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Nominations open to recognize DeKalb residents championing environmental causes

PRIDE award nominations by DeKalb Citizens’ Environmental Commission now open

DeKALB – A citywide commission is accepting nominations for its annual award that recognizes DeKalb residents, businesses or organizations championing environmentally minded causes.

The DeKalb Citizens’ Environmental Commission is accepting nominations for the 2021 PRIDE, or People Responsible for Improving DeKalb’s Environment, Awards, according to a recent announcement from the City of DeKalb.

The awards, in its 28th year, recognize local residents, organizations or businesses in DeKalb that have “significantly improved the quality of life in DeKalb through projects, activities, or programs emphasizing resource conservation, energy efficiency, beautification, waste reduction or similar environmental improvements.”

Those conducting projects or programs aimed at increasing public awareness and knowledge of specific environmental issues are also eligible for award consideration, according to the city.

The Citizens’ Environmental Commission is a volunteer commission appointed the DeKalb mayor and City Council to promote an increased awareness and understanding of environmental issues in DeKalb and recommend practical means for environmental improvement, the release states.

To submit nominations, visit the city of DeKalb website at cityofdekalb.com and complete the nomination form. Completed nominations can be sent by regular mail, email, fax, or hand delivered to:

Scott Zak, Management Analyst, city of DeKalb, 164 East Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

Email: scott.zak@cityofdekalb.com

Phone: 815-748-2396

Fax: 815-748-2091

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 3 p.m. Nov. 30.

All nominations will be reviewed by the city’s Citizens’ Environmental Commission, which will make the selections. Awards will be presented by the commission chair at the DeKalb City Council meeting in December.