On May 22, the City of Cambridge awarded MyRWA a 2012 GoGreen Award for Community Sustainability (Stormwater Management). Starting in 1998, the annual GoGreen Awards have recognized the environmental sustainability initiatives of Cambridge businesses and organizations in the areas of transportation, waste reduction/recycling, energy, storm water management, climate protection, and initiatives by community organizations. MyRWA’s Executive Director, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, accepted the Award, presented “in recognition of MyRWA’s outstanding contribution to environmental protection.” The event was hosted by the MIT Museum.
Thank you City of Cambridge!
The official proclamation is as follows:
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable city; and
WHEREAS: It is important to recognize outstanding community-based efforts that have a significant positive impact on reducing Cambridge's greenhouse grass emissions; and
WHEREAS: The mission of the Mystic River Watershed Association is to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries, and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance, and great beauty of these natural resources; and
WHEREAS: The Mystic River Watershed Association works to protect and improve environmental conditions for the more than one half million residents within the twenty-two-community Mystic River Watershed, which includes parts of Cambridge around Fresh Pond, North Cambridge, and Alewife Brook; and
WHEREAS: The Mystic River Watershed Association tracks water quality in the Mystic River and its tributaries, including Alewife Brook, monitors storm water discharge and combined sewer overflows and other water quality threats, playing a key role as it watches over the river; and
WHEREAS: The Mystic River Watershed Association trains citizen scientists to perform water quality sampling and count herring as part of the Herring Monitoring Program (new this spring), along with water chestnut removal efforts, environmental education, rain garden implementation, and a herring habitat assessment of Alewife Brook; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: That I, Henrietta Davis, Mayor of Cambridge, go on record as awarding the 2012 GoGreen Award in the community sustainability category to the Mystic River Watershed Association.