Due to the level of public interest in Boston's Greenovate awards, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has extended the nomination deadline to midnight on Friday, March 29. Awards will be presented at a ceremony in April, recognizing local environmental leaders in four categories -- Green Business, Green Residential, Sustainable Food Leadership and Bike Friendly Businesses.

According to a city press release, past winners have been recognized for sustainable practices such as historic preservation, water conservation, energy efficiency, utility benchmarking and adaptive building reuse.

This year's awards are integrated with the Greenovate Boston initiative, an effort to motivate residents and businesses to meet the Mayor's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. By 2020, Menino wants a reduction of 25 percent and by 2050, he is aiming for an 80 percent decrease in emissions.

“Greenovate Boston will further connect and engage the Boston community by creating a one-stop-shop for sustainability resources as well as a platform for empowering individuals, businesses and organizations to Greenovate throughout the community,” said Brian Swett, Boston's Chief of Environment and Energy.

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