Call for Nominations–2023 Conservation Development Awards
About CRS’s Watershed Conservation Development Awards
The Cahaba River Society believes that restoring the Cahaba and safeguarding our drinking water supplies can be achieved through transforming the way developments are designed and built. Our annual Watershed Conservation Development awards demonstrate the value of collaborative relationships with many partners to guide and promote development that protects and restores the Cahaba watershed.
Since 2007 CRS has given annual awards recognizing projects in our region that conserve water resources through:
- Environmental site design
- Effective construction best management practices
- LID (low impact development) or nature based solutions for post-construction stormwaterpractices
- Water harvesting and reuse
- Watershed restoration
These awards highlight model projects and prove the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and value of these practices to water resources. The awards also honor the stewardship commitment of firms that invest in these solutions and government leaders who support them, as well as the capability of project team members to deliver quality water-smart development.
Project demonstrates innovative design to restore, protect, or conserve water resources through Low Impact Development post-construction stormwater management, environmental site design, excellence in construction stormwater management, drinking water efficiency, water reuse, and/or watershed restoration.
Project is completed and proven. Completed phase of larger project is eligible if water-smart value can be demonstrated.
Located within the Cahaba watershed (Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Bibb, Dallas and Perry County, generally) or Birmingham metro area
We are especially interested in projects that are influential in leadership for green building for our region, that have educational value, and that can demonstrate the economic value of water-smart approaches.
Application & Selection Process
Please download and complete CRS Conservation Development Awards – Call for Nomination 2023, send it via email, accompanied by up to 4 images (photographs, site plans, etc).
Your brevity will help us review your nomination! Submit electronically (PDF, MSWord or JPG files), submittal deadline January 18th, 2023 to: Ben Wegleitner, River Sustainability Director, [email protected]
With questions contact Ben via email, or call 205-322-5326 ext 412. Selection will be by a committee of CRS Board members and staff. Awards will be given at the Cahaba River Society Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 9th, from 5:30 to 8:00. Awardees will be notified in advance and will be our honored guests at the meeting. CRS seeks media coverage to celebrate the awardees.
PAST AWARD-WINNING PROJECTS
Over the past 10 years, CRS has honored 119 firms, institutions and governments for designing and delivering 25 water projects that meet growth goals while also protecting and restoring water resources.
UAB Express Parking Lot #4
City of Vestavia Hills Meadowlawn Park
Crowne at the Cahaba Apartments
Trussville Civitan Park Cahaba Restoration
Greenwood Park on Village Creek
Univ. of Alabama in Birmingham Water Recovery Program
Children’s of Alabama Expansion Project
The Dunn Building Company Office
B.L. Harbert International Office & Warehouse
Railroad Reservation Park Stormwater System
Alabama Power Company Water Efficiency Retrofit
Birmingham-Southern College Lakeview Residence Hall
Samford University Shades Creek Restoration
The Shops of Grand River
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
Little Shades Creek Restoration
St. Vincent’s Birmingham Water Efficiency Retrofit
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Birmingham-Southern College Urban Environment Park
Bass Pro Shops
Stewart Perry Company Headquarters
Brasfield and Gorrie Headquarters Expansion