Send in your EARTH award nominations

hat are you or your business doing to help ensure a clean, healthy and prosperous future? San Diego Earth Day invites local businesses and individuals to apply for the third annual EARTH (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps) awards. The awards will be presented at the seventh annual VIP (Very Important Planet) reception on Thursday, April 17, 1997 at the City of San Diego Environmental Services Ridgehaven Building in Kearny Mesa. Ridgehaven, the City of San Diego's nationally recognized "green building," uses less energy and creates less pollution while providing a more productive work environment.

"San Diego Earth Day has always encouraged people to create a more sustainable future;" notes board member and EARTH award judge Carolyn Chase, "These awards are our way of recognizing innovative programs that are making a difference." Other judges include Jim Sulentich, The Naturelands Project; Scott Murray, organic farmer; and Ken Wheatley, Sony Electronics.

Last year's award winners included: Sony Corporation, Sheffield Platers, Lotsa Pasta restaurant, SDG&E, and a youth, Brian Parrish. Schools are also encouraged to apply. There were twelve additional honorable mentions awarded. Each winner has addressed a problem and found a winning solution that works to create a healthier environment while reducing their environmental impacts.

Nominations for the 1997 EARTH Awards are being accepted by San Diego Earth Day through March 15. Organizations and individuals interested in applying for an EARTH award should contact Julaine Chattaway at 272-7370. Award winners will announced by April 7, 1997.

O' Earth Day

Celebrate all things green at the
St. Patrick's Earth Day party
Park Manor Suites
525 Spruce Street in Hillcrest
6:00 to 11:00 pm
Monday, March 17th.

ith just a $5 donation from Earth Day members and $10 from non-members, guests will enjoy appetizers, one complimentary cocktail (or two soft drinks), door prizes, entertainment and the Park Manor's world-famous view of downtown San Diego. Proceeds benefit San Diego Earth Day and the AIDS Foundation Food Bank.

You will also be able to learn more about San Diego Earth Day's programs, including the eighth annual EarthFair in Balboa Park.

San Diego Earth Day is a volunteer-based non-profit organizatio whose events throughout the year encourage people to take individual action for the future. For more information on Earth Day activities, to volunteer, or to receive exhibitor or sponsorship information, call 496-6666.

March volunteer meetings

Spring into Earth Day

et your good nature bloom - volunteer for Earth Day 97! Learn how you can make a difference at the next San Diego Earth Day volunteer meeting on Thursday, March 6 at Noon at Mira Costa Campus in Oceanside, One Barnard Dr., Building 3601, or Thursday, March 20 at 6:30pm at the City of San Diego Environmental Services Ridgehaven Building, Ridgehaven Road in Kearny Mesa, or Thursday, March 27 at 7pm in the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park (West side entrance). We'll show you the cool EarthFair slide show and tell you about all the ways you can help at this year's projects.

Projects include: the EarthFair in Balboa Park on April 20th, the All Species Children's Parade, the EARTH (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps) awards, the VIP (Very Important Planet) reception, and silent auction.