainability projects succeed

The recipient:

 Aubrey Alvarez, Eat Greater Des Moines, center

Aubrey Alvarez, Eat Greater Des Moines, center

Eat Greater Des Moines

The nominees:

 

  • DSM Hack & UA’s team of volunteer software developers (no photo available)

  • ReWall (no photo available)

  • Iowa’s FoodCorps volunteers

  • RecycleMe Iowa (no photo available)