2020 Nomination Process Now Open
designed to recognize the diverse activities that
contribute to smart growth and serve as real-life
illustrations of the benefits it brings.
The nomination process has been designed to be simple and low-barrier. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, July 10th
3rd Annual Smart Growth Awards
Past years’ Smart Growth Awards recognized a mixed-use infill project in Portland’s Deering Center, a community forest project that preserved nearly 1000 acres of land for conservation, recreation, and wildlife, and an individual achievement award for an influential Main Street organizer and champion of downtown revitalization. As in the past, this year’s criteria will be grounded in the GrowSmart Maine’s principles of Smart Growth.
The 2020 Maine Smart Growth Award recipients will be announced at the 2020 GrowSmart Maine Summit on October 22th, 2020. The Summit will be based with limited in-person attendance at the Pepperell Mill in Biddeford and also with external attendance via teleconference.
Maureen Drouin, executive director of Maine Conservation is returning for her second year of judging, to be joined by Paul Schumacher of Southern ME Planning & Development Commission, Gwen Hilton of the ME LUPC, and Chuck Lawton, Retired Economist.
Smart growth is a common sense concept that helps communities welcome – and manage – growth while still maintaining their historic feel and natural beauty.
The Smart Growth Awards are designed to recognize the diverse activities that contribute to smart growth, and also serve as real-life illustrations of the benefits it can bring.
The awards will showcase the kind of projects, plans, and policies that support smart growth in all its diversity, whether it’s a plan for a walkable and inclusive village center, a development that is affordable and sustainably built, a successful new transit endeavor, or a community-supported adaptation to climate change that safeguards the built or natural environment.