By Katherine Sather / The Nature Conservancy
Do you have a favorite restaurant that uses sustainable seafood, organic produce or locally sourced food? Or that strives to lower its environmental impact by composting, recycling and using tap water instead of bottled?
Show your support this fall by nominating them for a 2013 People’s Choice Nature’s Plate Award. Nature’s Plate is a contest presented by The Nature Conservancy to highlight green restaurants across the country and raise awareness about the connection between sustainable food and a healthy planet. We need your help to spread the word!
This is a state-by-state and city-by-city contest that is currently taking place in the following locations: California (LA and San Francisco), Colorado, New Mexico (Albuquerque and Santa Fe), Oregon, Connecticut, Florida (Miami), Georgia (Atlanta), Massachusetts (Boston), New Jersey, North Carolina (Durham), Ohio (Cleveland), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Washington DC, Minnesota (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Hawaii, Illinois and New York (NYC, Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley). Don’t see your city listed and think it would be a great fit? E-mail Jenna Boig at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to include it next year!
Nominations for Nature’s Plate will be accepted in each city until Sept. 16. The top nominees from each location will then move on to a finalist round starting Oct. 1, with winners announced Oct. 17.
Why the focus on sustainable food? Well, whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or a meat-eater, it’s a good bet the healthiest and tastiest food on your table came from nature. From the oysters growing out in Cape Cod to the tomatoes soaking up the sun at the farm down the road, healthy food demands a healthy planet. And our planet is nurtured when food production is sustainable.
That’s why The Nature Conservancy is to working with food producers everywhere. We are bringing traditionally unexpected partners together in the name of healthy food and a healthy environment, finding solutions that are good for their businesses, for consumers and for nature.
And we need you! Together we can raise awareness about the connection between good food and conservation.
Katherine Sather works in digital marketing for The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit.
(Photo by W Warby via a Flickr Creative Commons License)