Don't miss the VIP Benefit and Earth Awards

"Make the Connections" is this year's theme

by Carolyn Chase


n Earth Day, April 22, San Diego EarthWorks will host the ninth 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. The San Diego Air Pollution Control District will present their Clean Air Awards and San Diego EarthWorks will present their EARTH Awards (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps).

The evening will begin with a buffet dinner, 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 Ridgehaven 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 that can be rotated from heavy traffic areas, motion and temperature sensitive lighting, motion sensitive heating and air conditioning, this building has saved over 52 percent in utility costs compared to the non-refurbished 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 throughout San Diego County year-round, and host events that inform and educate people about environmental issues.

For more information, to volunteer or to reserve a $30 pre-sale ticket, call (619) 496-6666, extension **70 or visit our website at

  Carolyn Chase is a founder and director of San Diego EarthWorks and the Earth Day Network, and a member of the Sierra Club's California Legislative Committee.