Awards & Recognitions

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Senior Citizen of the Year Award (with Lifetime Achievement Award consideration)

The City of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission, in partnership with the Encinitas Rotary Club, is pleased to announce that they will be honoring an Encinitas resident with the 2022 Senior Citizen of the Year Award.

The Senior Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a deserving senior citizen who demonstrates outstanding volunteerism, leadership, helping, teaching, mentoring, or advocating for others in the City of Encinitas. The award will be based on dedication, overarching commitment, and demonstrated impact of those served.

You will also have the opportunity to nominate a senior citizen not only for Senior of the Year, but also for consideration of a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, which is not an annual award, is reserved for the highest caliber of nominees with outstanding acts performed not only in 2022 but in previous years as well.

The Award recipient will be honored at a City Council meeting with a perpetual plaque housed at the Encinitas Senior Center. Additionally, they will be recognized as the guest of honor at an Encinitas Rotary Club meeting and invited to participate in the Encinitas Holiday Parade as a special guest of the Senior Citizen Commission.

Anyone may nominate a senior citizen by completing a nomination form and mailing it to the City of Encinitas, Senior Citizen of Year Award, Parks and Recreation Department, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024, or by emailing it to Note: Mailed applications must be postmarked and emailed submissions must be received by 4pm on March 16, 2023.  Senior Citizen Commissioners are not eligible to make a nomination.

Senior Citizen of the Year Nomination Form (pdf)

For more information regarding this award, please contact Christie Goodsell, City of Encinitas Recreation Center Manager at (760) 943-2251 or

Encinitas Environmental Award Program

EAP Logo The Environmental Commission recognizes deserving individuals, businesses, and non-profits for their commitment to environmental stewardship and outstanding environmental achievements in the City of Encinitas. Two Excellence in Environmental Stewardship awards have been historically granted to a for-profit business and a non-profit business each year since the program's founding in 2014 and inauguration in 2015 by Environmental Commissioners Jim Wang and Joy Lyndes. In 2019, under the leadership of Environmental Commissioners Inge Bisconer and Christian Adams, a new Environmental Hero category was added to recognize both an adult and a youth who are not necessarily affiliated with a business. Candidates are peer-nominated and must be Encinitas residents or located in Encinitas. Winners are selected by an independent jury of recognized environmental leaders. The Encinitas’ Environmental Award Program is the first award of its kind in San Diego County and is one of only a few in the United States.

2021 Environmental Award Winners

The City of Encinitas Environmental Commission is proud to announce winners of its prestigious Environmental Award Program (EAP), now in its seventh year. The EAP seeks to recognize deserving individuals, businesses, and non-profits for their commitment to environmental stewardship and outstanding environmental achievements. The City of Encinitas recognizes two Excellence in Environmental Stewardship awards that have been historically granted to a for-profit business and a non-profit organization each year, and an Environmental Hero to recognize an adult that is not necessarily affiliated with a business or non-profit organization.

The Environmental Awards were presented at the June 22, 2022 City Council Meeting.

The 2021 winner of the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Non-profit Organization category is the Community Resource Center (CRC). The CRC provides many different kinds of social services to many people in Encinitas and North County. The CRC is being recognized for environmental efforts to rescue edible food and reduce food waste with its Food and Nutrition Center (FNC). The FNC participated in a pilot program to pick-up nutritious, fresh food from partner grocery stores and distribute to food-insecure clients. It is now a model for other food pantries in the area. CRC’s leadership in this important program helps fight hunger, provides crucial logistics for our community and grocery stores to fulfill their roles to rescue food, and reduces methane producing organic waste from going to our landfills.

The 2021 winner of the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship For-profit Business category is The Nada Shop. The mission of the Nada Shop is to make low waste living easier and more accessible to everyone by selling household and body care products available for refill in store, as well as other everyday plastic-free lifestyle goods. Most products are sold without any packaging or are packaged in plastic-free material like cardboard, aluminum, or glass which are all not only easily recyclable, but are also reusable. The Nada Shop helps change public behavior and educates our community on how important it is to reduce our plastic consumption and reduce plastic pollution.

The 2021 winner of the Environmental Hero Award is Jim Wang. Jim is one of the most committed and successful former Environmental Commissioners in the history of Encinitas. For almost a decade as a volunteer, Jim championed public education and solutions to waste, climate change, and overall improvement to the environmental integrity of the City of Encinitas. Jim was particularly instrumental in declaring a climate emergency in the City, pushing forward ordinances to eliminate plastic waste and promoting bike transportation, building electrification, and Community Choice Energy. At least five current environmental ordinances in Encinitas would likely not have happened without Jim's leadership and engagement. Jim is an environmental hero of the highest order for the people of Encinitas.

Past Environmental Award Winners

Commission Information

Environmental Commission Work Plan FY 2021-2022 (pdf)

The Encinitas Environmental Commission has regularly scheduled meetings on the second (2nd) Thursday of the month at 5:30PM.

Please visit the City of Encinitas Agenda page for current meeting agendas or past meetings.

Environmental Commission Contact: Crystal Najera, (760) 943-2285 or

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