RICHLAND — Gail Everett, environmental education coordinator for the City of Richland, wants to find out who is "living green" in Richland.
It could be a businesses, an organization, a group or individual.
"The City of Richland wants to recognize and share these success stories!" Everett wrote in the news release.
Heck, it could even be the folks who live in this house and have said "Heck no!" to lawn and "Yea!" to native plants. Neighbors view the owners as kooks, but there is no mowing required, plenty of visits from hummingbirds and gold finches, and a dramatic drop in water usage.
Applications are being accepted for the 2010 recognition program under categories such as Overall Effort, Green Project/Program, Process Change or Event.
Green practices include in-house recycling, creative ways of reusing items, reducing water, solid, and/or chemical waste, conservation of energy and electricity or reduction of air pollution effluents. Being "green" saves money, protects the environment and conserves natural resources.
Everett points out that living green also reduces maintenance costs for municipal utility operations.
For more information, to request or download an application or view last year’s winners, visit www.ci.richland.wa.us, click on "Green Living" and then Green Recognition Program.
Or call 509-942-7730.
Applications are due Friday, July 16.