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Awards

Philadelphia government is being recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its innovations and achievements across a range of program and policy areas. Explore this list of awards the City of Philadelphia has received under Mayor Michael A. Nutter's tenure.

Date Title Department Awarding Organization
Mayor Nutter was honored for his leadership in making Philadelphia a safe and appealing city for biking.
Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities;Mayor's Office
Interbike International Bicycle Exposition
Mayor Nutter was honored with the 2014 Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence in recognition of his contributions to local government in Pennsylvania.
Mayor's Office
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Gary Jasztrab, was honored for his contributions to local governance in Pennsylvania.
City Planning Commission
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
The TreePhilly Initiative received an award for best social media campaign.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia Geek Award
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation received the 2014 Grand Jury Award by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for the restoration of "The Fountain of the Sea Horses" at 640 Water Works Drive.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation received the 2014 Excellence in Recreation and Parks Award for the Mantua in Action Youth Development Program, a youth development program for middle school students in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society
USCM City Livability Outstanding Achievement Award for awarded to Philadelphia for the Department of Licenses and Inspection's Anti-Blight Initiative, which works to reduce blight and vacancies in Philadelphia's neighborhoods.
Mayor's Office;Licenses & Inspections
http://usmayors.org/citylivabilityawards/
The Lewis Hine Awards are bestowed annually to ten men and women for their efforts on behalf of the health, education, and welfare of children and youth, particularly those at risk. This year, the NCLC is honoring DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose.
Department of Human Services
National Child Labor Committee
The "Too Good For Drugs" program through the Department of Behavioral Health was recognized for excellence in anti-drug abuse education.
Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS);Department of Public Property;Director of Public Safety
U.S. Conference of Mayors
The Philadelphia Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (NUM) received jointly with Boston's Office the World Summit Award for e-Content and Creativity. The award honors NUM for multi-city civic innovation and serving as a R&D network for cities.
Mayor's Office
World Summit Award
City Budget Director Rebecca Rhynhart and the Office of Budget and Programs Evaluation has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.
City Budget
Government Financial Officers Association
Mark Gale, CEO of Philadelphia International Airport, was honored with the Circle of Excellence award recognizing the Philadelphia region's most respected, innovative and forward-thinking "yardsticks" of excellence.
Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities;Philadelphia International Airport
SmartCEO
The Freda Johnson Award honor leading women in public-sector finance positions.
City Treasurer
The Bond Buyer
City Treasurer Nancy Winkler was honored with the second annual Leading Woman Award recognizing her excellence in municipal finance. Ladies First is a professional association of women engaged in the public finance industry.
City Treasurer
The Mid-Atlantic Women's Public Finance Forum
The Special Achievement Award in GIS was awarded to the Philadelphia Police Department's mapping team, which has created a tool for the department to respond to and analyze crime more efficiently, quickly, and effectively to create data-driven solutions.
Police Department
ESRI Company
US Conference of Mayors recognized GunStat, a jointly-administered violence reduction strategy between the Philadelphia Police Department and the Office of the District Attorney. City Livability Awards are one of USCM's highest honors.
Mayor's Office;Police Department
US Conference of Mayors
Dr. Evans was recognized for demonstrating exceptional energy, commitment, dedication and creativity in serving people in and seeking recovery from addiction in Philadelphia and across the nation.
Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS)
Faces & Voices of Recovery
The Department of Human Services was honored for excellence in improving the delivery of public services to the most vulnerable Philadelphians and for the ongoing and impressive turnaround of the department over the past five years.
Department of Human Services
United Nations
Highest vaccination coverage rate in the United States in urban areas.
Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Highest overall customer satisfaction for large U.S. airports.
Philadelphia International Airport
J.D. Power & Associates'
Outstanding service quality by Fairmount Park through the "Discover Fairmount Park in Your Neighborhood" program.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
Excellence in community venue design by the Recreation Department serving individuals with disabilities.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
Awards excellence in "community days" by the Recreation Department.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
Awards honors the Records Department's efforts to preserve the City's written legacy.
