Governor Environmental Citation Award

New for 2022-23 is an opportunity to celebrate Rotary International’s NEW Area of Focus – the Environment AND earn special recognition for your Club at the 2023 District Conference. Here’s how it works… District Governor Jennifer has partnered with our District ESRAG team (Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group) to identify the 12 monthly challenges below. Highlight that theme within your Club in some way and make a quick online submission monthly on the District 5130 website showing what you did.
Every month you’ll get an email with ideas and suggestions of how you might want to participate (see page 2 for May and June). Or you can come up with your own! Participate in at least 9 of the 12 challenges, and you will receive this special award recognition and probably have some fun in the process!

  • May 2022: Find Your Carbon Footprint!
  • June 2022: Bike, Walk, Carpool to Rotary – Reduce that Footprint
  • July 2022: Cut Out the Plastic!
  • August 2022: Get Prepared – Drought & Fire Preparedness
  • September 2022: Big West Summits
  • October 2022: Think Big – Think Global!
  • November 2022: Zero Out That Waste
  • December 2022: Biodiversity, Pollinators – Learn All About It!
  • January 2023: Replanting of Native Seeds
  • February 2023: Grow, Grow, Grow (but plan first, NOW is the time)
  • March 2023: Let’s Clean It Up!
  • April 2023: Celebrating Mother Earth – Earth Day

May 2023: Skies the Limit! Create your own

Ready?   Let’s Get Started!

May Challenge Ideas:  Find Your Carbon Footprint

  • Encourage club members to calculate their own carbon footprint Perhaps do it together during a club meeting or email out the link.
  • Have your members report on their “number”
  • Go to and click the “Governors Award Submission” link to submit your findings!

June Challenge ideas: Reduce Carbon Footprint. . . What’s next?

  • Create a contest in your club. . . walk, carpool, or ride your bike to your meetings. . .those that do, put the names in a hat for a drawing of some sort (or bragging rights)
  • Host a speaker from Foundation for Climate Restoration or Open Air Collective or District ESRAG Team. Contact Barbara McChesney, District ESRAG Chair, for speaker ideas
  • Participate in a tree-planting project or sponsor one here or abroad.

How does this challenge work?

  • Review the environmental topics for each month.
  • Choose an activity from the suggested list or make up your own.
  • Make it as simple or complicated as you like.
  • Take photos and document.
  • Submit online a very simple report on our website at


To complete your challenge for the month you can:

  • Host a movie night or guest speaker at your club.
  • Participate in Rotary environmental international projects.
  • Learn about and participate in current Environmental programs in District 5130 and beyond.
  • Host ESRAG members to speak at your clubs on a monthly topic.
  • Encourage members to join ESRAG.
  • Or do one of the suggested activities!
  • For more information or questions contact Barbara McChesney at or call 707-477-1518