Winners will be announced in the following categories at the Convene for Green Reception immediately following the program on March 9th:
- Leadership In Sustainability Award – Individuals
- Sustainable Community Award – Private Corporation, Jurisdiction or Nonprofit Organizations
- Sustainable Future Award – Student, Teacher or School
Green Chips Sustainable Leadership Award 2016: Betsy Fretwell
City of Las Vegas City Manager Elizabeth N. Fretwell was sworn in as city manager in 2009. To ensure the city would rebound once the economy recovered from the recession, Ms. Fretwell was instrumental in implementing the Mayor and City Council’s sustainability resolutions. Ms. Fretwell recognizes the importance of sustainability to the City of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and has written and spoken about the City’s strategic and cost effective investments and achievements in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling, which have made the City a nationally recognized leader in sustainability. She has also advocated for the City to become the first “net-zero” city in America and was instrumental in helping the City reach an agreement with NV Energy to received 100% of the City’s retail load from renewable sources.
Green Chips Sustainable Community Award 2016: Spread The Word Nevada
Spread the Word Nevada is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501 (C)(3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 3.3 million gently used and new books to more than 420,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada.
Green Chips Sustainable Future Award 2016: Cheryl Wagner
Cheryl has worked at the Clark County School Partnership office and has helped numerous partners in the green community on projects with schools, students, and teachers. She focuses on building community partnerships in STEM and has played a part in many projects large and small. Most recently she helped to host the first annual Green School Summit this past fall. Her work with the School-Community Partnership Program is dedicated to improving academic achievement, fostering successful individuals and enriching student experiences by connecting schools with business and community resources. She works with business and community partners in many ways to bring mentors, speakers and more to our teachers and students.