Department of Records
American Institute of Architects
Excellence in waste water treatment by the Philadelphia Water Department.
Department of Water
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Awarded for excellence in financial reporting by the Office of the Director of Finance.
Office of the Director of Finance
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
Excellence in using GIS for community improvement.
SEPTA
Environmental Research Systems Institute
Dr. Helena Kwakwa of the Philadelphia Health Department was awarded for community service and compassionate care by the Intenrational Organization of Black Women Physicians.
Department of Public Health
International Organization of Black Women Physicians
Darnell Wilkerson, of the Philadelphia Health Department, was honored for outstanding contributions to men’s health
Department of Public Health
Journey to Men’s Health
Award celebrates South Broad Street as a place of exemplary character, quality, and planning.
City Planning Commission
American Planning Association
Award celebrates Society Hill as a place of exemplary character, quality, and planning.
City Planning Commission
American Planning Association
Recognizing Airport specialty food markets.
Philadelphia International Airport
Airports Council International-North America
Philadelphia International Airport honored as one of the top 10 healthiest airport in US.
Philadelphia International Airport
NBC10 Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program received in recognition for one of the most outstanding recycling programs in the State of Pennsylvania.
Department of Streets
Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP), PA Waste Industries Association (PWIA), Keystone Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
Dr. Thomas Storey of the Department of Public Health was honored for improving the health of members with diabetes and heart disease.
Department of Public Health
Health Partners
Highest vaccination coverage rate in the United States in urban areas.
Department of Public Health
Mid-Atlantic Region Air Management Association (MARAMA)
Recognition of those Water Department employees who contribute to the safety of everyone who enjoys water recreation.
Department of Water
Environmental Protection Agency
Awarded to the Public Property Department for significant contributions in historic preservation through the restoration of City Hall.
Department of Public Property
Preservation Pennsylvania
Authorized provider award to Philadelphia International Airport.
Philadelphia International Airport
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross
Award for restoriation, repair and protection of historic resources specifically the Chinatown Friendship Gate.
Department of Public Property
Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia
Award for restoriation, repair and protection of historic resources specifically the Chinatown Friendship Gate.
Department of Public Property
Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia
Outstanding merit in the preservation or restoration of significant artifacts of Victorian history.
Department of Public Property
Victorian Society of America
Recognizing advocacy efforts on behalf of children and adolescents by the Department of Behaviroal Health.
Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS)
Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Eastern PA and Southern New Jersey (RCCAP)
Dr. Khudsiya Khan of the Department of Public Health was recognized for excellence in areas of childhood obesity and linking children to medical home care.
Department of Public Health
American Academy of Pediatrics
The Street Department recognized for progress toward becoming a bicycle friendly community.
Department of Streets
League of American Bicyclists
The Office of Sustainability regoznied for being an exemplary model of municipal green innovation through the promotion of solar energy.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
U.S. Department of Energy
The City was honored for excellence in protecting homeowners through the Mortgage Foreclosure Protection Program.
Philadelphia Courts
U.S. Conference of Mayors - City Livability Award
Excellence in public safety partnerships by the Philadelphia Police Department and Community Court.
Police Department
Caron Treatment Centers
Awarded for excellence in financial reporting by the Office of the Director of Finance.
Office of the Director of Finance
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
Award for commitment to supporting the success of small businesses.
Department of Commerce
U.S. Conference of Mayors - Partner America Program
OHCD was recognized for excellence in a new affoardbale housing development--Twins at Powder Mill in Juniata Park.
Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Best in Show award at Philadelphia Flower Show.
Department of Parks & Recreation
International Flower Show
Green2015 was recognized as one of the nations most promising initaitves to better connect communities with their outdoor spaces.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
U.S. Secretary of the Interior; U.S. Department of the Interior
Excellence in GIS technology.
Office of Innovation and Technology
Public Technology Institute (PTI)
Philadelphia received the Cities of Service Leadership Award for increased and active volunteerism in Philadelphia.
