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Arizona Forward Presents Top Award to Solana Generating Station

The Solana Generating Station near Gila Bend won the President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Photo credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Solana Generating Station near Gila Bend won the President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Photo credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

SOURCE: Arizona Forward

The Solana Generating Station has earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, held in partnership with SRP.

Arizona Forward also made a bold announcement at its Saturday gala revealing that on the 35th anniversary of its historic program next year, all categories will be open to submittals from anywhere throughout Arizona.

Nearly 100 entries were received in Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious awards competition focusing exclusively on sustainability. The ceremony was held at the Westin Kierland Resort and attended by a prominent audience of legislators, mayors and corporate representatives from around the state.

Arizona Forward and SRP presented 20 first-place Crescordia awards and 24 Awards of Merit. The winning projects set standards for achieving a balance between the built and natural environment in Arizona’s physical, technical, social and aesthetic development.

Jurists selected the Solana Generating Station for top honors because it not only boosts Arizona’s solar industry, but offers significant environmental benefits and represents a new and unique technology in the U.S. The project also earned a first-place Crescordia in the Governor’s Award for Energy & Technology Innovation – Central Arizona category. Crescordia is a Greek term meaning, “to grow in harmony,” and the President’s Award is selected from among all Crescordia recipients.

Arizona Forward Crescordia Award Winners

  • Sedona Fire District Fire Station No. 6 (LEA Architects, LLC) — Governor’s Award for Energy & Technology Innovation, Northern Arizona
  • Tucson Unified School District Pioneering 11 MW Solar Project (Natural Power and Energy) — Governor’s Award for Energy & Technology Innovation, Southern Arizona
  • Jones Studio, Inc. (Jones Studio) — Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award), Central Arizona
  • Town of Clarkdale (Verde River Institute) — Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award), Northern Arizona
  • Coconino County Sustainable Building Program (Coconino County Community Development) — Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award), Northern Arizona
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum) — Environmental Stewardship (SRP Award), Southern Arizona
  • Faye Gray Recreation Center (Holly Street Studio Architects) — Buildings & Structures (Civic)
  • ASU Student Center @ The Post Office (Holly Street Studio Architects) — Buildings & Structures (Historic Preservation)
  • ASU Health Services Building (Orcutt │Winslow) — Buildings & Structures (Institutional)
  • Encore on First (Okland Construction) — Livable Communities (Sustainable Communities)
  • City of Phoenix Complete Streets Ordinances (City of Phoenix) — Livable Communities (Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity)
  • Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle (Discovery Triangle Development Corporation) — Livable Communities (Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity)
  • Transit 2000: The Phoenix Transit Plan (City of Phoenix Public Transit Department) — Livable Communities (Public Policy/Plans)
  • Estrella Hall at Estrella Mountain Community College (Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture) — Site Development and Landscape (Public Sector)
  • Memorial Union Powerparasol (Strategic Solar Energy, LLC) — Site Development and Landscape (Private Sector)
  • Brown’s Ranch Trailhead (Weddle Gilmore) — Site Development and Landscape (Parks & Trails)
  • Ground Cover Public Art Project (Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program) — Art in Public Places
  • Washington Elementary School District (APS) — Environmental Education/Communication (Public Sector)
  • McDowell Mountain Sonoran Field Institute (McDowell Sonoran Conservancy) — Environmental Education/Communication (Educators, Students & Nonprofit Organizations)

See the complete list of 2014 Environmental Excellence Award Winners