2018 CREST (Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken) Awards
Each year the City of Cupertino presents its CREST Awards, “Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken,” to honor the outstanding contributions of Cupertino community members. The 2018 CREST Awards will be presented by the Cupertino Mayor and City Councilmembers on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue.
Nomination Period Now Open
Award criteria and nomination requirements are of the form. Complete the information and attach your answers to the required questions. Please be as detailed as possible. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by 5 p.m. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted. Individuals and organizations cannot nominate themselves. Current Cupertino City Councilmembers, Commissioners, and staff members cannot be nominated. Selection Committee Members cannot make nominations. Final decisions will be shared with all nominators in April 2018.
Changes to the CREST Awards
For more than 30 years, the City of Cupertino has recognized its outstanding community volunteers with an awards program. Hundreds of residents and community organizations have been honored with the award, now known as the CREST (Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken) Awards.
Unfortunately, over the last five to 10 years, fewer and fewer applications have been turned in. So the pool of applications has shrunk.
The City decided to turn this circumstance into an opportunity to look at how best to use the CREST Awards program to better reflect the Cupertino community. After some internal deliberation, the City decided on seven new categories (four volunteer and three distinct awards):
- Lifetime Achievement Award (Volunteer)
- Individual of the Year (Volunteer)
- Organization of the Year (Volunteer)
- Rising Star Award (Volunteer)
- Innovator of the Year (Technology)
- Public Safety Champion of the Year
- Sustainability Champion of the Year
The City hopes that these new categories will not only attract more nominations, but will capture a larger array of residents whose individual contributions to Cupertino go beyond volunteerism.