Mayor's Office
Rockefeller Foundation/Cities of Service
Diane Inverso of the Free Library was honored for outstanding contribution toward fostering the concept of education as a continuing life-process.
Free Library of Philadelphia
Commission on Adult Basic Education
Fairmount Park was honored for the best exhibit that educates the public about gardening from a non-academic institution.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia International Flower Show
Gloria Casarez, the Director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, was honored as a female organizational leader making a difference in Philadelphia.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
International Women's Day Philadelphia Coalition
Gloria Casarez, director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, was named in the annual issue of GO Magazine profiling women leading LGBT work across the country.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
GO Magazine
Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have fueled the local LGBT community's success of the past year and honored Gloria Casarez, director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
In recognition for the extraordinary accomplishment of the Department of Public Health in achieving 65.9% average coverage of routinely recommended vaccines for adolescents.
Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The Free Library of Philadelphia honored for best practices in children's literacy.
Free Library of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Library Association
The Philadelphia International Airport honored as a Red Cross Partner.
Philadelphia International Airport
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross
The Department of Behavioral Health was honored for their ongoing commitment to employment of welfare recipients.
Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS)
PA Department of Labor & Industry; the PA Department of Education; the PA Department of Aging; and the PA Department of Public Welfare
The Department of Parks and Recreation honored for excellence in programming at Penrose Playground.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
Dr. Thomas Storey of the Philadelphia Health Department was honored for his commitment to breast health in the community.
Department of Public Health
Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Procurement Department was honored as one of the top 10 cities who have sold over $1 million in surplus items.
Department of Procurement
Local Government Procurement Association
L&I Commissioner Fran Burns was awarded for compassion and dedication to Philadelphia.
Licenses & Inspections
Building Industry Association of Philadelphia
The Office of Emergency Management was recognized successful contributions to the first responder community’s use of information technology through its Integrated Public Warning System.
Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (READY)
Center for Digital Government and Emergency Management Magazine
Greenworks Philadelphia was honored for outstanding efforts to achieve complementary economic, environmental and social goals.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce/Siemens
PhillyStat was honored as making Philadelphia a more citizen-engaged community.
Managing Director's Office
Public Technology Institute (PTI)
The Office of LGBT Affairs was awarded for making a difference in the lives of LGBT people.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Dignity Philadelphia
PhillyGoes2College was awarded through the US Conference of Mayors with an outstanding achievement award for its efforts to increase college graduation rates.
Mayor's Office of Education
U.S. Conference of Mayors - City Livability Award
The Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs was honored for work on civil rights issues in LGBT and people of color communities.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Nat'l Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The Philadelphia Police Department was awarded for the establishment of effective research, especially partnerships among law enforcement agencies and researchers.
Police Department
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Recognizing law enforcement agencies who make a significant contribution to advancing public/private cooperation in public safety.
Police Department
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Nikki Johnson-Huston of the Law Department was honored as one of region's 25 most dynamic women.
Law Department (City Solicitor)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Annual award given by local LGBT social networking site for overall leadership in Philadelphia on LGBT issues.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Philadelphia Gay Calendar
The South Street Bridge was recognized as an exceptional engineering challenges resolved with an innovative solutions.
Department of Streets
Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers - Philadelphia Chapter
South Street Bridge named as a Top Ten Bridge.
Department of Streets
Roads & Bridges Magazine
The South Street Bridge was recognized for excellence in bridge reconstruction.
Department of Streets
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
The Philadelphia Water Department was honored for outstanding leadership in protecting national rivers.
Department of Water
American Rivers
The Philadelphia Water Department was honored for their stormwater billing application: PhillyStormWater.
Department of Water
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
The Streets Department was honored for their Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
Department of Streets
North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA)
Dr. Donald Schwarz honored for his leadership in working to create a healthy, active and smoke-free Philadelphia.
Department of Public Health
The College of Physicians, Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Mayor Michael A. Nutter honored for outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Americans for the Arts
The Streets Department was honroed for the oustanding use of technology to solve problems, reduce costs and enhance services through the SwiftReach communication service.
