Are You a Local Hero? Or Do You Know Someone Who Is? Nominate Them for The Daily Green's Heart of Green Awards!

For the third year in a row, The Daily Green will be honoring people hugely famous, and not so much in their Heart of Green awards in April, and one of my favorite categories of the event is the Local Hero Award. Is there someone in your community that you think should get national recognition for their hard work on behalf of people and the environment?

Here are the details (or check out the video above):

Create a video of you, your nominee or both of you, explaining why your nominee deserves to be recognized. Share the video on our Facebook page.

Alternately, write a succinct (250 words) nomination, explaining why your nominee deserves to be recognized. Expect your nomination to be published under your name. Attach a quality photo of the nominee that The Daily Green has permission to publish.

Send the video link or the text and photo to TDG senior editor Dan Shapley ([email protected]). Write “Heart of Green nomination” and the nominee’s name in the subject line.

Include e-mail and telephone contact information so we can reach both you and your nominee.

State how you know or are affiliated with the nominee. Disclose any and all business interests. We prefer nominations submitted by those who work with, or are affected by, the nominee to those submitted by public relations professionals.

If you are nominating someone who has been previously nominated, you must submit a new nomination that adheres to the 2011 guidelines.

Send nominations by Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

Nominations may be published at the sole discretion of The Daily Green, and must adhere to our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. By submitting a nomination, you are agreeing to those terms.

The Daily Green’s editors will select a winner. The Daily Green’s audience will also select one “People’s Choice” winner during online voting scheduled to begin Feb. 21. (The same person may win both.)

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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.