(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — Nominations now are being accepted for the 2022 Greater Erie Awards. Nominations will be accepted through April 27.

The Greater Erie Awards are given annually by Preservation Erie. According to a Preservations Erie news release, “The awards are given to individuals, businesses, or organizations that are exceptional stewards of the physical and cultural landscape that is Greater Erie.”

To nominate a building or person, go online to www.preservationerie.org. Nominated structures must be in Erie County, the news release said.

Nominees are grouped into four categories: Preservation excellence, adaptive reuse, design excellence, and education and advocacy.

According to the press release:

Preservation excellence focuses on buildings, structures or spaces (at least 50 years old) that have been conserved, stabilized and preserved in a manner honoring the individual property.

Adaptive reuse focuses on buildings, structures or spaces (at least 50 years old) that have been renovated to allow a thoughtful community-enhancing reuse that respects the historical character of the site.

Design excellence focuses on buildings, structures or spaces (less than 50 years old) that have been constructed in a matter that both honors the character of the existing built environment and uses green energy best practices including creating the least amount of environmental impact and/or LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) certification.

Education and advocacy acknowledges the work of local photographers, authors, community advocates, non-building related projects, and others who are helping to raise awareness of historic preservation. Nominees must live in Erie County.

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Preservation Erie was formed in 2007 to “promote, preserve and enhance the distinctive character of greater Erie through community-based planning, design and historic preservation.”