City of Gainesville Nature Centers Commission Star Award

Published on October 23, 2023

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The Star Awards recognize neighbors for their positive contributions to Gainesville’s natural environment. Nominees of individuals, groups, businesses or organizations operating within the City of Gainesville between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 are accepted in four categories:

Star Volunteer: Honors the volunteer who has contributed the most time, energy, and/or enthusiasm volunteering in the City of Gainesville nature parks or programs during the year. Consideration is given to intensity of service, impact, and length of service.

Good Neighbor: Recognizes the effort of those individuals, organizations or groups who have had a positive impact on the City by promoting environmental awareness, environmental stewardship, or other positive and enduring impact.

Amy Carpus Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes an individual who has made substantial, impactful, and enduring contributions over an extended length of time to conserving Gainesville’s natural resources.

This award is presented in honor of longstanding Nature Centers Commission Board member Amy Carpus, who dedicated her life and career to conservation, education and sustainability, and who generously donated her time and energy to serve on the Nature Centers Commission out of love for Gainesville’s parks.

Green Business: Recognizes businesses operating within the City of Gainesville that demonstrate exceptional environmental practices or advocacy.

Anyone can submit a nomination; however, self-nominations are not accepted.

Online Nomination

Nominations are now closed. 

Paper Nomination

Completed paper nominations should be submitted to Pati Colvin at:


City of Gainesville

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department

PO Box 490, Mail Station 24

Gainesville, FL  32627-0490

(352) 393-8353


Nominations for all awards must be received before November 30, 2023.  Star Volunteer, Good Neighbor, Green Business awards recognize service provided between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023. Please attach additional information if necessary.

Download Nomination Form(PDF, 507KB) 


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