Earlier this month, Oxbow was awarded a 2016 Leadership Award from Sustainable Seattle in the category “Communicating for Change.”
Sarah Dublin and Pat Dunn, who together made up Oxbow’s 2015 marketing and communications team, attended the awards dinner at the Seattle Yacht Club on March 4 after learning that Oxbow had been nominated anonymously by a CSA member and chosen as a finalist by a panel of judges.
The “Communicating for Change” category recognized “innovative examples” of an organization having “engaged and entertained, plus led notable shifts in behavior via a specific initiative.” Oxbow was chosen as a finalist for “agricultural resilience reporting, connecting and educating the community about local agriculture and the ecological impact of the drought and workers’ rights.”
Oxbow’s 2015 communications focus was informing the community about issues in land use and sustainable agriculture, particularly as related to the spring and summer drought. Major stories included The Raspberry Disaster, Our Salmon are in Hot Water, and The Butterfly Effect.
The event was emceed by Ashley Aheard, an environment reporter for KUOW and part of the award-winning regional multimedia collaborative project EarthFix.
Sustainable Seattle is a 25 year-old nonprofit with a mission to promote “innovations that advance healthy communities, environments, and economies.” Every year the organization acknowledges the work of outstanding community members and organizations through its Leadership Awards.