Recognized for Greening Our City
The environmentally friendly landscape designs surrounding Northwestern Memorial earned the hospital first place in the Commercial Landscapes category of Mayor Daley’s 2010 Landscape Awards. Winners are chosen based on their efforts to develop landscapes that make substantial and lasting contributions to the well being of Chicago.
First held in 1956, the annual awards highlight the horticultural achievements of residents, businesses, schools and non-profit organizations that exemplify Chicago’s motto of “City in a Garden."
“Supporting environmentally friendly projects aligns with our Patients First mission since often the first impression our patients and families have of our organization is the landscaping and exterior of our facilities,” says Gary J. Fennessy, Vice President of Operations at Northwestern Memorial. “We worked closely with the city to create a warm and welcoming environment that supports both our community and city.”
The foliage surrounding Northwestern Memorial includes many perennials, which are low cost and require minimal maintenance. Landscaping efforts are managed by the Facilities department and led by Donnley R. Phillips, senior facility manager.
Award winners in thirteen categories were honored during an awards ceremony. Chicago Public Schools’ Northside College Preparatory High School’s “Joy Garden” won top overall honors.
“I am proud to honor such a diverse group of people representing all corners of the city - our businesses, our schools, our community groups - are all connected by the common thread of greening and beautifying Chicago,” says Mayor Richard M. Daley. “The positive impact that these gardens and landscapes have on our environment and quality of life cannot be understated.”