2020 has been a year of unexpected turns. At first, moving our annual fundraising event from in-person to online seemed like a difficult task. We then saw this as an opportunity to reach out to those who don't live in Seattle and younger audiences to find out more about our organization and highlight the excellent sustainability work done locally.
The VISION AWARDS reimagined was transformed into a live stream event on October 15th, with our raffle tickets sales and silent auction bids opening two weeks before the program.
Our keynote speaker was Jamie Margolin, Youth activist, founder of Zero Hour, and author of the book "Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It." In her speech, she talked about the urgent action needed to prevent further climate disasters. She asked the building community to mobilize and collectively work on new solutions to mitigate CO2 emissions.
This year's Vision Award winners discussed their projects in a panel-style format, letting young professionals know that their input is necessary to help companies with their sustainability efforts.
The 2020 VISION AWARD reimagined winners are:
• For Leadership: Microsoft
• For Energy: One Union Square | Union Square LLC & Washington Holdings
• For Water: Expedia Group
• For Transportation: Columbia Center | Urban Renaissance Group
For more information on the winners, read the case studies.)
About 175 registered for the event, and we raised a total of $103,535, surpassing our fundraising goal of $100,000. Thanks to all that attended. If you missed the program, you could view it here.