Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Categories
Each year, the Georgia Tree Council rewards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. One Grand Award is given to selected nominees in the following categories:
- Marketing: Recognizes a group or individual who develops an outstanding marketing plan that incorporates specific objects, a target audience, and strategies to increase urban forestry awareness.
- Streetscape Revitalization: Recognizes a city or design firm that has made outstanding contributions to the revitalization of an existing urban streetscape using large shade trees to define outdoor spaces, shade sidewalks and streets, help create a pedestrian environment, and increase economic appeal.
- Greenspace Plan: Recognizes a community that has executed a greenspace plan emphasizing the importance of passive recreation, connectivity of parks and paths, homes for wildlife, and air quality in our urban environments.
- New Development: Recognizes new development that focuses on good urban forestry practices, such as tree preservation and protection, use of pervious pavement, and working with natural ecosystems.
- New Initiative: Recognizes a non-profit group or individual with a brand new urban forestry program in the state of Georgia. The program must have demonstrated some action within the past year.
- Business: Recognizes a company or an individual whose business efforts have supported or promoted Georgia’s urban forests.
- Media: Recognizes an individual or company for efforts to publicize tree events, tree protection, and/or Georgia’s urban forestry efforts. This category is open to newspapers, newsletters, magazines, radio, television, and public relations firms.
- Civic Organization: Recognizes an organization, such as a non-profit tree group, tree board, homeowner association, garden club or others for exceptional efforts to protect and promote Georgia’s urban forests.
- Community: Recognizes a county, city, town or neighborhood that has built a program to value, conserve, manage, and enhance the urban environment. The program must show sustainability and demonstrate that it is moving to build capacity.
- Elected/Appointed Official: Recognizes an elected or appointed official who has made outstanding contributions to the development, protection and maintenance of the urban forest. This may include establishing a tree ordinance or tree board or directing money and support to non-profit tree programs.
- Education: Recognizes a person or an institution that has been prominently creative and effective in an effort to inform or educate Georgians about trees and natural resources in the urban environment.
- Individual Achievement: Recognizes a person who has made outstanding contributions to urban forestry efforts in Georgia.
- Student: Recognizes a student who has made an exceptional contribution to Georgia’s urban forest.
- Urban Arboriculture: Recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding tree care in an urban environment. The entry focuses on tree preservation or restoration that might include pruning, fertilization, transplanting or any other approved arboricultural practice that might prolong the life of the tree(s).