Western Planner Awards - Nominations Open

Don’t let all your hard work go unnoticed or your best people go unrecognized! Step up and shout out! The Western Planner has a number of awards designed to spotlight great accomplishments, outstanding people – even stories that could be classified under, “you can’t make this stuff up.” The WPR Board is seeking nominations for the Western Planner of the Year, Citizen Planner of the Year, the Sheldon D. Gerber Special Merit Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning, the Rural Innovation Award and while we’re at it, the Lester Award! All of the awards will be presented during the annual Western Planner Conference. The deadline for submission is August 9th.

Questions? Contact Dan Pava (dpava@lanl.gov) or email editor@westernplanner.org

PLANNER OF THE YEAR

This award honors individuals who have the fortitude, skill, and humor necessary to be recognized practitioners and outspoken advocates on behalf of planning in the West. The award gives WPR an opportunity to honor planners who have gained respect as fellow professionals, and it identifies and recognizes the achievements that led to the winner’s selection as Planner of the Year.

SHELDON D. GERBER MERIT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

The award recognizes outstanding achievements in environmental planning, which can be in the form of a project, report, or the professional efforts of a planner or citizen planner. WPR would like to recognize individuals who are striving to improve the environment and protect the natural world.

RURAL INNOVATION AWARD

We encourage small towns to submit their efforts that deserve recognition but may feel that larger towns steal the thunder in these type of awards. Help us promote your efforts and bring a well-deserved boost to your small town or rural community’s planning efforts.

CITIZEN PLANNER

This award recognizes either a professional planner or a lay person that has distinguished themselves as a champion and leader of a project or program that embodies the principles of planning. The individual should have demonstrated exceptional skill at problem identification and solving, process development and implementation, and/or public outreach and communication. Above all,the planner will have conducted themselves ethically and with humor and compassion towards those they strive to benefit.

LESTER AWARD

Please submit nominations for those who have “extinguished” themselves through un-usual and possibly humorous events that represent the hardships Western Planners face. Make sure your nominee has a sense of humor about the situation and won’t mind it being retold.