Department of Streets
Public Technology Institute
The Street Department was honored for the outstanding use of technology to solve problems, reduce costs and enhance services through the Big Belly Trash Cans.
Department of Streets
Public Technology Institute
The Streets Department was honored for the oustanding use of technology to solve problems, reduce costs and enhance services through the traffic signal LED installation.
Department of Streets
Public Technology Institute
Dr. Donald Schwarz was honored for an oustanding career promoting the art and science of medicine.
Department of Public Health
American Medical Association
Airport with the Best Concessions Management Team
Philadelphia International Airport
Airport Revenue News
The Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant recognized as an achievement in green power purchasing and renewable energy.
Philadelphia International Airport
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross
The Philadelphia International Airport awarded for outstanding support, technical contributions and assistance to the FAA in completing the Environmental Impact Statement.
Philadelphia International Airport
Federal Aviation Administration
Project U-Turn, through the Mayor's Office of Education, was recognized for being a creative and promising government program.
Mayor's Office of Education
Ash Center, Harvard University Kennedy School
The Governor’s Awards for Excellence was presented to recognize innovative planning and sound land use practices by the Philadelphia Water Department's Green City, Clean Water initative.
Department of Water
Pennsylvnia Governor's Office/State of PA
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council presents the Airport with the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
Philadelphia International Airport
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The Department of Public Health awarded for oustanding effforts to improve air quality.
Department of Public Health
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Air Quality Partnership
The Department of Human Services staff members were awarded for outstanding efforts to protect children from absue and neglect.
Department of Human Services
Philadelphia Department of Human Services
Luisa Garcia of the Department of Human Services was recognized for excellence as a child welfare professionals.
Department of Human Services
Philadelphia Children's Alliance
The Youth Service Center was recognized for excellence at county juvenile detention centers.
Department of Human Services
County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
Commissioner Howard Neukrug was honored with a lifetime achievement award for distinguished environmental leadership.
Department of Water
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Gloria Casarez, Director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, was Recognized for leadership in fight against AIDS.
Department of Public Health
Philaddelphia FIGHT / Philadelphia AIDS Education Month Planning Committee
The Philadelphia International Airport received the Corporate Citizens Award.
Philadelphia International Airport
The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
The Philadelphia Department of Records was honored for the department's achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
Department of Records
American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards
Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler was honored for outstanding leadership in public works.
Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
American City and County Magazine
The Philadelphia Water Department was honored with the environmental leadership award for Green City, Clean Waters.
Department of Water
Delaware Valley Green Building Council
The Streets Department honored for promoting sustainability and green initiatives.
Department of Streets
The Eco Arts Festival hosted by Manayunk Development Corporation, Green Drinks Philly, Mugshots Coffeehouse, and Nicole Miller Philadelphia.
GreenPlan Philadelphia, through the Philadelphia Water Department, was recognized as a top urban planning project.
Department of Water
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
The Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant recognized as an achievement in green power purchasing and renewable energy.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
Greenworks Philadelphia recognized for leadership in the enhancement of our nation’s outdoor heritage.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
Eastman Kodak Company, The Conservation Fund and National Geographic Society
Airport with the Best Concessions Management Team
Philadelphia International Airport
North America by Airports Council International
The Philadelphia International Airport honored with the Green Vision Award for efforts in sustainability.
Philadelphia International Airport
The PENJERDEL Council
Department of Licenses and Inspections honored for excellence in vacant property management.
Licenses & Inspections
American City and County Magazine
Commissioner Howard Neukrug honored with the distinguished achievement medal for the Green City, Clean Waters initiative.
Department of Water
Pennsylvania Horiticultural Society (PHS)
The Water Department honored for its use of GIS in the Green City, Clean Waters initiative.
Department of Water
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Dr. Donald Schwarz honored for excellence in promoting maternal, child and family health issues.
Department of Public Health
March of Dimes
The Philadelphia International Airport honroed with the Employer of the Year Award.
Philadelphia International Airport
Women’s Transportation Seminar
Department of Water
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose honored for her distinguished leadership promoting child welfare.
