On November 14, 2012, Growing Blue presented its first annual Growing Blue Award to the Milwaukee Water Council for its comprehensive efforts to build collaboration among regional companies, governments, universities and entrepreneurs in order to support economic growth and position Milwaukee as an important global water hub. Download a copy of the winning presentation here.
The award was presented at the 2012 American Water Summit in Chicago, in cooperation with summit host Global Water Intelligence, and was based on a live vote by summit attendees that included thought leaders from the public and private sectors. During the summit, each finalist presented its program results to the audience. Once all presentations were completed, audience members selected the winner via handheld voting devices. The resulting winner was announced at the conclusion of the day.
Nine organizations were nominated for the award by the executive committee of Growing Blue, a collaboration of 11 diverse organizations active in the environmental and water fields. The 2012 finalists included Ceres, Louisville Water Company, the Milwaukee Water Council and the Water Environment Federation.
The Growing Blue Award will be presented on an annual basis. Nominations are reviewed by the Growing Blue Executive Committee throughout the year, and therefore, members of Growing Blue are not eligible for the award. Check back for information on the 2013 Growing Blue Award application process. Details will be shared soon.
About the Award
The Growing Blue Award recognizes individuals, organizations and government entities that are advancing public understanding of water’s essential role in economic and social growth and sustaining the environment.