Climate and Health Champions Recognition Program

The Maricopa County Climate and Health Champions Recognition Programclimate-champions-final was established in 2017 as part of the Bridging Climate Change and Public Health (BCCPH) Strategic Plan in an effort to spread information about successful interventions and to build community awareness and knowledge. This countywide recognition program will identify and celebrate local youth, individuals, businesses, and organizations that are taking steps to reduce risks of climate-sensitive hazards and work toward implementing sustainable solutions or eco-friendly practices/policies aimed at improving health and health equity.  

2018 Climate and Health Champion Awards
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:
December 18, 2017 through March 31, 2018

OVERVIEW

The Climate and Health Champion Awards recognize local youth, individuals, businesses, and organizations that are taking steps toward implementing sustainable solutions, ecofriendly practices, or policies aimed at improving health and/or improving health equity (through elimination of economic or social barriers to health) that are at risk of climate-sensitive hazards.

Climate-sensitive hazards are exposures such as poor air quality, heat, flooding, drought, wildfires, dust storms, vector-borne disease, etc. that put people’s heath at risk and are influenced by local- to global-scale climate change

ELIGIBILITY

A Youth Nominee:

  • Must live and attend school in Maricopa County
  • Must be age 18 years or younger

An Individual Nominee:

  • Must live and/or work in Maricopa County
  • May be community leaders; representatives; or volunteers, including but not limited to, health professionals (physicians, nurses); educators; journalists; or community organizers

A Business Nominee:

  • Must operate in Maricopa County
  • Must be from the private sector

An Organization Nominee:

  • Must operate in Maricopa County
  • May be a school, nonprofit, public organization, or governmental organization

EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Projects eligible for nomination under this recognition program include a wide variety of activity types, such as adopting a specific policy within an organization; advocating for a policy to be adopted more broadly outside of a specific organization; or implementing a tangible solution within a community or environment  aimed at improving health and linked to climate-sensitive hazards. Climate-sensitive hazards are exposures that we know put people’s health at risk and are influenced by local- to global-scale climate change.

We encourage consideration of risks that affect one group of people more than another. Examples of eligible projects might include water collection/distribution to address high summer temperatures, water conservation to address the potential for drought and water scarcity, school or community garden building, tree planting to increase shade or combat air pollution, community cleanup/beautification to encourage walking or biking, composting or recycling programs that reduce landfill trash, energy conservation, trip reduction programs, hybrid fleet programs, or assisting vulnerable populations (children and older adults, individuals with physical/cognitive impairment, individuals living in poverty, individuals experiencing homelessness, etc.) with adapting to climate change.

JUDGING CRITERIA AREAS

Innovative Approach
Reproducibility
Impact
Health Equity
Collaboration
Engagement/Service of Vulnerable Populations
Length of Project Implementation

HOW TO APPLY

Complete a brief online Nomination Form and upload a Letter of Nomination (see criteria description at the end of the online form) through March 31, 2018. For questions about the application process, email Vjollca Berisha at vjollcaberisha@mail.maricopa.gov.

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