The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) today announced that nominations are open for the 10th Annual Greening & Public Realm Awards.
Since 2010, the Greening Awards have celebrated the most outstanding examples of private greening in downtown Minneapolis. Greening is one of the DID’s key initiatives. The awards recognize and reward downtown’s greenest spaces.
DID hopes the awards will inspire and encourage greening in all downtown businesses and spaces, therefore making the entire downtown mpls community a greener place.
“Downtown’s vibrancy and its green spaces are undoubtedly linked, and we are proud that downtown Minneapolis continues to get greener each year,” said Steve Cramer, President & CEO of the Mpls Downtown Improvement District. “The Greening Awards are our way of highlighting efforts by individuals, organizations and neighborhoods in our community who truly make a big impact on our city’s vibrancy through incredible greening efforts.”
During the 2019 nomination process, there are a variety of ways to show support for your favorite green spaces in downtown Minneapolis. Nominations are open to the public and can be made in several different ways.
Photos of each location during nomination are not required but are helpful in describing the location.
Nominations will be open through August 11. The nominations that the DID receives will be categorized and finalists will then be selected for each category by the DID staff. The finalists in every category will be publicly voted on later this summer to determine the winners of each 2019 Greening & Public Realm Award.
In 2018, there were a total of 12 Greening & Public Realm Award winners. The 2018 Greening Awards featured four first-time winners as well as Loring Greenway winning its ninth consecutive Greening Award. Winners included: Colonial Warehouse Allyway (Small Activated Space), Westminster Presbyterian Church (Small Green Space, Public Realm Improvement), The Commons (Large Activated Space), Loring Greenway (Large Green Space), The Local (Façade Greening), Nicollet Lanterns by Blessing Hancock (Public Art), Brit’s Pub (Outdoor Café), Fulton Taproom (Streetscape Greening), Nicollet (Streetscape Green Infrastructure), Aloft Apartments (Entryway Greening), and Loring Park (Best Neighborhood).