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Sustainability Incentive Grant (SIG) Information

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Review of Sustainability Incentive Grant Award Criteria

All activities should be documented by keeping a diary of events in which you participated, keeping samples of newsletters, flyers, etc. and taking pictures, which will be submitted in September along with the SIG Award Application. Applications will be evaluated and awarded points, and the points will be translated into cash awards. These awards can amount to well over one thousand dollars to a neighborhood that actively participates in all Green Your Routine events. 

1. Attendance at Green Your Routine Meetings - (1 - 6 points)
Meetings are normally held every other month (December, February, April, July, August, and October) on the 8th floor of City Hall. Attendance by a resident of your neighborhood (usually the Green Your Routine representative) will result in an incentive award of one point per meeting, for a total of six. Representatives must go to three out of six meetings to be awarded any points.

2. Participation in Special Events - 1 - 3 points per person
Please list events in your application with total names and points earned for event. (This list is subject to change.)

  • Sunday Jazz Brunch                                
  • Neighborhood Support Night 
  • Great American Beach Party
  • Big Toy & Truck Extravaganza
  • Starlight Musical Festivals
  • Snyder Park Butterfly Garden Grooming
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collections
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade

Assist with events by helping staff at special events, information tables and with recycling operations and activities. Multiple shifts may be served. Other events may be added throughout the year.

3. Participation in, or sponsorship of, other Neighborhood/Local Projects and Programs - 1 point per event (See Additional Neighborhood Event Criteria.)

Neighborhoods can earn points by coordinating sustainability-related events, projects and activities in their own community where the public is invited to attend. An eligible event is recycling at your neighborhood meetings, street parties, clean up events, or any activities in which your neighborhood participates. Where and whenever trash is generated, there may be an opportunity to recycle. Placing/monitoring recycling bins, distributing information and having environmental/recycling education activities will increase sustainable/recycling awareness. Associations may also earn points by hosting a sustainability workshop, hosting an Earth Day event, having a sustainability professional speak at a general meeting, etc.  

4. Number of Sustainability Articles in Neighborhood Newsletters and Use of Electronic Media - (.5 - 12.5 points)

Those neighborhoods that publish printed or online newsletters on a regular basis are encouraged to print on recycled content paper and include articles concerning sustainable/recycling information and/or events. Stories must include waste reduction, reusing, recycling, buying recycled, litter prevention that includes recycling, pollution prevention, Certified Wildlife Habitat, yard waste contamination, green building with recycled content & energy conservation, or similar (Note: Stories about garbage, HHW, or water management do not count.)

Utilizing social media, such as a website, Facebook or Next Door by updating information, providing a sustainability tab on your website or a link to the City's website to promote sustainability and recycling, results in incentive awards up to 6.5 points. 

A total of half a point to six incentive award points are given based on the number and quality of these published items. Points will be given for using graphics, color and other presentations that make the message “reader-friendly.”

Neighborhood Event Criteria

Neighborhood Events are events held within the City but not organized and sponsored by the City. You are encouraged to look for opportunities in your community to have a sustainability ”presence”, both by educating your neighbors on topics, such as recycling and waste reduction, energy and water conservation, climate resilience, etc., and by putting into practice what you have learned.  


Recycling Bins Present/Recycling & Sustainability Promos Distributed

  • Arrange with Green Your Routine (GYR) Coordinator (with proper advance notice) to pick up recycling event bins for use at event.
  • Get help from the GYR Coordinator---will provide promotionals upon request.
  • Track number of FULL bags of recyclables collected; list items targeted for recycling; number of attendees.
  • Report all of this information for your application at the end of the year.
  • Zero Waste - look for opportunities to reduce trash by generating less in the first place.

*It is your responsibility to document all of these efforts with numbers and photos, when possible.

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