Friday, July 19, 2024

Deputy City Manager Richard C. Rossi and Mayor Henrietta Davis, in the first row second and third from the left, sit among recipients of the GoGreen Business Awards.

Is it awards season in Cambridge? Close on the heels of honors for a local choreographer comes the presentation of the second annual Bayard Rustin Service Award to Priscilla Lee and official announcement of who won the city’s GoGreen Awards for environmental efforts.

While the seven GoGreen recipients were honored May 22 at the MIT Museum, Lee is to get her award from the city’s GLBT Commission on June 9 at City Hall during the annual Cambridge Pride Brunch.

This award, established to recognize a person of color with an outstanding history of service to the GLBT community, was named in honor of Bayard Rustin, an American civil rights activist and early adopter of nonviolent protest methods in the 1950s and 1960s. Rustin has been described as an adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and chief organizer of 1963’s famed March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom before turning his attention to GLBT causes in the latter part of his career.

Lee has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked for Cambridge since 1991 as well as being on the board of Mass Equality for several years.

The GoGreen awards went to:

Christina Giacobbe, of the Cambridge Police Department, for the city employee award

The Mystic River Watershed Association, for the community organization award

Karma Yoga Studio, for waste reduction and recycling in small business

Harvard Law School, for waste reduction and recycling in a large organization

TD Bank’s Central Square branch, for an energy award

CRB Consulting Engineers, for the transportation award for small business

Amgen, for the transportation award for a large business and an energy award

Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, an architecture, planning and design firm, for the transportation and climate leader award for large business

Karma Yoga achieved more than 80 percent recycling last year by diverting 2,619 pounds of mixed paper, cardboard, bottles and cans from the trash, while Harvard Law School reduced its campus environmental footprint through recycling, reduction, re-use and composting to a 64 percent composting and recycling rate, city officials said in a press release.

Giacobbe was cited for her leadership in the city’s Green Sense program, which encourages city employees to save energy. Of the Mystic River Watershed Association, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Deputy City Manager Richard C. Rossi noted that they “engage community members in projects to learn about and enjoy the river through environmental education, rain gardens and removing invasive water chestnut plants.”

CRB was lauded for offering complete reimbursement to employees who buy T passes, helping three out of every five employees use transit or walk to work each day and avoiding an estimated 23 tons of C02 emissions a year. Amgen also rewards employees who don’t drive, with nondriving T riders getting free T passes. Employees who walk or bike to work get a monthly bonus.

TD Bank’s Central Square office, opened less than a year ago, built out an existing storefront to be 30 percent to 40 percent more energy efficient. The bank also buys renewable energy credits. Tsoi/Kobus has set a goal to become the first carbon-neutral architectural firm, reducing greenhouse gas emission by 2 percent annually. Through the Carbon Fund, they sequester enough CO2 to offset their remaining emissions, the press release said.

This post took significant amounts of information from press releases.