Department of Human Services
Casey Family Programs
The South Street Bridge was honored for excellence in engineering.
Department of Streets
American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA)
Philly311 was recognized for the oustanding application of information technology with the Philly311 app.
Managing Director's Office
Center for Technology in Government at University of Albany
Gloria Casarez, Director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, was honored by West Chester University as an alumni demonstrating service leadership.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
West Chester University
The Water Departmetn received Best of Show at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Department of Water
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
This award recognizes the Streets Department, which found creative ways to improve their communities through the Big Belly Trashcan installations.
Department of Streets
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Water Department was honored for excellence in stormwater management for Green City, Clean Waters.
Department of Water
Clean Water America Alliance
The South Street Bridge reconstruction project was recognized for engineering excellence award.
Department of Streets
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Mark Gale, the CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport, was honored with the engineering excellence award.
Philadelphia International Airport
American Society of Civil Engineers
Assistant Solicitor Nikki Johnson-Huston was honored with an Eisenhower fellowship.
Law Department (City Solicitor)
Eisenhower Fellowships
Assistant Solicitor Allyson Davis was honored for outstanding leadership in Philadelphia.
Law Department (City Solicitor)
University of Pennsylvania, Fels School of Government
The Phialdelphia International Airport was honored with the Ambassador Award for excellence in welcoming visitors to Philadelphia.
Philadelphia International Airport
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Soil Kitchen, a temporary public art installation commissioned by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, was honored for excellence in public arts.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Americans for the Arts - Public Art Network
Mark Gale, CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport, was honored with the Executive of the Year award.
Philadelphia International Airport
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Deputy Mayor Rich Negrin was honored with Career excellence award.
Law Department (City Solicitor)
Hispanic National Bar Association
Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer was honored for excellence in the arts.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Western States Arts Foundation - Barry's Blog
The PhillyRising Collaborative was honored for oustanding community policing initiatives.
Managing Director's Office
International Association of Chiefs of Police
The Department of Human Services was honored for excellence in improving the delivery of public services and for the ongoing and impressive turnaround of the department over the past five years since the creation of the Community Oversight Board.
Law Department (City Solicitor)
Craig Gottlieb, Deputy City Solicitor
Assistant Solicitor Anthony Agati honored for excellence in the practice of law.
Law Department (City Solicitor)
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)
The Philadelphia Law Department was honored with the commitment to diversity award by the Legal Intelligencer.
Law Department (City Solicitor)
The Legal Intelligencer
The Office of Sustainability and Water Department were eecognized as one of the country's leading green power purchasers by purchasing 127 m kWh of green power, enough to meet 18% of its purchased electricity use.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) & Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Philly311 honored for excellence in multi-channel contact centers.
Managing Director's Office
Public Technology Institute (PTI)
Green 2015 was recognized by the US Conference of Mayors as having created a more livable community.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability (MOS)
U.S. Conference of Mayors
KEYSPOTS was recognized for its strategy to improve digital inclusion to stimuluate job creation, economic growth, and improve the delivery of government services.
Office of Innovation and Technology
Intelligent Community Forum
Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer honored with the cultural leadership award.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
The Print Center
Commissioner Howard Neukrug honored with the park advocacy award.
Department of Water
The Philadelphia Parks Alliance
The Water Department was recognized for its three water pollution control facilities meeting 100% compliance with regulations.
Department of Water
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
Gloria Casarez, Director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, was recognitized for her contributions as an ally outside the legal community to the cause of equality.
Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Philadelphia Bar Association
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission was honored for excellence in zoning for the Integrated Planning and Zoning Process.
City Planning Commission
American Planning Association
The Office of the Inspector General was honored for outstanding contributions to responsible conduct in public service.
Inspector General's Office
American Society for Public Administration
Oustanding contributions to promote the art and science of medicine.
Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS)
American Medical Association
Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis was recognized for outstanding leadership in support of Parks and Recreation.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society
Carousel House was honored as a facility that provides high quality recreation services to persons with disabilities on an ongoing basis.
Department of Parks & Recreation
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society