Sustainable Contra Costa 2017 Leadership in Sustainability Award Winners


The awards will be presented at The 9th Annual  Contra Costa Leadership in Sustainability Awards Gala: an inspiring evening of hope and celebration, supporting the local sustainability movement

  • Date/Time: September 20th, 2017, 6-9 pm
  • Location: Hilton Concord, 1970 Diamond Boulevard, Concord, CA 94502
  • Admission: $37.50 – $50 (Bring friends or family & save with our special offer: four tickets for the price of three)
  • Online registration and Information:

The Contra Costa Leadership in Sustainability Award is given to those who demonstrate outstanding commitment and leadership in building healthy, beautiful and resilient communities for all generations to enjoy.

2017 Leadership in Sustainability Award Winners

Sustainable Communities Awards

  • Julie Haas-Wajdowicz, from Antioch
    Julie Haas-Wajdowicz, Environmental Resource Coordinator  for the City of Antioch, works tirelessly to promote a variety of causes that promote sustainable practices, environmental stewardship and community engagement. For nearly 15 years, Julie has managed and developed programs that reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, and eliminate water pollution.
  • New Leaf Collaborative, Martinez

Sustainable Resource Management Awards

  • Rising Sun Energy Center, County-wide, based in Berkeley
  • Daily Digital Imaging, Pleasant Hill
  • Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority
    Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (ECCTA), also known as Tri Delta Transit, has been a member of the Contra Costa Green Business Program for over ten years. ECCTA provides fixed route and paratransit public transport services to almost 315,000 residents in eastern Contra Costa County. More than 80% of transit-dependent passengers are from low income households. ECCTA received its first Sustainable Contra Costa award in 2011. Since then it has made even greater strides in promoting sustainability and community development. CCTA’s safe, reliable, and inexpensive public transport is beneficial to the environment, the community, saves on highway wear and tear, and is a greener option to driving. ECCTA is proud of their steps to reduce its overall impact on the environment.

Rising Stars Award

  • Girl Scout Troop 33333, Martinez

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Kathryn Lyddan, Lafayette

Full summaries of the winners available here:

EVENT DETAILS: The gala is a fun and festive event recognizing and celebrating individuals and organizations throughout the region for their outstanding contributions and commitment to

creating a healthy environment, economy, and community.  It draws 250 dynamic and engaged Bay Area sustainability leaders and activists from the business, educational, government and nonprofit sectors.  Tickets include food, dessert, wine and beer from our sustainable partners such as True Food Kitchen, Sunrise Bistro, Chef Lauren Mahlke, DVC Culinary Arts, Captain, Viano, & Hannah Nicole Vineyards, and Calicraft Brewing.

The gala will also feature live music and a silent auction of exciting local goods and services.  Following the reception will be a brief presentation of awards to those who demonstrate exceptional commitment and leadership in making Contra Costa a healthy, resilient place to live, work, and play for generations to come.  In addition to the Leadership in Sustainability Awards, Central San will present their Pollution Prevention Awards, and Contra Costa County’s Green Business Program will highlight Certified Green businesses..

This year’s event theme is “Our Choices, Our Impact”, focusing on the choices we make as consumers and how these choices affect the environment around us.  Sustainable Contra Costa has committed to using the 10 One Planet Living Principles as a framework for all programs; to highlight this commitment there will be an exhibit at the gala demonstrating each principle.

This is the annual fundraiser supporting Sustainable Contra Costa’s work to educate and inspire people to grow food, save water, conserve energy, and create a healthy, resilient community.

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