Don't miss the VIP Benefit and EARTH Awards

"New Energy for a New Era" is this year's theme.

by Carolyn Chase

n Thursday, April 27, San Diego EarthWorks will host the 10th annual VIP (Very Important Planet) Reception and EARTH Awards. This occasion provides an opportunity for business, community, and government leaders to make the connections between our actions now and a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future.

The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department will present their Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards and San Diego EarthWorks will present their EARTH Awards (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps). The San Diego Regional Energy Office will present a special energy award.

The evening will begin with a buffet, provided by local San Diego restaurants, and a silent auction to benefit San Diego EarthWorks. Following the informal part of the evening will be the Awards Ceremony. Local businesses, organizations and individuals will be honored for their practical accomplishments toward a healthy, prosperous and sustainable San Diego.

The reception will be held at the City of San Diego Environmental Services Building, located at 6901 Ridge-haven Court in Kearny Mesa. This award winning "green" building is one of the top ten most energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings in the country. Featuring recycled (and recyclable) squares of carpet, motion and temperature sensitive lighting, motion sensitive heating and air conditioning, this building has saved over 52 percent in utility costs compared to the nonrefurbished twin building next door.

San Diego EarthWorks, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, is a network of volunteers in service to a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for all living things. Volunteer produce the annual EarthFair in Balboa Park, organize habitat restoration projects and host events that inform and educate people about environmental issues.

For more information, to make a donation to the silent auction, to volunteer or to reserve a $30 pre-sale ticket, call (858) 496-6666, extension **91, or visit our website at

Carolyn Chase is a founder of San Diego EarthWorks and the Earth Day Network.