San Francisco 2015 Community Award Winners

Community Award Judges

Sandra Hans, Founder - San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International

Marissa LaManga, Founder and Executive Director, Bay Area Green Tours

Michele Molitor, CEO - Nectar Consulting, Inc.

1st Place: All One Ocean-a Project of Earth Island Institute - All One Ocean (AOO) has a simple, community-based solution to ocean trash: Beach Clean Up Stations. These Stations, requested and managed by local communities, are mounted at entrances to beaches and watersheds, providing an easy, sustainable way for community members to make every day beach cleanup day. The Green Festival Community Award would allow us to greatly expand the reach of our community-driven ocean advocacy programs. The award would provide funding in three crucial areas: it would support the installation of five Beach Clean Up Stations, update the educational signage for six of our Stations, and provide education to people in 18 communities served by our Stations.

San Francisco Finalists:

San Bruno Mountain Watch - Working to save San Bruno Mountain and its three endangered butterflies from extinction. Funding from a grant from the Green Festival will support our work protecting the endangered Mission Blue and the Callippe Silverspot butterflies by connecting people from surrounding communities to the ecosystems that support those butterflies on the Mountain. The potential extinction of these butterflies represents a wider, global threat and a scenario we cannot accept. We believe that the best way to communicate the urgency of this loss is to introduce people to an intact ecosystem near where they live, so that they can become intimate with it and with the factors that threaten its survival.

Communities for a Better Environment - Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1978 with a mission to build people's power in California's communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments. This project is a response to address Elmhurst residents' concern in seeing community-based developments that tackles the local impacts of pollution, blight and other multiple health stressors. The funds will be used to stipend 3-5 community residents to lead the project, cover programmatic costs associated with the community meeting/trainings, and award contest winners.

Rising Sun Energy Center – Rising Sun's California Youth Energy Services program trains and employs 180 youth each year in twenty different cities in six Bay Area counties. The youth work as Energy Specialists, providing energy and water efficiency upgrades to approximately 5,000 homes each year. Rising Sun will utilize the Green Festivals Community Award to support our California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program. The CYES program is unique in that it provides valuable energy and water efficiency services to local residents at absolutely no cost while, at the same time, paying youth Energy Specialists (instead of using volunteers) and providing them with valuable hard and soft skill training and professional development.

SaveNature.Org - Smiles of Hope - Bringing Nature and Smiles to hospitalized children is an exclusive hands-on science experience for young patients at the Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco. For the past 20 years, SaveNature.Org has been a pioneer and a model for how to appropriately address the social, emotional and developmental needs of each child and their family in a culturally sensitive manner. Funds from the Community Award will provide twenty 60-minute visits providing enrichment activities for the children and their families. The Green Festival's philanthropy will be recognized as working with common purpose to reconnect hospitalized children and their siblings with nature, creating a love and happiness for the natural world.