In recognition of 15 years of bringing fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods throughout the District, FRESHFARM Markets has been named one of the 2012 Mayor‘s Sustainability Award winners. FRESHFARM Markets Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors Ann Yonkers and Bernadine Prince received the award from Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday, June 14th at the House of Sweden. FRESHFARM Markets was selected for its leadership role in creating a more sustainable District of Columbia.
The award is the culmination of over a decade of creating vibrant urban and community places via producer-only farmers markets, providing economic opportunities for farmers and artisanal producers and showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty. It also comes on the heels of being awarded the Washingtonian “Green Giant” award this past May. FRESHFARM Markets is thrilled to be recognized in the company of many of its partners including the Downtown DC Bid, Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar and the Hotel Monaco.
“As FRESHFARM Markets celebrates 15 years of providing fresh,
healthy food to neighborhoods in the District through our producer-only farmers markets and related programs which has made us a nationwide leader in the local food movement, we are deeply honored to receive the 2012 Mayor’s Sustainability Award and to be recognized with other sustainability leaders in our home town by the community we serve, ” Ann Yonkers and Bernadine Prince, FRESHFARM Markets Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors.
Here’s a little about the Awards:
Since 2009, the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards (previously called the
Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards) has been acknowledging the outstanding achievements in sustainability made by individuals, businesses, schools, institutions, and organizations.
The winners’ projects and programs support the Mayor’s Sustainability Plan, which includes the built environment, climate, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, water, and the green economy. Other related topics include energy and water conservation, pollution prevention or reduction, resource conservation, low impact development, storm water management practices, green building construction and operation, sustainability initiatives, innovative technology, “green” products or services, recycling/composting, environmental leadership, environmenta education, and employee commitment. Summaries and case studies on Award winners are part of an on-line library of best environmental practices in the District, which is posted on DDOE’s website, www.ddoe.dc.gov.