Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is Seeking Nominations to Recognize Citizens for their Outstanding Environmental Contributions


 The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Nature Centers Commission citizen advisory board are seeking nominations for the annual Star Awards.  Nominations are accepted in the categories of Star Volunteer, Star Good Neighbor and Star Green Business.

The Star Volunteer award honors the volunteer that has contributed the most time, energy and enthusiasm volunteering in City of Gainesville nature parks or programs during the year.

The Star Good Neighbor award recognizes the efforts of individuals, groups or organizations that help to maintain and preserve natural areas within the City of Gainesville. Awardees are recognized for their positive impact in promoting environmental awareness, environmental stewardship or other environmental contribution.

The Green Business award recognizes environmentally-friendly businesses operating within the City of Gainesville.  A business is eligible if they have installed and maintained native landscaping, Florida-friendly landscaping or preserved large amounts of native canopy and shrubs during construction, over and above development requirements; or they have successfully implemented green building and best management practices; or they have utilized some other sustainable or environmentally-responsible feature or practice that preserves, protects or enhances the natural environment within the City of Gainesville.  

Anyone may submit a nomination, but hurry, the deadline is Nov. 7, 2017 for service provided between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017.  

The 2016 Star Volunteer Award recipients were Jean Lansford and Carson Bell, the 2016 Good Neighbor Award was presented to Thomas Fasulo and John D. Jopling and the 2016 Star Green Business Award recipients were Green Clean Homes and Searchlight Yoga.

Please visit for a mobile-friendly nomination form or contact Ella Bernhardt-Brooks at for more information.