Sustain Charlotte nominations
The second annual Community Sustainability Awards celebration will be 7-9 p.m. April 6 at the 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St. Nominations will be accepted for the following categories: air quality; buildings and homes; sustainable economy; energy; food; parks and green pace; waste, social equity; transportation; water quality; outstanding educator or student work; and overall outstanding leader.
Tickets for the event include dinner and two drinks per person. The price is $65 before March 1 or $50 for Sustain Charlotte members; $35 for full-time students. Details, tickets and to nominate: www.sustaincharlotte.org/events.
Backyard makeover contest
Homeowners can enter the Dream Backyard Makeover national contest through April 22. The grand prize is a $70,000 backyard makeover, courtesy of Archadeck, Belgard Hardscapes and TimberTech. The second-place winner will receive a renovation for an existing deck or patio. Third prize is an outdoor lighting system by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.
To enter, submit photos and a 200-word description of why your backyard deserves a makeover. Details and to enter: www.dreambackyardmakeover.com.
IKEA to help nonprofits
IKEA’s Life Improvement Project plans to give a $10,000 makeover to a North Carolina charity.
The Relatives, a nine-bed Charlotte emergency shelter for children ages 7 to 17, is one of the nominees and could receive donations of bedding, bedroom storage and media organization products.
Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman for children with chronic medical conditions, could win $10,000 in linens, fleece blankets, furniture, LED bulbs and other items.
Online voting is open through March 11. Details and to vote: www.thelifeimprovementproject.com.