Volunteer Awards Program

Each year, the Hampton Clean City Commission (HCCC) honors Hampton residents, businesses, and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the improvement of Hampton's environment. Awards are presented primarily at the annual volunteer recognition event.

Environmental Excellence Awards


The highest honors HCCC bestows on individuals are the Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards recognize individuals who exhibit extraordinary dedication to keeping Hampton clean and green. The awards focus on three aspect of HCCC's program - cleanups, environmental education, and water quality improvement. Only one person is selected for each award annually.


The Bert Carr Litter Prevention Award

was established in memory of former HCCC Chair Bert Carr, who was a strong and vocal proponent of a clean and beautiful Hampton. To be eligible for the Bert Carr Litter Prevention Award, winners must have participated in the Adopt-A-Spot program for five or more years extended their environmental service into education efforts beyond the Adopt-A-Spot program.

The Harriet Storm Environmental Education Award

honors Harriet Nachman Storm, former HCCC Chair, who served on the board from 1996 to 2010 and as an appointed and ex officio member. Harriet was a tireless advocate for the Clean City Commission, to City Council and to the public. She strongly promoted improved environmental education programs, organizational development within HCCC, and public awareness outreach.

The Mary Jo Hogge Water Quality Award

remembers Mary Jo Hogge, a member of the HCCC Board from 1988 - 1996. Her special love was the coastal beauty of Hampton, and she worked tirelessly to educate citizens about the importance of our coastal environment. Hogge initiated the first Hampton Coastal Conference in October 1990 and implemented succeeding efforts in succeeding years.

Clean City Awards


The Clean City Awards recognize those citizens, organizations, and workplaces that go well beyond the average enthusiasm that is common among clean city advocates in Hampton. They give their whole hearts to making Hampton a cleaner and greener city. Their deeds, which are extraordinary in scope, length of time, or impact, earn the respect and recognition of their peers.

Green School Awards


The Green School Awards recognize no more than five schools that develop environmental programs and activities in six areas: litter prevention, environmental education within the classrooms and in extracurricular activities, school beautification, environmental leadership through related clubs, and energy and water conservation.

Extra Mile Awards


The Extra Mile Awards were instituted to recognize the Adopt-A-Spot participants who clean up at least 10 times a year up to 19 times a year.

Golden Litter Stick Awards


The Golden Litter Stick Awards were instituted to recognize the efforts of individual and group participants in the Adopt-A-Spot program who provide extraordinary service to the city by cleaning their spots 20 or more times each year, nearly bi-weekly or more often.

Hampton Clean & Green Business Awards


The Clean & Green Business Awards, which are presented quarterly at the regional Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Forums, are based on responsible solid waste management strategies, including litter prevention; maintenance of attractive exteriors and/or grounds; and community involvement, particularly in clean city related activities. The quarterly award winners are also recognized at the annual volunteer recognition event.

Yards Are Really Distinctive Showplaces Contest Awards


YARDS awards are presented at two levels. Monthly, three Yard of the Month Awards are presented to the best yards evaluated by volunteers May through September. The winners of the Yard of the Month Awards are considered for additional recognition and one is selected as Yard of the Year. The Yard of the Year is recognized at the annual volunteer recognition event.

Nomination forms