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City now accepting nominations for 5th Annual Green Building Awards

The City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability is now accepting nominations for the fifth annual Green Building Awards, an event that showcases breakthroughs and emerging technologies in the field of green building. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 3, 2013. Nomination forms are available at

The awards will feature categories for new construction and retrofit projects, in both residential and commercial construction.  This year’s awards will feature new categories highlighting historic commercial and residential developments. The City has also broadened the timeframe of eligible projects to include any structure built between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012.

In addition, coinciding with the Department of Energy’s designation of San Antonio as a “Solar America City,” a special award will be given to a nominee who has made significant contributions in solar energy.

Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2103 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market. St.

For more information on the Green Building Awards, contact Mary C. Hammer, Interim Director for the Office of Sustainability at (210) 207-0252 or by email at

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San Antonio is a model city for the new face of America—a diverse, progressive and globally competitive city with a solid vision for national and international economic development. In 2012, San Antonio was named an All-America City by the National Civic League.  The City of San Antonio maintains a strong financial position with a “AAA” general obligation bond rating from all three major rating agencies.  The Milken Institute has ranked San Antonio No. 1 on its Best-Performing Cities list.  As the seventh-largest city in the United States, San Antonio is experiencing solid economic growth in 21st century industries such as bioscience and healthcare.  Biotech companies and healthcare systems in San Antonio contribute billions to the local economy. The Aerospace industry remains a dominant economic strength in San Antonio with the presence of several aviation and aerospace corporations, including the military.   The military has had a significant relationship with San Antonio for more than 200 years and is home to several military commands.  The city is also a cybersecurity hub; nationally recognized as a leader in the field of information security.  San Antonio is positioning itself to be at the forefront of the New Energy Economy in the United States, committed to investing and creating employment opportunities in green industries.  The travel industry also remains a consistent growing economy for the city, as millions of people visit San Antonio on a yearly basis.  For more information, visit

About the City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability

Through innovative programs focusing on energy efficiency, community and corporate sustainability, and sustainable transportation, the Office of Sustainability is working to make San Antonio a great place to live, work, and play while enhancing the environment, quality-of-life, and our economic vitality. More information is available at