Now Accepting Applications for 2013 SCAA Sustainability Award

We’re currently accepting entries for the 2013 SCAA Sustainability Award. If you, your company, or organization has innovative projects to expand and promote sustainability within the coffee world while inspiring others to initiate similar endeavors you are encouraged to apply here. The deadline to submit the application is January 7, 2013.

The Sustainability Award will be presented at SCAA’s Annual Exposition in April, 2013, during the Opening Ceremonies. Along with industry-wide recognition and promotion by the specialty coffee industry, the Sustainability Award winner will receive financial compensation (airfare and accommodations) to attend The Event in Boston, and will be featured at a “Meet the Sustainability Award Winner” session during the conference.

Applications for the SCAA Sustainability Award will be reviewed against the following criteria: innovation, contribution to the MDGs, proven outcomes, overall impact, and scalability. Applications must identify a specific project that your organization is undertaking. Any applications that are limited to the overall activities of an organization will not be reviewed or considered. The Sustainability Council of the SCAA will review all applications that meet the requirements. The Council considers a wide range of projects, reflecting the depth and breadth of sustainable work being done in all areas across the specialty coffee industry. The winner will be notified by February 1st.

To learn about the history of the award and past winners visit scaa.org/awards

Last year’s winner, “Responding to Climate Change: Building Community-Based Reliance” is a project of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, in Gakenke, Rwanda. The project builds off the Cooperative’s efforts towards quality improvement, and community development, and is focused on confronting climate change at the farm level.

Through investments in reforestation, topsoil conservation, and watershed conservation, the project intends to catalyze the development of ecologically-based practices that can resist the current and expected impacts of climate change for the Dukunde Kawa’s 1,810 member farmers, thereby insuring the future viability of coffee production in the area.