The EPC is proud to announce that the Clean Air Fair (CAF) is the recipient of the 2019 Tampa Downtown Partnership's Urban Excellence Award, Public Sector Project Category. Winners were announced at the 2019 Urban Excellence Awards event on November 6th at the Tampa Museum of Art.
The Urban Excellence Awards "celebrates businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown environment – and have made a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Tampa. Each year an awards jury representing a cross-section of Downtown constituencies selects award winners honoring the leadership, innovation, hard work, talent and community spirit."
Other Award categories include: Private Sector Award, Downtown Collaboration Award, Landmark Development Project Award, Downtown Experience Award, Activating Spaces Award, Marketplace Award, Arts & Culture Award, People’s Choice Award, and the Christine M. Burdick Leadership Award.
Winning recognition is not new for the CAF, which also received the Sustainable Florida's Community Engagement Best Practice Award in 2015. Organizers Jeff Sims and Michelle Jenkins enthusiastically spearhead the event annually, soliciting vendors, sponsors and EPC volunteers alike. Their goal is to keep this a premiere, relevant public outreach destination in downtown Tampa every 1st Thursday in May and the fair has continued to grow in popularity and participation over the last 18 years.
The primary focus of the CAF is to recognize the importance of local environmental protection, to encourage everyone to take action, and to showcase efforts to sustain the environment for our future. We thank our volunteers, sponsors, vendors and visitors for your support and for helping us to keep the protection of the environment in the forefront of all we do. Together we CAN make a difference!