Climate and Health Champions Recognition Program

The Climate and Health Champions Recognition Program 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.  

TIMEFRAME FOR NOMINATIONS

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

POTENTIAL PROJECT AREAS

Solutions, practices, or policies may include but are not limited to water collection/distribution, water conservation, school or community garden building, access to or preparation of healthy foods, tree planting, community cleanup/beautification, composting or recycling programs, 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.) 

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 form). For questions about the application process, email Vjollca Berisha at vjollcaberisha@mail.maricopa.gov. 

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