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June 22, 2001

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has named Honolulu as one of the top five cities with populations of more than 100,000 to receive a City Livability Award, Mayor Jeremy Harris announced. 

“I am proud and honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of our dedicated environmental services staff and the thousands of residents and businesses who have volunteered to help us protect and preserve our beautiful island resources,” the Mayor said. 

Honolulu won out over hundreds of other large cities throughout the United States who applied in the 2001 United States City Livability Awards Program.  Only 10 cities were selected for the award. Honolulu placed in the top five with an “Outstanding Achievement” rating for its Clean Water public education program. 

The Clean Water Campaign is a public education program aimed at protecting Oahu’s inland and coastal waters – streams, canals, reservoirs, rivers, beaches and reefs. 

Other highly popular island-wide programs have included storm drain stenciling, adopt-a-stream and cleanup activities conducted by volunteers.  An estimated 30,000 island residents have been involved with the campaign. 

Additionally, the public education campaign includes educational brochures, school outreach activities, trade show displays, environmental presentations, and a city website devoted to clean water education (www.CleanwaterHonolulu.com).  Also, the City’s Environmental Concern Line (527-5091) has assisted residents, businesses, and tourists with information about our environment. 

Three other cities also received an “Outstanding Achievement” rating in the Livability Award competition-- Fresno, California; Louisville, Kentucky; and Madison, Wisconsin.  praward 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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