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Anne Hunt Wins National Award for Sustainability
Anne Hunt Wins National Award for Sustainability
Anne Hunt

SAINT PAUL – Anne Hunt, Environmental Policy Director for Mayor Chris Coleman, is the 2010 recipient of the ICLEI Local Government Staff Sustainability Leadership Award for important achievements in sustainability and the environment. Besting other environmental policy advocates from across the nation, Hunt took center stage at ICLEI’s ceremony in Washington D.C. last week.

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA is the leading local government association addressing climate change and sustainability, and the award ceremony was part of the group’s biannual Local Action Summit.

“Anne’s passion for sustainability is second to none,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “Her dedication has helped put Saint Paul at the forefront of the national conversation on conservation. This award recognizes what a great asset she is to our city, our residents and the environment.” 

“I am honored to receive this award and to continue my work on behalf of our great city and our committed residents, who continue to show tremendous passion for and dedication to improving the environment, our neighborhoods and our community,” said Ms. Hunt.

Some of Hunt’s notable successes with the City include securing a Solar America Cities grant, establishing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building standards for the City, developing an energy conservation revolving loan fund, and cooperating with the City of Minneapolis on green manufacturing and green job creation. Anne also hired the first Energy and Water Resource coordinators, instituted monthly staff training seminars on environmental topics, and re-created the interdepartmental sustainability working group.

“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to recognize the great work and continued commitment to sustainability and the environment demonstrated by Ms. Hunt. Her leadership at the local and national levels has helped to improve the quality of life for the City of Saint Paul’s residents and at the same time our larger global community,” said Martin Chávez, Executive Director, ICLEI USA and three-term mayor of Albuquerque, NM.

Other honorees include:

Energy Efficiency Innovation

Large –Austin, TX
Medium-sized – Belingham, WA
Small - Aspen, CO

Process Innovation
Large – Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact
Medium-sized – Burlington, VT
Small – Keene, NH

Outreach Innovation
Large – Washington, DC
Medium-sized – Township of Hamilton, NJ
Small – Portola Valley, CA

Elected Official
City of Chula Vista City Councilmember Pamela Bensoussan

More information on these awards and the ICLEI USA Local Action Summit can be found at:  http://www.icleiusa.org/main-page/news-events/iclei-local-action-summit-2010

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