Posted: Jan 23, 2008 – 04:04 PM EST
Jan. 23 /CSRwire/ - Washington, D.C. - January 23, 2008 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today announced a new recognition program that rewards communities for their proficiency in economic planning, ability to attract new business, and capability to successfully take on 21st century challenges like environmental stewardship. The "Siemens Sustainable Community Prizes" will recognize governments, chambers of commerce, convention bureaus, economic development authorities, and similar organizations.
"Many communities manage their growth and development with a dual focus on environmental stewardship and economic competitiveness," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "BCLC and Siemens have partnered to bring national attention to this innovative approach to sustainable development."
To be eligible for the Siemens Sustainable Community Prizes, communities must demonstrate several characteristics of a sustainable community. These requirements include partnership and stakeholder involvement, as well as demonstrable improvements to the local environment, business community, and quality of life.
"Establishing this award is a natural compliment to Siemens' existing Corporate Responsibility initiatives within the U.S.," said James Whaley, President of the Siemens Foundations. "This award aims to reward those organizations that have exhibited exceptional leadership in improving the quality of life within our communities both today and tomorrow."
Three prizes will be awarded to communities in the small, midsize, and large categories. Nominations will be accepted until February 29, 2008. Community-based coalitions and local agencies are encouraged to submit their work.
A select committee of external experts will review the submissions and determine three finalists from each category. The judging panel will consist of thought leaders with backgrounds in environment, business, academics, government, and economic development.
The three winning communities will be announced on April 28, 2008, at BCLC's National Conference on Corporate Community Investment in Anaheim, California.
For more information about the Siemens Sustainable Community Prize and BCLC's National Conference on Corporate Community Investment, go to: http://www.uschamber.com/bclc
BCLC is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is dedicated to advancing better business and society relations and improving social and economic conditions. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million business and organizations of every size, sector and region.
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