Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards

Presented by SRP

Arizona Forward’s Annual Environmental Awards Gala presented by SRP is on March 19, 2022. 

This prestigious awards program has served as Arizona’s signature sustainability recognition event for over 40 years. Initiated in 1980, the environmental excellence awards program is a benchmark for economic and environmental accomplishment. Across Arizona, leaders and teams are taking their vision for a better Arizona and turning it into action.

Arizona Forward is pleased to honor all of the 2020-21 award finalists. Each month, leading up to the awards gala on March 19, 2022, we are highlighting finalists in each category. Award nominations address sustainability issues and highlight projects across the state of Arizona, and serve as inspiration for us all as we move forward together.

2022 Award Finalists

2022 Award Finalists

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2022 Award Winners

2022 Award Winners

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Event Photo Gallery

Event Photo Gallery

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About the Awards



It’s About Recognition.

A panel of judges comprised of prominent leaders and experts in the community select projects to receive the coveted Crescordia Award and Award of Distinction.

  • All qualifying projects are featured during the awards event
  • Award recipients receive statewide recognition throughout the year
  • Award-winning projects are among the most distinguished achievements in Arizona


It’s About Impact.

All projects are reviewed based on the sustainability impact to communities, cities regions or the entire state of Arizona—not on the size of the entity or budget.


Learn more about the project entry process

Our Presenting Sponsor

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SRP is a founding member of Arizona Forward and a presenting sponsor and partner in the awards program for the last 19 years. Paralleling nicely with the mission and vision of Arizona Forward, SRP has a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and is proud to support Arizona’s leading environmental and sustainability organization and this prestigious awards program.

Award Categories

2020-2021 Program


Governor’s Award for Arizona’s Future

Creative initiatives that foster the economic vitality and long-term sustainability of Arizona’s future. Encompass projects, public policies and/or collaborative efforts that make Arizona a better place to live, work and play.

Healthy Communities

Projects, policies or plans that promote the health and wellness of communities in rural or urban areas and could include neighborhood revitalization, community redevelopment and cross-sector collaborations.

Climate Action Solutions

Solutions-oriented actions to address climate risks in Arizona with a future-focused perspective that demonstrates measurable improvements in areas such as carbon reduction, heat island mitigation and water availability.

Art in Public Places

Creative works of art visually accessible to the general public that contribute to aesthetic appreciation, add to a sustainable-based culture and encourage sustainability (public or privately owned).

Buildings, Structures, and Landscape Design

Civic, commercial or institutional buildings, structures or landscapes that represent elements that preserve environmental quality, incorporate sustainability, integrate with the natural or built environment and create aesthetic appreciation.

Technology Innovation

Innovative products or processes that use technology to encourage sustainable outcomes and demonstrate an economic benefit to positively address environmental issues.

Site Development

Contributions that enhance the urban environment within large-scale commercial, industrial and public work sectors and could include projects related to waste or water treatment facilities, roadways, bridges, canals and other types of infrastructure.

Environmental Education and Communication

Achievements in education and/or communication that are designed for a wide audience and produce increased awareness, change in behavior or a deeper appreciation of sustainability initiatives.

Natural Environment Preservation

Improvements to the natural environment through projects such as hiking trails, riparian areas, preserves, trailheads, parks and habitat restoration.

Circular Economy Solutions

Best practices and/or programs that reduce waste and improve productivity of resources, enabling a circular system that achieves positive environmental and economic results.

Project submissions for the 2020-21 year are currently closed.