Seneca Park Zoo Society’s Environmental Innovation Awards honor local and regional innovators working to create solutions to current environmental issues. This event celebrates leadership in environmental stewardship and brings together people seeking sustainable solutions and working for a greener tomorrow.

Join us on March 28, 2024 for a morning of inspiring conversation and stories of local and regional conservation. Enjoy breakfast, award ceremony, and meet others during the Networking Showcase as we share ideas that better our region. Afterwards, you can choose to attend the symposium for a deeper discussion and Q&A.

Together we can connect, care for, and conserve wildlife and wild places.

Event Details

When: March 28, 2024

Where: Jospeh A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center 
              (123 E. Main Street, Rochester NY 14604) 

Tickets: Tickets on sale now!

$55 – Includes: Breakfast Awards Ceremony and Showcase

$85 – Includes: Breakfast Awards Ceremony, Showcase & Symposium

Reserve a Group – Tables of 10 for the Breakfast Award Ceremony and Showcase & the full program including symposium

More Information

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard M. Juang is the Senior Manager for Environmental Justice Policy at Ceres. A nonprofit, Ceres works with major businesses and institutional investors to support environmental sustainability and decarbonization, both domestically and internationally, leveraging capital market actors and public policy to help companies accelerate their transition to a more sustainable economy.   

Symposium Panel: TBD

Schedule:

Registration: 7:15am – 8am (45 minutes)

Breakfast and Awards: 8am – 9:15a (1 hour 15 minutes) – with emcee Evan Dawson and a welcome message from Symposium Speaker Dr. Richard Juang

Networking Showcase: 9:15am – 9:45am (30 minutes)

Q&A Symposium: 9:45am – 11:00am (1 hour 15 minutes) – Ostinato Rigore: Why Innovation Matters for Environmental Justice, a conversation with Richard M. Juang, Esq., Senior Manager for Environmental Justice Policy at Ceres. Moderated by Simeon Banister, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. 

Awards will be given in five categories of environmental leadership: Youth, Individual, Civic & Non-profit, Small Business, and Large Business.

Nominees are considered based on the following criteria: Innovation, Leadership, Effectiveness and Environmental Stewardship and Scalability. 

Emcee & Moderator

Local Leaders Helping to Make This Event a Success!

Evan Dawson -
Emcee

Evan Dawson is the host of “Connections with Evan Dawson.” He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a website that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

Simeon Banister - Moderator

 A Rochester native, Simeon Banister began his tenure as president and CEO of Rochester Area Community Foundation on Oct. 1, 2022. Banister’s career before the Foundation spanned public and private sectors and included the New York State Senate, state Department of Taxation and Finance, the State University of New York, and several private commercial real estate firms.

Banister has been recognized for his contributions. Rochester Business Journal named him to the 2019 Forty Under 40 class, and in 2021, he was named to City & State New York’s first-ever Western New York Power 100 list.

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Award Categories

Youth

Open to a group effort or to an individual.

All nominees must be 22 years or younger.

Has identified and is working to create new solutions to current environmental issues.

Nominee’s work or idea has been shown to mobilize others in the community/region.

Advocate for conservation and/or sustainability.

Individual

No age requirement.

Has identified and is working to create new solutions to current environmental issues.

Nominee’s work or idea has been shown to mobilize others in the community/region.

Advocate for conservation and/or sustainability.

Civic/Nonprofit

Open to any nonprofit, education, community-based, or government project or program, including those that involve multiple partners.

Created an innovative, scalable and replicable solution to conservation and/or sustainability issue(s) in the community/region.

Solution(s) should be original to the nominee or must be contributing something new in terms of scale or new application to a previously existing solution.

Must show evidence of solution working.

Must show evidence that solution can be shared with/taught to others.

Small Business

100 employees or less.

Must show an innovative/original solution.

Must show evidence of lowering environmental footprint or customers’ environmental footprint Solution must be replicable for other companies.

Company must have sustainability/green practices in play throughout company.

Large Business

101 employees or more.

Must show an innovative/original solution.

Must show evidence of lowering environmental footprint or customers’ environmental footprint.

Solution must be replicable for other companies.

Company must have sustainability/green practices in play throughout company.

Previous Award Winners

Take a look at past winners!

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